Your Guide to Texas Motorcycle Helmet Laws
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The single most effective way for states to save lives and save money is a universal helmet law.” While Texas does have a motorcycle helmet law, it is not a universal helmet law. There are exceptions. If you ride a motorcycle in Texas, then it is important to know the details of the law, how to pick a helmet, and why you may need a motorcycle injury lawyer even if you were wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
What the Texas Motorcycle Helmet Law Says
Generally, motorcyclists must wear helmets, according to Texas law. There are no exceptions for riders under the age of 21. Riders over the age of 21, however, do not have to wear a helmet if they can prove that one of the following is true:
- The rider has completed an approved motorcycle operator training course.
- The rider has medical insurance coverage that covers motorcycle accident injuries.
State police may not stop a motorcyclist who is riding without a helmet to determine if the rider is complying with state law.
Should You Wear a Helmet?
That is a personal decision—as long as you comply with the state law requirements. Helmets can reduce the risk of death in a motorcycle crash by 37%, and they can reduce the risk of brain injury in a motorcycle crash by 69%, according to the CDC.
If you decide to wear a helmet, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that you pick a helmet that has the minimum safety requirements set forth in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218 (49 CFR 571.218). You can look for labeling on the helmet to see if it meets these standards.
Contact a Motorcycle Injury Lawyer If You’re Hurt
A helmet may minimize your risk of head injury; however, your head is not the only part of your body that is at risk of injury in a motorcycle crash. You may suffer a different type of motorcycle accident injury or you may suffer a head injury through no fault of your own.
If you have been hurt in any way, then it is important to speak with an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer as soon as possible to talk about your potential recovery. Please contact attorney Steve Lee today for more information.