What happens if I’m in a motorcycle accident in Texas and wasn’t wearing my helmet?

If you were required to wear a motorcycle helmet under Texas law and you were not wearing one when you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you might lose your right to recover compensation for your injuries.

  • This is especially true for injuries from an impact to your head.

Not all motorcycle riders are required to wear a helmet in Texas. But even if you are not legally obligated to wear a helmet, you could face civil repercussions.

Make sure you know the law before deciding whether to wear a motorcycle helmet in Texas.

Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Texas

Under Texas state transportation laws:

  • Every motorcycle rider under the age of 21 must wear a helmet while riding.
  • Motorcycle riders who are 21 and over do not have to wear a helmet if they:
    • Complete an authorized motorcycle safety course OR
    • Have a designated liability insurance plan covering riders without helmets

Peace officers are not permitted to detain riders for the sole purpose of checking they have a safety course or insurance documentation.

You can read more about motorcycle helmet laws on the Texas Department of Transportation website.