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Refresher On Texas Motorcycle License Laws

With so many vast open roads and popular urban cities, Texas is the perfect mix of rural and happening to make it a state-sized attraction. Whether you’re far out west in no man’s land or visiting friends in the bustling city of Austin, it’s beauty and convenience cannot be beat; especially when you can get around easy on two wheels. Whether you’re enjoying the open road and horizon or trying to find quick parking downtown, more and more people every year switch to commuting via motorcycle for their daily treks.

It is important to be legally allowed to drive when riding a motorcycle on Texas roads.
It is important to be legally allowed to drive when riding a motorcycle on Texas roads.

Traveling by motorcycle can be fun and exciting if you are properly trained and ready to ride. Acquiring a running and street legal bike is just the first step to such a wild commuting change. You must register your ride and get a license in most cases. Texas motorbike laws are very clear in stating that any engine intended for street use over the engine size of 50cc must take a written and performed motorcycle license test in order to be certified for driving with traffic on public roads. While Texas allows anyone over the age of 18 to apply and test for a motorcycle license, it is very possible for a minor to become certified as well. However, if under 18 the test is a little bit more thorough and requires parental consent. You must also be over the age of 15 and are legally restricted to no engine over the size of 250cc.

Using a motorcycle can be convenient for numerous reasons as well as a thrilling way to commute around town or across the state. However it is important to understand all of the motorcycle laws in Texas before you hit the road and risk causing an accident. Proper bike functions are required in order for it to legally be on the road, as well as knowledge on turning and lane changing signals and commuter bike mannerisms that are to be performed by the operator. Required motorcycle license courses will extensively train individuals on the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of riding a motorcycle and nearly all courses only take a small fee and 1 weekend to complete.

Being injured in a motorcycle accident can cause serious injury and often times be life threatening. It is important to be safe and respectful behind the bars and all motor vehicle commuters should do the same. Accidents however do happen, and if you are left with large damage or medical bills then you deserve just compensation for your hardships. Contact the legal advisors at Colley & Colley L.L.P. for information on handling a case.