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Laws on Lane splitting, Helmets and Lane Sharing in Florida

The state of Florida has some exceptional roads for motorcycle enthusiasts. Yet whether you are new to riding or a seasoned biker, you should take a moment to understand the laws about how to ride safely and lawfully.

Below is information on some motorcycle laws in Florida:

  • Lane splitting: If you don’t own a motorcycle or are just getting into riding then you may not have heard of lane splitting. Lane splitting is the act of riding between roadway lanes of vehicles moving in the same direction. For example, riding through bumper-to-bumper traffic on the highway is considered lane splitting. In Florida, this behavior is considered reckless and dangerous and is therefore illegal.
  • Lane sharing: Lane sharing refers to the behavior of allowing two motorcycles to ride side by side in the same lane. Lane sharing is legal in the Sunshine State.
  • Helmet: Every motorcycle rider in Florida is required to wear a helmet. However, if you are 21 years of age or older and have an insurance policy with a minimum of $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries that occur from an accident that happens while you are on a motorcycle, the law does not apply. In addition, all riders, regardless of age or insurance policy must wear protective eye gear.

Unfortunately, even if you obey the law, you may still be in an accident. Many drivers of passenger cars and trucks simply do not give motorcyclists the space they need. If you are in an accident and suffer an injury, seek help from an experienced lawyer.

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