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Do You Need a License to Ride a Motorcycle in Florida?

To ride a motorcycle in Florida, if you already have a valid Florida driver's license, you only need a motorcycle endorsement. You can get this by completing the Florida Rider Program. If you want to get a motorcycle-only license, then you have to be at least 16 and hold a learner's permit for at least one full year without traffic convictions. If you are over 18, then the learner's permit is not necessary, but you have to pass the standard class E license test and also complete the Basic Rider Course.

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Florida is one of the best riding states in the country. The reason?

Florida's roads are spectacular sceneries available year-round and best seen from the seat of a motorcycle.

Riding legally is important, though. To drive a 50cc or more two or three-wheeled motorcycle, you must have an endorsement on your driver's license or a motorcycle-only license.

A motorcycle endorsement goes on your driver’s license, showing that you have been approved by the state of Florida to operate a motorcycle and it costs $7.

On the other hand, a motorcycle-only license although it doesn’t require you to take a driving test in a typical automobile costs $48 and holds you to the following eligibility and testing requirements:

  • You must be at least 16 years of age
  • You must complete a 15-hour Basic Rider Course
  • You must have at least a Class E driver's license

How Do I Apply for a Florida Motorcycle License?

To apply, you'll need to take a written exam with multiple-choice questions about motorcycle laws and basic road safety. You'll also have to take a vision and hearing test as well as a driving test on your motorcycle.

Also, according to the Florida Rider Training Program (FRTP), before obtaining a motorcycle endorsement or motorcycle-only license you must complete a basic motorcycle safety course. Basic Rider Course (BRC) consists of 15 hours of entry-level skills for responsible riding including starting, stopping, turning, swerving, and cornering. To sign up, you'll need at least a Class E learner's license.

If you're at least 21 years old and can show proof of a minimum medical insurance policy of $10K, you can choose not to wear a helmet at your own risk. Otherwise, the laws are clear, all riders younger than 21 must wear helmets, have some sort of eye protection, such as goggles or glasses, or have a windshield on the bike.

Experienced motorcyclists know that riding safely means having the best skills on the road and go to great lengths to make sure they are safe. They respect the rules of the road and extend courtesy to other drivers, but when drivers are distracted or do not see the motorcycle, motorcyclists can sustain severe injury and death.

What If I Wasn't Wearing a Helmet When I Got in a Motorcycle Accident?

An important thing to remember about motorcycle accident law in Florida is that each case has different circumstances and a different chain of events that led up to that accident. So, we can only answer this question in general terms.

You can file a claim for your injuries even if you were not wearing a helmet. However, the fact that you were not wearing a helmet will influence the amount of damages you receive. Especially if whether or not wearing your helmet caused or made your injuries worse.

For example, not wearing a helmet would not have made any difference if it were your knees that were injured and you can’t walk. The motorcycle lawyer at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary is eager to review your claim and any concerns you may have about your accident.

What Are the Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents and the Most Common Injuries?

While Florida has the ideal motorcycle riding weather year-round, it also has the largest amount of motorcycle crash-related fatalities. The motorcycle accident attorney here at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary is faced with the often tragic consequences of motorcycle wrecks.

According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration, there were 89,000 motorcyclists injured in 2017 and another 5,172 killed. The agency said in its Traffic Safety Report for 2017 that per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists, are about 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash.

The great majority of motorcycle accidents occur as a result of collisions with cars and trucks. There are several types of these accidents, many of which are caused by driver negligence on the part of the truck or automobile driver:

  • Rear-end collisions
  • Sudden braking vehicle ahead
  • Intersection collisions
  • Car doors opening
  • Driveway accidents

These are just some of the types of motorcycle accidents that happen. It may seem unfair, but as a biker or a motorcycle enthusiast, it’s often on you to raise awareness of motorcycle safety and to make people more aware of your presence on the road. One accident is one too many.

Approximately 35% of all motorcycle accidents result in major impacts on the chin-bar region of the face. Motorcycle collisions can result in many serious injuries, including:

  • A concussion or brain damage
  • Broken joints, fingers, spine, and neck
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Facial disfigurement (if in the absence of a full-face helmet)

What Do I Need to Do After a Motorcycle Accident?

As a rider, there are many things you can do to limit your accident risk and protect yourself on the road. However, avoiding these accidents is not always a possibility. Perhaps a large pothole in the road caused you to lose control and crash your bike into a barrier or you hit a telephone pole while swerving to avoid a reckless driver.

As Miami-Dade County motorcycle injury attorney, Sean M. Cleary represents bikers who were injured while riding on Interstate 95. I-95 is highly trafficked and poorly maintained.

Our law firm also frequently represents out-of-state motorcyclists who were injured while traveling through Florida on I-95.

When a person is killed in a motorcycle accident resulting from negligence, surviving relatives may bring a wrongful death claim seeking monetary damages to compensate for the loss of their loved one. Depending on the circumstances, family members may also bring claims for elements such as loss of companionship. It's important to speak to a Florida attorney who is knowledgeable in wrongful death actions to answer any questions you may have and help you pursue the best legal options that apply to your case.

If you’ve been injured and feel you have a case, contact our motorcycle accident attorney here at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary. We are a caring, small law firm that keeps our client’s best interest in mind, our clients always come first. You don't have to pursue your claim alone; hiring a professional attorney to fight for your case can make all the difference in recovering the compensation you deserve.

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