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3 things you didn't know about riding a motorcycle in Florida

Riding a motorcycle gives you a sensation of being free. You love the wind in your hair, the sun on your back and the feeling of being closer to nature. It's an adrenaline rush, but you know there are risks. What happens if you're hit by a car? You could end up with serious injuries.

There are many things you know about riding in Florida, but here are three things you may not.

1. You may not have to wear a helmet

In fact, Florida law does not require you to wear a helmet if you are over 21 years old as long as you have insurance coverage of at least $10,000 for injuries. This law making helmets unnecessary doesn't mean they are, though. Helmets protect you from injuries if you're thrown from your motorcycle and hit the ground or another vehicle. It helps prevent neck and head injuries that might otherwise kill you.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a motorcyclist is three times less likely to be killed due to a severe head injury if he or she is wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

2. Florida riders have a higher likelihood of getting hit than others

Florida is a state where the weather is good year-round. That means that motorcyclists have the ability to ride all year. Add to this tourism traffic and the increase in the population of the state, and you can see why around 19 percent of all accidents involve a motorcyclist. How can you help prevent an accident? Remember that you can make yourself louder. Most motorcycles have the ability to rev loudly, making them stand out when they approach intersections or areas where drivers may not see them coming.

3. Motorcyclists can get sick from the sun

On hot, humid days, motorcyclists have one additional thing to consider: heat exhaustion. The combination of humid weather with heat makes it harder to sweat and cool down. The sun beating down on your back poses the threat of sunburn. Wearing motorcycle gear could be sweltering and uncomfortable. What can you do? Drink more water. Take frequent breaks. If you feel hot, stop and cool down.

Look for signs of heat exhaustion and stroke: nausea, headaches, heavy sweating, pale skin, flushing and dizziness. Don't put your life at risk by being in a rush. 

After an accident caused by another driver, your attorney can help you seek compensation through an insurance claim or by suing the driver, depending on the situation. Get the medical care you need. Your attorney can handle the legal side of matters while you do.

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