If you are older than 16 years old, you are not legally required to wear a bike helmet in Florida.
If you are under 16 years old in Florida, you are legally required to wear a bike helmet.
If you are under 16, you need to wear a helmet regardless of if you’re a bike rider or a passenger. The helmet must be fitted appropriately (more information on this below) and have the strap be snuggly fastened, according to Florida law. Passengers also include children riding in trailers or anything attached to a bicycle, so any child riding or being transported by a bike in any way must have a helmet on in Florida.
Children ages 5 to 14 years old go to emergency rooms due to bicycle-related injuries more than any other sport, according to NHTSA. Many of these injuries are head injuries. Because of how often children suffer head injuries on bikes, most states – including Florida – have bike helmet laws in place to protect children.
While bike accidents are very common among children, bicycle crashes can happen at any time to anyone – even the most experienced riders. A middle-aged adult is the average age of someone injured or killed in a bike accident, according to national data.
Florida Law only requires the use of a helmet for children under 16 years of age (Florida Law 316.2065(3)(d)). Although a first offense will likely only result in a warning, education, or a revocable fine, the main concern is your safety, not the law.
Helmets are vital to your protection while riding a bicycle, whether you are a child under 16 or an adult. As South Florida Bike Accident Injury Lawyers, we’ve been around the block. Here is our advice:
In Florida, eBikes are classified as bicycles. You can learn all about important Florida Bike Laws on our site.
This means that E-Bike rides have all the rights, privileges and duties of a cyclist. You can ride them on the street and, where local law permits, on the sidewalk.
While riding an E-Bike in Florida, you are not required to wear a helmet if you are over 16 years of age. The same helmet rules apply to E-Bike riders as they do to regular bike riders in Florida.
However, as E-Bike accident injury lawyers, we also recommend wearing a helmet anyway. The safety benefits cannot be overstated—it could be the difference between life and death.
Wearing a bike helmet is the single most effective piece of equipment for bike riders of all ages. In the unfortunate event of a crash, a helmet is the best thing to have. It could save your life or prevent a severe brain injury or concussion.
For other bike safety tips, check out our E-Bike Guide Blog or our guide on Florida Laws when it comes to Bikers and Drivers sharing the road.
If you or someone you love suffered injuries while riding a bicycle, a personal injury lawsuit may be the only way that you can fully recover financially.
Many injured riders are eligible to seek compensation for the expenses related to the accident, including emergency medical treatment and long-term care needs, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and lost wages, as well as compensation for the pain and suffering.
The Law Office of Andrew G. Rosenberg, P.A. is here to help bicyclists who careless or negligent drivers have injured start the process of financial recovery. If you’ve been hurt in a bicycle accident, you need to speak with an experienced Florida bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Please contact us online or call our Coral Springs office directly at (954) 755-7803 to schedule your free consultation. We proudly serve Florida residents, including all of Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, and all points in between.