Texas Motorcycle Accidents
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be involved in deadly accidents on the road than people in passenger cars are. In Texas alone, there were 430 deaths and 1,822 serious injuries in 2014. For the safety of bikers and those nearby, it is critical to know and understand Texas’s motorcycle laws, as well as the relevant federal laws. And, if you or a loved one has been injured, it is critical that you hire experienced motorcycle accident lawyers to represent you.
Texas Motorcycle Laws
There are several Texas laws relating to motorcycles. These laws should be followed as a way of maintaining the safety of the rider and others, and also as a way of avoiding police pull overs. It should be noted first, however, that the following rules apply to motorcyclists on the road. Different rules and laws apply to off-road motorcyclists. Texas motorcycle rules of law include the following:
- All riders below the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet. All riders over the age of 21 who have successfully completed a rider training course, or who have insurance that covers motorcycle accidents, are not required to wear a helmet;
- Texas law does not place any restriction on the use of helmet speakers;
- The use of eye protection is not required;
- Even if you are riding in the daytime, you must have your headlights on at all times;
- In Texas, you cannot split lanes. Basically, lane splitting means riding your motorcycle between lanes of cars driving in the same direction. In other words, passing slow or stopped vehicles by traveling between lanes;
- Texas motorcycle laws require handlebar height to be less than 15 inches above the seat height. This is required by inspection regulations;
- Turn signals are not required in Texas;
- As for sound levels, Texas law does not place any regulations on the decibel limit of your motorcycle;
- Children below the age of five are not allowed to be a passenger on the back of your motorcycle. Nevertheless, such a person may ride along if they are seated in a sidecar;
- You must have at least one rearview mirror on your motorcycle in Texas.
Texas’s Negligence Laws
If you are involved in an accident while riding a motorcycle, Texas’s negligence rules apply. If you are the injured party, you will have to prove:
Texas law holds that motorists and motorcyclists owe a duty to other travelers to drive safely and to follow all relevant statutes. Not following those statutes is negligence per se.
Statute of Limitations
Accidents involving motorcycles fall under personal injury. For such cases, Texas gives a two year statute of limitations period. Therefore, you have two years from the date of your injury to file your lawsuit. If you do not file within this two year period, you are most likely barred from doing so.
Hiring Motorcycle Accident Lawyers for your Case
Were you involved in an accident with a motorcycle? Hire experienced motorcycle accident lawyers to ensure you are adequately compensated for any loss or injuries. Contact the office of Pastrana & Lee today. We represent the El Paso area and charge a fee only if we win your case.