Motorcycle Helmet Laws IN TexasLast updated on: May 24, 2021
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Riding a motorcycle can be an enjoyable and thrilling way to travel or pass the time; however, it is important to understand the laws relating to motorcycle use in your state before hitting the open road. Understanding these laws may help keep you free from physical injury as well as from legal consequences.
Zinda Law Group motorcycle accident injury attorneys have the knowledge and resources necessary to help explain your legal rights. Our team has offices across the state of Texas and is available to our clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We work hard for each one of our clients to get them the compensation they deserve in their unique motorcycle accident claims.
Before driving a motorcycle, it is important to understand the specific motorcycle helmet laws in Texas. In Texas, you are legally required to wear a helmet if you are under 21 years old. If you are over 21 years old and meet certain requirements, you may ride without a helmet. The helmet exemptions under Texas law are as follows:
- The person is at least 21 years old, AND
- Has successfully completed a motorcycle operator training and safety course, OR
- Is covered by a health insurance plan providing the individual with medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a motorcycle accident.
If you believe you are included in one of the above exemptions but were subsequently arrested or issued a citation by a police officer for not wearing a helmet, contact a Zinda Law Group motorcycle accident injury lawyer today. The initial case evaluation to discuss your case is free.
motorcycle safety information and tips
The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has put forth safe riding practices that may help reduce the number of motorcycle-related fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders continue to be overrepresented in fatal traffic crashes; for example, in 2019, there were 5,014 motorcyclists who lost their lives while on the road. To keep everyone safe, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encourages motorist awareness, recommends safety procedures, and provides tips on how to stay road ready.
Practicing safe driving practices with any vehicle reduces the number of injuries and fatalities occurring on our nation’s roads each year. For starters, it is extremely important for passenger vehicle drivers to understand the challenges faced by motorcyclists, such as size and visibility issues. Car and truck drivers should also understand common motorcycle riding practices, such as downshifting and weaving, and should know how to respond to those practices; raising passenger vehicle awareness may lead to fewer accidents, injuries, and deaths to both the motorcyclist and the driver of the larger vehicle.
Stay Road Ready
For motorcyclists, there are certain tips you should follow so that you can stay road ready and safe before and during your motorcycle ride. These tips are outlined in more detail, below:
Ensure you are properly licensed.
Driving a passenger vehicle and riding a motorcycle require a different set of skills and knowledge; that is why all states require a separate motorcycle license endorsement to supplement your automobile driver’s license. In many states, you may be required to pass both a written and on-cycle skills test administered by your state’s licensing agency. Further, completing a motorcycle rider education course is a good way to ensure you have the skills and experience necessary to properly ride a motorcycle.
Practice operating your motorcycle.
It is important to take your time when riding an unfamiliar motorcycle or when riding in a new environment. All motorcycles will vary in handling and responsiveness, so you should be sure to take the time to get accustomed to the feel of a new bike by riding it in a controlled area before taking it into traffic. Further, you should make sure that you know how to handle your motorcycle in a variety of conditions, such as in inclement weather or when encountering hazards in the road.
Take these actions before every ride.
Before getting on your bike, you should check your motorcycle’s tire pressure and tread depth, hand and foot brakes, headlights, and signal indicators; it is also a good idea to check under your bike for signs of an oil or gas leak. Further, if carrying cargo, make sure the load is secured and balanced, and adjust the suspension and tire pressure of the motorcycle to accommodate the extra weight. Remind any passengers to keep his or her legs away from the muffler and to hold firmly to your waist, hips, or belt; do not let your passenger dismount until you tell them it is safe to do so.
Tips While on the Road
There are certain tips you should follow in order to stay safe while on the road. These tips are relatively easy to follow and may help save you from a catastrophic motor vehicle accident.
Wear a helmet and proper clothing.
Before getting on a motorcycle, always make sure you are wearing a helmet that meets the United States Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Helmets that meet this standard should have a DOT symbol on the outside back of the helmet. Further, keep your arms and legs covered while on a motorcycle, preferably with heavy leather or denim clothing; in addition, your boots or shoes should be high enough to cover your ankles.
It is important to never take unnecessary risks while driving a motorcycle; always obey traffic lights, signs, speed limits, and lane markings while on the road. Further, you should remember to ride defensively, as the majority of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes are caused when other drivers fail to see the motorcycle. You can also increase your visibility to other drivers by applying reflective materials to your motorcycle and clothing.
Be alcohol and drug free.
Never drive any motor vehicle, including a motorcycle, if you have consumed drugs or alcohol; this includes prescription medications, which may negatively affect your judgement, coordination, balance, throttle control, and ability to properly shift gears. Alcohol and drugs may also impair your alertness and reduce your reaction time. If you are out and have had a few drinks, ask a sober friend to drive, or use a ride-share app to drive you home.
Motorcyclists continue to be overrepresented in traffic-related fatalities; per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists are about 27 times more likely than individuals in passenger vehicles to die in a traffic crash. That is why it is important to drive safely, pay attention, and properly maintain your motorcycle before hitting the open road. If you have been injured in an accident involving a motorcycle, however, and are unsure of what to do next, contact a Zinda Law Group attorney in Texas as soon as possible to discuss the next steps and your legal options.
is there a texas motorcycle accident lawyer near me?
Whether you have been injured due to a motorcycle accident, or just have questions regarding motorcycle laws in Texas, we may be able to help. Our firm has offices across the state, including in the following cities and surrounding areas:
- Corpus Christi
- Downtown Austin
- El Paso
- Fort Worth
- North Austin (principal office)
- Round Rock
- San Antonio
If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer near you, contact Zinda Law Group today. We have the experience and resources necessary to answer any of your questions and to help guide you through the legal process.
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If you believe you may have a motorcycle accident lawsuit, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible; Zinda Law Group attorneys can help you navigate the often difficult and frustrating legal process to help you seek compensation for your injuries. Our team prides themselves on providing top-notch legal representation, excellent client services, and helpful resources to each one of our clients. Further, our experienced attorneys are litigation focused; this means that we treat each case as if it is going to trial and will give your case the full attention it deserves.
Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys are here to help guide you through the entire legal process and to answer any questions you may have regarding your motorcycle injury claim. Further, our motorcycle accident injury lawyers in Texas have the knowledge and ability to help get you the maximum amount of compensation available in your unique case.
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