What does Texas law say about using motorcycle helmets?
In a blog post a little while back, we highlighted the grim consequences of a motorcycle accident. In a study carried out by Texas department of transportation, more than 400 riders had lost their lives in motorcycle accidents in the state. Consequently, state authorities were spearheading a behavior change campaign to make safety a part of a way of life.
These alarming numbers underline the risk riders face while out on the road. Unlike in automobiles, there is no shell to protect a motorcycle rider for the impact of a crash. Motorcycles are also smaller than most other vehicles on the road. This means riders face the greatest brunt in a motorcycle accident.
One way riders can use to protect themselves is motorcycle helmets. These have been tried and tested over time. They can mean the difference between life and death for riders in a motorcycle accident. Because of this, Texas state law naturally has safety regulations on helmet usage.
According to the law, the department of transport is responsible for setting safety standards for motorcycles. This includes setting minimum requirements for the helmet manufacturers as well rules on their use. Helmets need to be strong enough to protect you from the force of the motorcycle crash.
Who should wear a helmet? Everyone ideally should in case of a motorcycle accident. Legally, Texas statutes only make it compulsory for riders under the age of 21 years. With sufficient insurance, you may opt not to wear your helmet when riding a motorcycle. You also need to have finished motorcycle operators training and safety course to take advantage of the exemption.
It is against the law to carry a passenger who is not wearing a helmet if he or she has not met these conditions. As it stands however, an officer cannot stop you just to check if you have met these conditions. Regardless it is always important to protect yourself on Texas roads in case of a motorcycle accident.
Even when a negligent driver causes a motorcycle accident, surviving should still be your biggest priority. This is however only general information and consulting a lawyer is the only sure way of understanding your rights and obligations.