What Happens if I Ride a Motorcycle Without Helmet in Texas?

Well, if you’re under 21, it’s illegal. You must wear a helmet when you ride your motorcycle.

If you’re over 21 though, our Houston motorcycle injury lawyers note that you have the option of not wearing a helmet when you ride your bike, so long as you’ve successfully completed a DPS-approved motorcycle operator training and safety course and you carry medical insurance of at least $10,000 that covers the injuries you might sustain in a crash.

But even though the law permits you to ride without a helmet if you satisfy those conditions, you should wear a helmet anyway to protect your life and safety. In a crash, a biker doesn’t have the protection offered by an enclosed vehicle with its seatbelts and airbags to help cushion him from the worst effects of an impact. On the contrary, the motorcyclist is often ejected at high-speed from his bike to impact headfirst with the ground, a concrete road barrier, or another vehicle. In the worst impacts, even the best helmet won’t save you.

The Houston motorcycle injury lawyers at Denena Points, PC emphasize that in many instances though, a good helmet will protect you from the severe brain trauma injuries, long-term costs, and possibly permanent disabilities that many riders suffer in a serious accident.

As an example of what can happen when you don’t wear a helmet, we take note of a weekend accident in Pflugerville. On Saturday on FM 685, a motorcyclist in his 40s reportedly lost control of his bike and landed in a ditch. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of his accident and suffered fatal injuries. Don’t let this happen to you. Wear a helmet to help protect yourself from serious or fatal injury in a crash.

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