While Florida may top the list in the country for accidents, to include cars, motorcyclists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and boats too, the beauty of the state itself and the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors continues to draw a growing population; in fact, Florida is one of the fastest growing states in the country today, with cities such as Tampa and Orlando exhibiting massive gains in new residents. More people means more traffic (and also, unfortunately, more accidents)—along with an influx of drivers looking into new licensing and registration.
For motorcyclists entering Florida or for residents just purchasing a bike, know what you will need in terms of pre-licensing education, licenses, and more. If you have just moved into the state, most likely you can look forward to skipping another driver’s course or having to take a test; however, that only applies if you come into Florida with a license/endorsement that is still valid. All you will need is your old license, and documents proving you are now a resident.
If you are a Florida driver with a FL Class E license (this is the basic non-commercial drivers license) adding a motorcycle onto your license as an endorsement, you are required by the State of Florida to complete an MSF Basic Rider Course. If you are over 18 and want a Motorcycle Only driver’s license, you must either already have a valid driver’s license or proceed to take the written knowledge exams, an MSF Basic Rider Course, and vision test. If you are a motorcyclist under 18 (with 16 being the youngest age you can apply), the State of Florida requires you to have a driver’s license for a minimum of one year with no moving violations.
Once you are out on the roads enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, remember that it is more important than ever to drive defensively, always watching for other motorists. Be visible by wearing bright colors and shifting in lanes when necessary, along with taking extra precautions at intersections by revving the engine, making sure your lights are on, and making eye contact with other drivers before turning.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!
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