There may be nothing more exhilarating than being on a motorcycle on the open road with the wind in your hair and the cool air hitting your body as the beautiful scenery just whizzes by you. Unfortunately, however, there is a dark side to cycling.
Motorcyclists have very little protecting them from the unforgiving surface of a roadway or another vehicle, tree, median, or anything else the cyclist may come upon in his travels. When a motorcycle collides with anything else, it will most often by the biker who is injured the most seriously. Bikers involved in accidents stand a staggering 98% of sustaining a serious personal injury due to how vulnerable their bodies are to the hard road surface and contact with other vehicles.
Helmets are the number one safety device bikers can wear to help minimize the chance they will suffer a traumatic brain injury, loss of limb, or paralysis. Motorcycle accidents are becoming even more common as people are choosing this form of transportation more often than in past years.
Georgia law states the following:
Title 40. Motor Vehicles and Traffic. Chapter 6. Uniform Rules of the Road. Article 13. Special Provisions for Certain Vehicles. Part 2. Motorcycles. Section 40-6-315 Headgear and eye-protective devices for riders. :
“(a) No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless he is wearing protective headgear which complies with standards established by the Board of Public Safety. . . .”
7/12/00. The following was copied from documents relating to current legislation before the Georgia Legislature:
A person failing to comply with the requirements of this Code section, upon conviction of such offense, be fined not more than $15.00; but, the provisions of Chapter 11 of Title 17 and any other provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding, the costs of such prosecution shall not be taxed nor shall any additional penalty, fee, or surcharge to a fine for such offense be assessed against a person for conviction thereof. The court imposing such fine shall forward a record of the disposition of the case to the Department of Public Safety.”
If you live in the Atlanta area and have been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Robbins Law, PC today to schedule a no-cost, confidential consultation.