If a motorcycle is hit by a car or truck in a Dallas-Fort Worth traffic collision, it usually means catastrophic injuries for the motorcycle operator and any passengers they might have. As a DFW personal injury lawyer, I handle these cases all the time. Typical injuries often include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis and even death. Given the extremely serious nature of motorcycle wrecks, it might surprise you to learn there are very few laws concerning children as motorcycle passengers – particularly since there are so many rules and guidelines concerning child car seats.
Texas is actually only one of five US states which specifies a minimum age for motorcycle passengers (the others are Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana and Washington). In Texas, it is illegal for children younger than five to ride pillion apart from emergency situations. The minimum penalty for breaking this law is a $100. It should be noted that children younger than five are permitted to ride in a motorcycle's sidecar in Texas. Children aged nine or older can legally ride a motorcycle in all 50 states.
I urge all parents to use their common sense. I know that all motorcyclists are passionate about their chosen mode of transportation, but please bear in mind the risks associated with motorcycles when it comes to your children riding as passengers. Just because it might be legal, does not necessarily mean it is safe.
Passengers injured in motorcycle wrecks have a legal right to pursue compensation against the at fault party – even if it was the operator of the bike they were riding on whose negligence caused the crash. For a no fee, no obligation consultation on your Dallas-Fort Worth motorcycle accident, please contact the Anderson Law Firm toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.