Understanding Texas Motorcycle Laws and Regulations
Bikers love to ride in San Antonio. The great weather and seemingly endless roads in a wide variety of terrain and scenery makes central Texas among the most popular motorcycle riding destinations. For this reason, there are laws in place to protect the safety of San Antonio bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts. Understanding Texas motorcycle laws and regulations is an essential component of safe driving for every kind of motorist, keeping the roads and highways safe for everyone. This is the code that the lawyers at Carabin & Shaw apply and uphold when we interpret the standards set in place by the department of transportation.Safety Equipment Regulations
Motorcycle laws in Texas resemble those in other states, but as our attorneys are in the habit of pointing out, each city larger than 100,000 residents may also have particular rules regarding motorcycle use. Be sure you have taken the appropriate steps to ensure you are understanding Texas motorcycle laws and regulations when riding in or around San Antonio:
- Adult riders (over the age of 21) are not required to wear a helmet if either proof of completion of a motorcycle operator training course or proof of having private medical insurance can be shown
- All riders under the age of 21 must wear a helmet
- Daytime headlight use is required for all motorcycles built after 1975
- There is no eye protection requirement
- Helmet speakers are allowed
All motorcycles are required to meet certain specifications before they can be ridden on Texas roads. These include mandatory turn signals (for models built in 1960 and newer) and handlebars cannot exceed 15” above the seat. Unlike lawyer licensing, Texas does accept motorcycle licenses issued in other states. Here are some other regulations our attorneys want you to be aware of:
- To carry a passenger, there must be a seat for the passenger
- A footrest for the passenger is not required
- All motorcycles must have regular safety inspections
- Mufflers are not required
- You must have no less than one rear-view mirror
- There are no noise/decibel restrictions
Helmets and eye protection are required for off-road riding. There are no headlight or tail light requirements during daylight hours. You must have a muffler and a spark arrestor on your motorcycle when riding off-road, but there are no noise restrictions. Our lawyers are aware of these and other laws which might apply to your situation.Minimum Insurance Required
It is required that all riders have liability insurance that covers injuries up to a minimum of $30,000 per person, or a minimum of $60,000 for everyone injured in an accident. The property damage coverage minimum for San Antonio motorcycle accidents is $25,000.How Carabin & Shaw Can Help
Understanding Texas motorcycle laws and regulations can be a tricky business, but that is why our San Antonio motorcycle law attorney keeps up to date on current legislation and constantly evolving legal precedent. We are prepared to use the latest information and the most relevant arguments to convince the opposing insurance company or companies to offer amounts of compensation that most insurance plans are underprepared to consider.
We offer an initial free consultation to all prospective clients, which gives us a chance to hear your story and create a legal strategy around your particular circumstances in a low-pressure environment. Whatever we discuss will be completely confidential and you will have the opportunity to decide whether or not we are the best law firm for you and your interests.
Our legal team is here to help you get the compensation from your accident that you deserve. Call the law offices of Carabin & Shaw in San Antonio today at 210-222-2288, or toll free at 800-862-1260.