If you’re like many thousands of other people in Florida who get a thrill by riding a motorcycle, you’ve probably wanted to share the experience with a friend or a family member. Be aware, though, that bringing a passenger on board not only can increase your risk of being in an Orlando motorcycle crash, but it also changes the way you should ride. With a passenger on board, equipment regulations change, and you need to be certain that the person you are carrying complies with the relevant state laws.
To help you get the most out of your experience, here are a few things to keep in mind as you head out on the highway.
- Encourage your passenger to wear a helmet. People who are at least 21 years old are not legally required to wear a helmet, but Florida law does require those who choose not to wear a helmet to have a minimum of $10,000 in medical insurance. It’s safer, and it makes good sense to ask your passenger to wear a helmet.
- Drive defensively. Operating a motorcycle in the middle of two lanes of traffic might make it seem like you’re getting to your destination faster, but in doing so, you’re placing yourself and your passenger at greater risk for being involved in an accident. Having a passenger on the back of your bike can interfere with your line of vision, making it more dangerous to zip around other cars. And, just in case you didn’t already know it, driving between lanes of traffic is illegal.
- Check your insurance coverage. You should know what is covered and what you are financially responsible for if you should ever have the unfortunate experience of being involved in a motorcycle accident in Florida. Motorcyclists cannot purchase personal injury protection (PIP) or “no-fault” insurance in Florida. However, a licensed insurance agent can tell you about voluntary insurance you can purchase that will cover injuries you and a passenger might sustain in a Florida motorcycle collision.
Knowledge Equals Power in Orlando Motorcycle Accident Cases
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident with a passenger on board, contact a Florida motorcycle accident attorney at Auto Justice Attorney for help with your case. Call 888-465-1577 today for a free, no-obligation consultation.