In Texas, motorcycle riders must always wear a helmet if they are under the age of 21. If “the person required to wear protective headgear was at least 21 years old and had successfully completed a motorcycle operator training and safety course… OR was covered by a health insurance plan providing the person with medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of an accident while operating or riding on a motorcycle,” a helmet is not required by law.
Failure to wear a motorcycle helmet is a secondary offense in Texas; that is, a police officer cannot pull over a motorcycle rider only to see if he or she has medical insurance, has taken a motorcycle training and safety course, and/or is of a certain age.
While motorcycle helmets are not required for many riders in Texas, helmets have been proven to minimize injuries and prevent deaths caused by relatively-minor motorcycle accidents. Over the years, we’ve handled a countless motorcycle accident cases where the victim could have avoided brain damage (or death) simply by wearing a helmet. Because of this, we strongly encourage ALL riders to wear protective gear when riding.
Even if you’re the most-skilled rider out there, you can’t control or predict what other drivers may do.