This is an important question because in Florida it is required to wear an approved protective helmet when riding a motorcycle, unless the biker is over 21 and carries $10,000 of medical payments insurance.
Here is what the Statute says: “A person may not operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless the person is properly wearing protective headgear securely fastened upon his or her head which complies with Federal Motorcycle Vehicle Safety Standard 218…” The exception to this law is if a biker is over 21 and carries $10,000 of medical payments insurance.
It is important to purchase a motorcycle helmet that meets with Standard 218 criteria not only because it is the law but also because, Standard 218, “establishes minimum performance requirements for helmets designed for use by motorcyclists and other motor vehicle users. The purpose of this standard is to reduce deaths and injuries to motorcyclists and other motor vehicle users resulting from head impacts”.
Helmets that do not meet the minimal Department of Transportation (DOT) certification standards may not be sold as “motorcycle helmets.”
In other words, motorcycle helmets must have a DOT sticker on them, which means that before they could be sold as a helmet for motorcycles, a model had to have been submitted for testing to see if it met the DOT standards.
Also, when choosing a helmet make sure that it not only has the DOT sticker on it, but that it is the proper size for your head, here is a link to a motorcycle helmet size chart.
Reminder: Proper fitting motorcycle helmets protect your head and your rider’s head, they are important to wear every time you get on your bike, even if just for a short spin, because no matter how good a driver you are, other drivers can make a “bonehead” move and your life can change forever.
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