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Texas Helmet Law Question

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OK. I'm from Louisiana I meet the Texas requirements to ride without a helmet for age and insurance, but is it legal for me to ride without a helmet.

Someone said I need to have a "no helmet" sticker???

I am at College Station for the week and I rode in. One of my co-works showed up and the local car rental place is "out of cars." I am wondering if we can ride around legally without helmets... or will I get a ticket if he isn't wearing one?

Thanks... Ken
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Last post I know I am talking to a wall:banghead:Motorcycle Helmets
The Facts of Life

Helmets and Motorcycle Safety
Each year more than 2,200 people are killed and more than 55,000 are injured in motorcycle crashes.
If these individuals had been wearing helmets, many of these deaths and disabling injuries would not have happened. Why? Because a helmet is the motorcyclist's most effective piece of safety equipment
Yes, there are other important aspects to a comprehensive motorcycle safety program-rider training, motorcycle licensing, alcohol and other drug education, and motorist awareness. Helmets won't prevent crashes, but they clearly will cut down on deaths and injuries when collisions occur. And no other aspect of a motorcycle safety program has been proven more effective than state helmet laws.

The evidence is overwhelming. Consider the following:
  • More than 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist.
  • Per mile driven, a motorcyclist is 16 times more likely to die in a crash than an automobile driver. Wearing a motorcycle helmet reduces that risk by almost one-third (29 percent).
  • Head injury is a leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. Riders who don't wear helmets and who experience a crash are 40 percent more likely to sustain a fatal head injury.
  • A study of 900 motorcycle crashes (conducted by the University of Southern California) showed that wearing a helmet was the single most critical factor in preventing or reducing head and neck injuries among motorcycle drivers and passengers.
  • From 1984 through 1995, helmets saved the lives of more than 7,400 motorcyclists. But more than 6,300 additional deaths could have been prevented if all riders had been wearing helmets.
  • Studies show that laws requiring helmet use are very effective in reducing motorcycle fatalities because such laws influence more people to wear helmets. In Louisiana, the first state to repeal and then re-adopt a helmet law for all riders, there were 30 percent fewer motorcycle deaths during 1982, the first year that the helmet law was reinstated.
  • Hospitalization costs are higher for motorcycle crash victims who don't wear helmets, compared to those who do. Numerous studies comparing hospital costs of helmeted and unhelmeted motorcyclists involved in crashes have found costs for unhelmeted riders to average $3,000 more than for helmeted riders. And, riders who don't wear helmets are less likely to have health insurance, resulting in the cost of their care being forced on to taxpayers.

:congrats:Helmets Don't Cause Injuries

The facts simply don't support the claim by some helmet use opponents that helmets cause injuries rather than prevent them. After investigating 900 motorcycle crashes and 980 resulting head and neck injuries, the University of Southern California study concluded that
  • Helmeted riders and passengers experienced significantly fewer and Jess severe head and neck injuries than unhelmeted riders and passengers.
  • Only four of the 980 head and neck injuries were attributed to safety helmets and all were minor injuries. "Each of these four cases showed that protection from possible fatal injury was achieved, but with a small penalty of a 'band aid' type injury." These minor injuries included bruises and abrasions to the neck, jaw, nose, and head. In each case, the helmet prevented possible fatal or critical head injury.
  • There is a critical need for the use of protective equipment by every motorcycle rider. The contemporary motorcycle helmet provides a significant reduction of head and neck injury without any adverse effect on vision, hearing, or vulnerability for other injury
Helmets Don't Impair Vision or Hearing
Helmets don't obscure vision.
In fact, less than three percent of peripheral vision is limited by a motorcycle helmet, according to a study conducted to investigate helmets and vision. All helmets provide a field of vision of more than 210 degrees-well above the 140 degree standard that state driver licensing agencies use to identify vision problems. Most helmeted motorcycle riders simply turn their heads a little more, if necessary, in order to check traffic.
Helmets don't impair hearing.
A motorcyclist out on the road will hear just as well or even better with a helmet as without one, according to the US Department of Transportation. Why? Because for someone without a helmet, the wind and sound of the engine are very loud, and any other important sounds must be even louder to be heard over all that noise. With a helmet on, surrounding sounds are quieter, but in equal proportions. This means that what can be heard over wind and engine noise without a helmet, can also be heard in the same way with a helmet since wind and engine noise will also be reduced. Technically speaking, the signal to noise ratio stays the same.
A recent study to assess the impact of a motorcycle helmet on vision and hearing capabilities found that helmet use neither reduced the ability of riders to see traffic nor increased the time needed to visually check for nearby traffic. Helmet use also did not make a difference in a rider's ability to hear surrounding traffic sounds.

