Child Motorcycle Passenger Laws In Texas

As a Texas personal injury lawyer, I find it somewhat ridiculous that - despite all the strict rules governing child seats laws for kids - there are next to no laws for children riding pillion on motorcycles.

This is particularly concerning given that bike riders are by far the most vulnerable motorists on the road, and there's a high frequency of fatal motorcycle accidents in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

It might come as a surprise to you that only five US states actually specify a minimum age for motorcycle passengers.

Texas House Bill 537, introduced in September 2009, prohibits children under the age of 5 from riding on a motorcycle. The minimum penalty for breaking this law is a $100 fine.

All passengers riding a motorcycle in Texas must be riding on either a permanent fixed seat, or else on "another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle behind or to the side of the operator." Similarly, any passenger or motorcyclist aged 21 or under must wear a motorcycle helmet.

Texas law does allow children younger than five to ride in a sidecar, or even as a regular pillion in emergency situations.

Washington and Louisiana also enforce state laws outlawing motorcycle passengers younger than five years old. Other states which have laws restricting children riding on motorcycles are Arkansas (minimum pillion age is eight) and Hawaii (minimum age of seven). As long as your child is aged nine or up, they can legally ride as a motorcycle passenger anywhere in the United States.


If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bike wreck that was not your fault, call Anderson Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation to find out what compensation you may be entitled to. Call locally at 817-294-1900.

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