Cleveland motorcyclist not required to wear helmet in Florida accident

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 12/30/17

Different states may have their own motorcycle helmet laws, some with no restrictions and others mandating drivers and passengers to wear helmets.

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Cleveland motorcyclist not required to wear helmet in Florida accident

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Different states may have their own motorcycle helmet laws, some with no restrictions and others mandating drivers and passengers to wear helmets.

While Tennessee requires motorcycle operators to wear helmets, Florida and other states’ laws are quite different, including that the driver does not have to wear a helmet if he or she is 21 years of age or older and have specific insurance to cover any possible personal injury.

The issue recently arose after a Cleveland resident – David Kibble – died in a multi-vehicle accident in Florida last weekend. The Florida State Patrol reported  Kibble was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred, but did not indicate if wearing a helmet would have helped Kibble survive the accident.

Kibble was not in violation of laws by not wearing a helmet in Florida. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, state statutes permit persons over 21 and if covered by $10,000 medical benefits insurance.

The Florida State Patrol continued to investigate the accident, which was reported to be a six-vehicle crash on Florida’s Turnpike in Lake County. The Orlando Sentinel reported the 11:45 a.m. crash happened as the vehicles were approaching the Leesburg Toll Plaza at Mile Marker 288, near U.S. Highway 27, northwest of Orlando.

Christopher Garner, 23, of Texas drove his Ford pickup into the back of two vehicles in front of him, including Kibble’s motorcycle, according to investigators.

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