Texas Motorcycle and Bicycle Helmet Use Laws

By King Law Firm on February 4, 2013 - Comments off

Some motorcycle riders consider helmet use a matter of personal freedom. Others believe it to be a matter of life and death. In case of a crash, there is no question that wearing helmets is the safe choice.

Helmet Use History

Courtesy of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), motorcycle helmet use laws in the U.S. have undergone a great deal of change over the years. The federal government tied helmet use with qualification for highway construction money in 1967. For that reason alone, by the early 1970’s motorcycle helmet laws were universal in nearly all states. The states who wanted to repeal mandatory helmet use got together and successfully lobbied Congress to end the imposition of financial penalties in 1976. Michigan was first to repeal its helmet law. Other states soon followed.

Helmet Laws Today

Today, 29 states have no helmet use laws, while 19 states and the District of Columbia do have laws requiring all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. Some states require that all riders younger than a certain age (for example, 21 in Kentucky) without exception wear helmets, but riders 21 and older may ride without helmets providing they can demonstrate they are covered by a medical insurance policy.

Texas Law

Texas requires all riders age 21 or younger to wear helmets. In Texas, riders do not have to wear helmets if they can do either of two things:

  • Show proof of having taken a motorcycle operator safety and training course; or
  • Demonstrate that they are covered by a medical insurance policy.

Texas has no bicycle helmet use law.

Recovering from Your Losses

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident that was due to the negligence of another, contact Austin motorcycle accident brain injury lawyer Ray King to receive the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Call (512) 514-6633 for a no-cost consultation.


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