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Texas motorcycle helmet laws

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2022 | Injuries, Personal Injury

If you ride a motorcycle in Texas, you should know about the laws that govern bikes. The state has rules about helmets as well as other aspects of operating a motorcycle.

Review the motorcycle helmet laws and other relevant regulations in Texas.

Understanding Texas helmet rules

You must wear a helmet on a motorcycle in Texas if you are younger than 21. Children ages 5 and younger cannot legally ride on a motorcycle in the Lone Star State. The state recommends that all riders wear a helmet as well as eye protection, low-heeled shoes, and heavy clothing that covers the arms and legs.

If you are 21 or older, you can operate a motorcycle without a helmet only if you have completed a safety course approved by the state Department of Transportation or carry proof of medical insurance coverage. Passengers 21 and older must still wear a helmet unless they also have this safety certification or proof of medical insurance.

Reviewing necessary equipment

Texas also regulates the condition of your bike. Your motorcycle must have a horn, tires, working brakes, steering, mirror and exhaust system to be street-legal. It must also have a tail light, headlight, stop light, license plate lamp, red rear reflector, and handholds and footrests for your passenger if it has a passenger seat.

You must have a license with a Class M certification to ride a motorcycle in Texas. Your motorcycle must also have state registration and undergo an annual inspection. You must have liability insurance that covers the costs of an accident.