For the majority of motorcycle riding enthusiasts, a motorcycle is more than just a mode of transportation. It is an invitation to freedom and a lifestyle that they cherish. Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle is inherently dangerous. In 2020 alone, 482 motorcycle riders lost their lives on Texas roadways, and 1,856 more were seriously injured in crashes. Having an experienced, dynamic Texas motorcycle accident attorney is key for the recovery of compensation for those injured, and the families of those that are killed, in motorcycle accidents.
Texas Motorcycle Laws
Texas has specific laws regarding the use of motorcycles on its roadways. Some of the more relevant ones are discussed below.
Motorcyclists under the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet, no exceptions. Over the age of 21, motorcyclists are required to wear a helmet unless they meet one of the following exceptions:
- Completion of a state-approved safety course
- Are enrolled in a healthcare plan that provides at least $10,000 in medical insurance
Lane splitting occurs when a motorcyclist rides between lanes of slow-moving or stopped traffic heading in the same direction as the motorcyclist. The practice is illegal and discouraged in Texas.
There are requirements for all motorcycles on Texas roadways. They include:
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
- License Plate Lamp
- 1 Tail Lamp
- 1 Stop Lamp
- Exhaust System (decibel levels are not regulated)
- Wheel Assembly
- License Plate Lamp
Passengers under the age of 5 are not allowed to ride on a motorcycle. They can, however, ride in a sidecar.
Annual inspections of motorcycles are required in Texas. A certificate of completion must be displayed near the rear license plate.
At a minimum, motorcyclists are required to have motorcycle insurance in the following amounts:
- $30,000 in Bodily Injury Liability Insurance (per person)
- $60,000 in Bodily Injury Liability Insurance (per accident)
- $25,000 in Property Damage Liability Insurance
Motorcyclists are encouraged, however, to carry more than the minimum coverage amounts if possible as injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents tend to be serious.
Types of Injuries Received in Texas Motorcycle Accidents
Due to a lack of full-body protection for the motorcyclist, injuries received in motorcycle accidents tend to consistently be more catastrophic than injuries sustained when two automobiles collide. Some of the injuries seen by an experienced Texas motorcycle accident attorney include:
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Facial Fractures
- Burn Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Speak With A Dependable Texas Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or lost a family member in a motorcycle accident, make sure you hire an attorney that doesn’t mind being assertive and will do what it takes to get you the compensation you need. At Annie McAdams, PC, we believe our clients are family, and we fight for our family. You can schedule a consultation with a Texas motorcycle accident attorney by calling 713-785-6262 or via our contact page.