Monthly Archives: October 2011

Can Motorcyclists / Bikers Ride Two in the Same Lane in the State of Florida?

On Florida highways and roads, motorcyclists / bikers are permitted under Florida law to ride two abreast in the same lane of travel. Pursuant to Section 316.209 – Operating Motorcycles on Roadways Laned for Traffic, all motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane. This subsection shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane. Drivers of motor vehicles including automobiles, trucks, and commercial vehicles should be on the look out for motorcycles and … Continue reading

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Can Motorcyclists / Bikers Lane Split on Roads and Highways in the State of Florida? What is the Florida Law on Passing for Bikers?

On Florida roads and highways, lane splitting is prohibited by Florida law. In other words, a biker / motorcyclist is not permitted to pass or overtake in the same lane occupied by the vehicle overtaken. It can be quite dangerous for a motorcyclist / biker to split a lane and pass while a vehicle is still in the biker’s lane of travel. This law is in place for both the safety of the biker and the safety of other drivers operating vehicles on Florida roads and highways. See Section 316.209, Florida Statutes. Unfortunately, motorcyclists and bikers suffer personal injuries due … Continue reading

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Does Florida Law Require Motorcyclists / Bikers to Wear a Helmet?

Does Florida Law Require Motorcyclists / Bikers to Wear a Helmet? One would think that there is a simple answer to this question; however, a motorcyclist / biker should review Section 316.211 of the Florida Statutes to make sure that he or she is complying with Florida law. There are ways to comply with Florida law and avoid wearing a helmet. Many bikers / motorcyclists do not want to wear a helmet and this can be perfectly legal in Florida as long as this statute is complied with. Section 316.211, Florida Statutes provides rules, regulations and laws for Equipment for … Continue reading

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What Are the Educational Requirements for First Time Motorcycle License or Endorsement Applicants?

In the State of Florida, all first time motorcycle license or endorsement applicants must complete a BRC (Basic Rider Course) to receive a license to operate a motorcycle. Section 322.12 – Examination of Applicants provides the following: 1. The department is required to formulate a separate examination for applicants for a license to operate a motorcycle. 2. The examination must test the applicant’s knowledge of the operation of a motorcycle and applicable traffic laws. 3. The examination also must also include an actual demonstration of the applicant’s ability to exercise ordinary and reasonable control in the operation of the motorcycle. … Continue reading

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What Are the State Insurance Requirements / Financial Responsibility Laws for Motorcycle Owners in the State of Florida?

In the State of Florida, a person can own a motorcycle and have no insurance in place whatsoever for that motorcycle. Florida law under most instances has no requirements for motorcycle owners and bikers. Of course, the laws for financial responsibility are much different for owners of motor vehicles including passenger vehicles, automobiles, trucks, and commercial vehicles. See Section 324.01 – Financial Responsibility Laws for Vehicles (Other than Motorcycles). According to Daniel Miller, insurance agent and agency owner of Brightway Insurance Jacksonville, all motorcycle owners should insure their motorcycles with the following coverages: property damage liability, bodily injury liability, uninsured … Continue reading

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What is the Statute of Limitations for a Motorcycle Accident in the State of Florida?

The statute of limitations is the prescribed time limit under Florida law in which a motorcyclist / biker needs to file a lawsuit enforce his or her rights. Generally, the statute of limitations is 4 years from the date of the motorcycle accident. If there is Uninsured Motorist motorcycle coverage in place, the statute of limitations could be as long as 5 years but only for the cause of action or case direction against the Uninsured Motorist / Underinsured Motorist motorcycle insurance company. If a death results from the motorcycle / automobile accident, the statute of limitations in Florida to … Continue reading

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Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach Florida – Watch Out for Motorcycles

Biketober fest is a festival, gathering, celebration, tradition, and many other things to bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts in Florida and the rest of the United States. It is estimated that the event / celebration brings in over 125,000 bikers to the Daytona Beach / Volusia County area every year. With the influx of bikers also come tourist dollars for hotels, motels, restaurants, and shops in and around the Daytona Beach area. Biketoberfest and all other times of year should be times in which drivers and others respect motorcyclists and bikers. Pay attention when a motorcycle / biker is on the … Continue reading

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Four Biker / Motorcyclist Deaths Reported in Volusia County, Florida

October in Volusia County including Daytona Beach, Deland, Port Orange and other cities brings an influx of bikers and motorcyclists. Unfortunately, at this time of year, during Biketoberfest there are reports of motorcycle / biker accidents, personal injuries, and tragic deaths. It was recently reported by the Daytona Beach News Journal that four bikers / motorcyclists lost their lives in two separate motorcycle / automobile accidents. See Four Bikers Killed in Two Separate Accidents in Volusia County, Florida. There are many issues that arise when there is a motorcycle / automobile accident including the following: Who received the traffic citation? … Continue reading

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What Statutes Apply to Liability for Dog Bites in the State of Florida?

Florida has its own set of laws in place that deal with liability for dog bite related injuries and damages. The laws regarding dog bite injuries and damages vary from State to State. In addition, to dog bite laws, nuisance and dog leash laws vary from State to State as well. In Florida, nuisance and dog leash laws even vary from county to county. When dealing with a dog bite or dog nuisance matter, it is important to review the Florida Statutes on point as well as the local ordinances on point. Chapter 767, Florida Statutes covers dog owner liability … Continue reading

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Pedestrian Death Reported in Jacksonville Beach, Florida – Dangers of Florida Roadways to Pedestrians

In Jacksonville Beach Florida and other beach towns and cities, there is generally a good bit of foot traffic or pedestrians walking on or near the roadways. Because of the presence and number of pedestrians, it is important for drivers to slow down in beach related areas whether the road is right near the beach or leading to restaurants and businesses serving the beach area. It is especially important to drive safe in residential areas on or near the beach. It was reported by the Jacksonville Times Union that a pedestrian was struck and killed in the Jacksonville Beach area. … Continue reading

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