Helmets Protect at Normal Speeds
Helmet law opponents often claim, incorrectly, that helmets cause injuries at speeds above 13.66 miles per hour (mph) because they cannot absorb forces beyond that speed. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Southern California found that most motorcycle crashes do not involve a rider crashing head-on into a fixed object, but rather a rider traveling at 25-30 mph who strikes the pavement or other surface at an angle. Helmet safety performance criteria established by the US Department of Transportation are based, in part, on crash data demonstrating what typically happens to motorcyclists in actual crashes. Helmets are tested at a 13.3 mph vertical drop to simulate the types of angle impacts that occur at much higher speeds. Crash data confirms that helmets are very effective in preventing head injuries in crashes at speeds greatly exceeding 13 mph.

Despite the overwhelming evidence, some motorcyclists refuse to wear helmets and persistently oppose any helmet use laws. Their argument is that helmet laws are government interference, and that these laws interfere with the freedom to take risks and to gamble against death and permanent injury. But what kind of freedom is that? And who pays the price for those who gamble and lose? Families of the injured, as well as society as a whole (i.e., taxpayers) must bear the tremendous economic, psychological, and social costs involved in deaths and injuries to unhelmeted cyclists The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates more than $7.5 billion was saved from 1984 through 1995 because of the use of helmets. An additional $6.8 billion would most likely have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets. The facts speak for themselves. Helmet use laws, like safety belt use and many other traffic safety laws, make good, common sense for motorcyclists and the general public.

US Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Administration
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Another thing not given near enough attention when saying motorcycle deaths have increased is the number of new, inexperienced riders out there. Every year more people join us, go buy the biggest fastest motorcycle they can afford and think they are a motorcyclist. Don't get me wrong we can all make a mistake, every day :lol:. But there have also been studies showing that there is a high ratio of deaths caused by inexperience. If I pay for the study, then the results will be what I want. The government, hospitals and most of the organizations involved in these studies do control the outcome. So, where is that grain of salt? How many people avoided the crash in the first place because they were not wearing a helmet, oh yeah, we can't calculate that because they did not crash. round and round we go
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I am not discounting the seriousness of this issue. But when you have a trauma unit, they tend to get people with that kind of injury. Most patients in a burn trauma unit are injured by fire. The term "majority" is ambiguous at best, if there 10 patients, 6 would be the majority and if 10,000 then it would take 5001 to be the majority. Also, if you are in the land of helmet laws, why are they riding without a helmet? Still, I would want to know how many were there as a result of not wearing a helmet opposed to those there that were wearing a helmet and then all of the above compared to how many riders are active in the state? Even though 1 is too many, the percentage would then need to be compared to the percentage of people who have this trauma from other reasons. Just saying that helmets save lives/injuries or anything else does not prove anything. As the old Wendy's commercial said "Where's the beef?"
You will often see riders alone residential streets riding helmet less. A quick ride around the corner to test the new brake pads. The feel of the new windshield, the newly install suspension, etc. Most accidents happens within a coupe/few mile from home.
need i say more? europe there is no choice
no helmet is NO driving


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Motorcycle Deaths Rise as Helmet Laws Slacken particularly compelling case study is Florida, where motorcycle deaths rose significantly after helmet laws were repealed.
Media sensationalism at work, deaths (not all attributed to riding without a helmet) rose 67% while number of registered bikes rose 87%. Pre-algebra math still works out to a decrease even if every additional death was caused by not wearing a helmet, which is a statistical impossibility!
need i say more? europe there is no choice
no helmet is NO driving

One more reason I would not want to live there.
One more reason I would not want to live there.
You remind me of a fella in a sports car forum I was once a member of. He listed a vid showing repeated incidents of crossing the line to past slower drivers at the Dragon. The thread went for 20 odd pages before the Mods locked it.

It was reopened a few weeks later when the Administrator posted a news article of his death. You guessed it. Crossing the line to pass while at the Dragon. Good luck to you. For your family’s sake I hope you are never injured or killed while living so dangerously.
Xavier6162;2295602[B said:
Most accidents happens within a coupe/few mile from home.[/B]
That must be why my wife wants to move ;)
One more reason I would not want to live there.
its your be my guest
its your my guest again
first time a real injury and u wish u had a plastic bubble on:joke:
If we outlawed motorcycles, how many deaths would be reduced?
If you're really serious about reducing the number of deaths caused by riding a motorcycle, I think you would be for outlawing motorcycles altogether....would be a safer world, right?
Might as well outlaw chainsaws, skydiving, scuba, para sailing, rock climbing, motor races totally, all power tools, automobiles, riding mowers, tractors etc....
go back to horses, and slow ones at that....never seen two horses run into each other on the road ( horse racing outlawed, too dangerous)....I know I'm way out there, but we accept the risk of motorcycles and the other things mentioned....please accept me or is that too much to ask? :shrug:

