Motorcycle Safety

Someone dies nearly every day riding a motorcycle in Texas. If you ride a motorcycle, you can help reduce the number of deaths and possibly save your own life by wearing a helmet.

Motorcycle Helmet Law

State law says motorcyclists must wear helmets, with two exceptions for riders 21 and older. No helmet is required if the rider:

  • has successfully completed a motorcycle safety course, or
  • has proof of health insurance with a minimum of $10,000 coverage for injuries resulting from a motorcycle crash.

If you get cited for not wearing a helmet, you can be fined and incur court costs.

Tips for Motorcycle Riders

Motorcyclists don't have the protection of safety belts, air bags, door beams and other cushioning that cars and trucks have. To help keep you safe, remember to:

  • Always drive with your headlight on, even during the day.
  • Drive as though other drivers cannot see you.
  • Be aware of other drivers' blind spots, particularly those of drivers of large trucks.
  • Obey traffic laws, particularly the speed limit, at all times.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Wear a safety helmet and protective gear at all times.
  • Drive defensively.
  • Check your mirrors before changing lanes or stopping.
  • Watch the roads for potential hazards. A rock, oil slick or other seemingly minor hazard to the driver of a car or truck may prove fatal to a motorcyclist.
  • In poor weather, be particularly cautious. Rain and wind have a much greater impact on a motorcycle rider than on drivers of other vehicles. Act accordingly and do not take to the roads if weather is too heavy to do so.

A motorcycle rider simply not being seen is one of the main reasons for motorcycle accidents in the U.S. today. As such, many of the safety measures taken by motorcycle riders are aimed toward increasing visibility or driving in such a manner as to anticipate that you will not be seen and then acting accordingly.