Are the Rules of the Road Different for Motorcycles and Cars?
On any given road trip or typical commute to work, you will see all different kinds of vehicles on the road with you. Everyone who drives is aware of the rules that govern the roads, but are they rules always the same for the vastly different motorcycles and cars? For the most part, the rules of the road will be the same for things like lanes and speed limits, but there are a few fundamental differences between the two kinds of vehicles that are good to be aware of.
One main law difference between motorcycles and cars is with regards to safety regulations. In the State of Florida, it is legally required to wear a seat belt if you are inside of a car. This is not the case for motorcycles however because they obviously do not have seat belts. On the other hand however, it is usually required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, expect in certain circumstances. These safety regulations are in place to protect those who are operating those motor vehicles and reduce the risk of serious injury in the event of an accident.
There are certain lane laws that are specific to motorcycles as well. For example, two motorcycles are allowed to occupy a single lane at any given time. This would clearly not be allowed for a regular car. Some states also have lane splitting laws that allow motorcycles to more easily weave between lanes. This is why it is so important to be aware of motorcycles in the area if you are driving a car to prevent the risk of accident.
Despite all safety regulations and related laws, accidents do sometimes occur. If you or something you know has been injured in a car or motorcycle accident, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation if the other party was liable for the accident. To schedule a free consultation with the Franco Law Firm and to learn how we can help you through this legal process, please call us at (813) 872-0929.