Hvae fun all, while we can.

oh, forget about firearms.....they roam the streets killing people at the time....people never involved, just those darm guns.....;)
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Don't forget to outlaw ex-wives, they can be deadly :shock:
Your above statement is so true. Ask any doctor and they say just ridding a MC is a organ donor. Doctors think we are all stupid just for ridding one. So judge not what one wears but the freedom to ride your own ride. Amen.
Don't forget to outlaw ex-wives, they can be deadly :shock:
I ain't going there....too dangerous!!!!! :eek:4:
:popcorn:HELMET WARS!!!!!! Every one on each side thins the other side is STUPID. At least that is what I seem to be reading. No one will change the other sides mind. It can be argued until blue in the face and won't sink in, so why try it.
All that happened is a post was hijacked. It does make for a good afternoons reading. No I cant go ride, not because of weather but because I'm surrounded by water right now. :wrong: :popcorn:

One thing I have to disagree with on my part, I do not think anyone who wears any amount of gear they feel is valuable is stupid, I just get tired of being called stupid by them because they disagree with my beliefs. Unfortunately at 18 degrees, while I don't consider myself a fair weather rider, it is too darn cold for me to do anything other than play on this silly computer. I sure will be glad when it gets warm (50 degrees will do) :p
Well..I will throw my opinion in also as I am firmly convinced mine is the "right" one. Wear a helmet..don't wear a helmet..thats not what is important. Whats important is you bend to my will. :roll: Some people argue to be "right" .. some argue to sell their brand of beliefs..and some argue just because they have no real conviction one way or the other..they just like to "stir the pot". Cutting and pasting long diatribes means most folks will just pass the entry and not be truly inspired but it is an easy way to get the page count up.

My opinion? Sorry..what were we speaking about?

One thing I have to disagree with on my part, I do not think anyone who wears any amount of gear they feel is valuable is stupid, I just get tired of being called stupid by them because they disagree with my beliefs. Unfortunately at 18 degrees, while I don't consider myself a fair weather rider, it is too darn cold for me to do anything other than play on this silly computer. I sure will be glad when it gets warm (50 degrees will do) :p
Hi Stupid!! :lol::lol: I just could not resist, and this goes with a great big grin. !!!

It is a world record around here the last two days too, South Carolina, hey it is supposed to be warm. Down to 11 degrees and at 3 in the afternoon all the way up to 38 degrees and again down to 18 or lower tonight. I could go for 50 degrees too. When it gets this cold around here it is a shock.

Hey but gonna be 65 Saturday, for sure a ride coming up. That is what I am doing today, playing with this silly computer, and aggravating people.

I am confused.

Someone takes a Safety Course, and then they decide not to wear a helmet?
I am missing something here?
Were they asleep during class?

They just want to make sure You know Your stupid. They know Your stupid so now they know You also know Your stupid....:shrug: So you take a Safety class to learn it's stupid. So now you know it's stupid and you do it anyway. So now they know that you know your stupid so it's ok to be stupid in Texas as long as you can prove you are stupid. Show them the Insurance or the Class certification to prove what they already know..That you are stupid.....I just Love Texas what a great place to be stupid in..........
It always amazes me how passionate motorcyclists can become about "freedom of choice", but I don't see those same people jumping up and down raising hell about seatbelt laws and government requirements that all cars have air bags (yes, you are paying for them!).
We have a rider about every two weeks who dies on a bike in Houston. There is one common thread for most. No helmet. So I am glad you have been down and have not been killed. I hope your luck holds up.

Let's do a simple test. Take a 20 oz hammer lift it three feet in the air and drop it on your head. You may not die but your skull will be crushed. Now do the same test with a helmet on. You will scratch and possibly dent the helmet. There is a reason car racers, bike racers wear helmets. You can't fix stupid. But that's your choice and your loved ones may have to live with it.
Choosing to ride a motorcycle rather than drive a car is choosing to accept some additional risk.

There is no doubt you are less likely to die of suffer serious injury in a crash if you are wearing a good helmet. Not wearing a helmet is a choice to accept more risk.

You would be much less likely to die of be injured if you were wearing full Kevlar racing gear like the MotoGP guys use. Not wearing it mean you're choosing to accept more risk.

I know guys who won't wear a helmet but wouldn't think of getting on their bike without full leathers.

Not everyones opinion of "acceptable risk" is the same. Just because someone doesn't share your opinion doesn't mean they are stupid.
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