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5 Texas Laws Every Motorcyclist Should Know

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Although motorcycles are a great form of transportation for many Texas, they can pose a great number of risks when driving. To help keep motorcyclists safe on the roads, our Texas motorcycle accident attorneys have put together five Texas laws that every motorcyclist should know.

#1: Helmet Laws

In Texas, helmets are required for any rider under the age of 21. Motorcyclists over the age of 21 are not required to wear a helmet if they have specific insurance coverage but are still encouraged to do so since they have been proven to save lives. For motorcyclists not to wear helmets, they must obtain the proper certification or insurance coverage. Such riders must either complete a Department of Motor Vehicles-approved Motorcycle Operating Training Course or obtain at least $10,000 in medical insurance.

#2: Passenger Laws

In Texas, no one under the age of five years may ride as a passenger on a motorcycle. Any passengers over the age of five and under 21 years old must wear a helmet. Additionally, motorcyclists must have a permanent passenger seat.

#3: License Laws

Individuals who want to ride a motorcycle must obtain a specific driver’s license – a class M license. All motorcycle riders (including moped drivers) must have a valid class M license in the state of Texas.

#4: Lane Splitting Laws

Lane splitting is when motorcyclists drive in the gaps between passenger vehicles during heavy traffic. It is illegal for motorcyclists to use the lane-splitting driving technique in Texas.

#5: Motorcycle Equipment Laws

In Texas, a motorcycle must have all of the following equipment to be legal and drivable.

  • Stop lamp
  • Horn
  • Mirror
  • Steering
  • Brakes
  • Tires
  • Vehicle Identification Number
  • License plate lamp
  • Headlamp
  • An exhaust system
  • Wheel assembly
  • Tail lamp
  • Rear red reflector

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our Texas motorcycle accident attorneys today at (888) 273-1045 to schedule a consultation!

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