Motorcyclists in Texas have all the same privileges and rights as any car or truck driver on the roadway. This means – regardless of the size of their bike – they are entitled to their space on the road. This also means that motorcyclists must adhere to the same road laws as other vehicle drivers, including keeping a safe distance from other vehicles.
If you have been injured while riding your motorcycle, and the accident was caused by a car/truck driver, talk to a Texas motorcycle accident lawyer to know your legal options.
What Kind Of Motorcycle Accident Damages Can You Seek?
If you are hurt in a motorcycle accident, the resulting medical bills to treat your injuries can be exorbitant. This financial burden can exacerbate if you are forced to miss work for extended periods. Fortunately, you can receive monetary support to stay afloat while you recuperate from your injuries.
If you believe that another driver’s negligent behavior caused your motorcycle accident and the injuries you have suffered, a Texas motorcycle accident lawyer can help you recover compensation for the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages (current and future earnings potential)
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
How Texas Motorcycle Laws Work
As enjoyable as it can be to ride a motorcycle, it comes with some unavoidable dangers. For example, the rider doesn’t have any structural protection around them when they ride. Their body is exposed to the elements, and they have no control over what other drivers on the road may do.
Considering their serious physical disadvantage in an accident, motorcyclists need to take the necessary safety precautions while on the road, including wearing the right gear.
In Texas, all motorcycles must be equipped with the following:
- A properly-working exhaust system
- A complete and well-maintained wheel assembly
- A full VIN number (Vehicle Identification Number)
- Fully functional tires and brakes
- A horn
- A light for the license plate
- A red reflector for the rear
- At least one mirror
- At least one functional tail lamp
- At least one functional headlamp
Additionally, motorcycle passengers must be at least five years of age, and they must have at least a seat and footrests.
Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Texas
In Texas, the law dictates that:
- Motorcyclists who are 21 years and older do not need to wear a helmet – if they have undergone a training and safety course or they have a health insurance plan that meets certain Texas state guidelines.
- Motorcyclists who are 21 years or older and not wearing a helmet must carry proof of their training or health coverage.
- Any motorcyclist under 21 years old must wear a helmet.
Contact A Leading Texas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer For A Free Consultation Today
If you experienced an injury while riding your bike, contact Kirk Law Firm, PLLC, to explore your legal options. We make it our goal to help our clients get the funds they need to cover their medical bills and receive the proper medical treatment.