Under Texas law, motorcycle operators and passengers are required to wear a helmet with one exception: if you are 21 or older and have either (1) completed an approved Motorcycle Operator Training Course or (2) can provide proof of medical insurance coverage, you are not required to wear a helmet.
In addition, Texas law prohibits police officers from stopping a motorcyclist solely for the purpose of checking whether or not the motorcyclist has completed an approved safety course or is covered by insurance.
Even though helmet use is not required by Texas law for motorcyclists over the age of 21 who meet the above requirements, it is recommended. Last year, there were 459 motorcycle accident deaths and more than half of the victims were not wearing a helmet. In addition, there were 1,887 serious injuries, including brain and spine injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the following information on motorcycle helmets that meet federal safety standards:
Thick inner liner — look for helmets with a firm polystyrene inner liner that is one inch thick.
Sturdy chin straps and rivets — safe helmets have sturdy chin straps and solid rivets.
Helmet weight — safe helmets typically weigh around three pounds.
Helmet design — safe helmets do not have anything that extends more than two-tenths of an inch from the surface of the helmet.
DOT sticker — helmets that meet federal safety standards have a sticker on the back exterior of the helmet with the letters “DOT.”
Snell/ANSI label — if the helmet has an interior sticker from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or Snell, this is a good indicator that it also meets federal safety standards.
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