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Can I “Ride Free” Legally in Florida?

While Florida law respects a rider’s choice to “ride free” of a helmet, I urge motorcyclists and passengers to wear state-approved safety helmets. The only scenario requiring insurance arises when a 21-year-old or older rider chooses to bike without a helmet. Florida law states that if a rider 21 years of age or older operates a bike without a helmet, then the motorcyclist must carry an insurance policy, providing at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a motorcycle crash. (See., Florida Statutes §316.011(2010)).

Traffic accidents involving motorcycles can easily be catastrophic and fatal. Remember, a majority of Florida motorists are uninsured, underinsured, or carry only minimum limits required by law-hardly enough to cover an emergency room trip. Motorcyclists are no exception-ride legally, safely, and responsibly-carry adequate insurance coverage, especially Uninsured Motorist Coverage.

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We at Meldon Law strongly believe that public education is the first step in the prevention of an accident or in the recovery from one.

We are experienced personal injury attorneys, trial lawyers, negotiators, litigators, paralegals, and staff that have been proudly working to get accident victims the justice they deserve for over 40 years in Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, Inverness, and the rest of North Central Florida and North Florida. Accidents involving a car crash, truck wreck, and motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and criminal defense are all included in our practice.

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Contact Meldon Law at 800-373-8000 immediately if you have been involved in a serious auto, truck, or motorcycle accident. We are in your community, have the experience and resources required to work towards obtaining a fair settlement for you – we are here to help you.

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