Helmets are required by the state of Florida for all riders under 21, although it is highly recommended that anyone on a motorcycle wear a helmet.
Additionally, in Florida, riders that are over 21 who are covered by an insurance policy of at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a crash while operating a motorcycle are exempt from wearing a helmet.
Motorcycle helmets have been proven to save the lives of motorcyclists from all over the world, and prevent serious brain injuries in accidents. Helmets are the best type of protective gear but also serve other purposes. Helmets can help cut down on wind noise, the windblast on your face and eyes and deflect some debris and bugs.
Keep in mind when choosing a helmet that any helmet that has the DOT or SNELL sticker means that the helmet adheres to the standards of the United States Department of Transportation and/or the Snell Memorial Foundation.