Understanding Georgia’s Motorcycle Helmet Laws – What You Should Know
All states have the power to create their own laws when it comes to many things, such as whether or not a motorcycle helmet is required, among other safety laws. Some states do not require motorcyclists to wear helmets and/or protective eye gear. Other states require the use of helmets and/or protective eye gear, but only for young riders, such as those that are under the age of eighteen. Some states have become stricter when it comes to helmet requirements, and Georgia is one of those states.
Under Georgia law, all motorcyclists are required to wear a helmet, and have either a windshield or protective eye gear. Not all motorcyclists agree with such a law, but the purpose of the law is to ensure the safety of all motorcyclists, and while a helmet alone might not be able to save a person's life in every motorcycle accident, a helmet is likely to reduce the risk of serious injury or death in many situations.
The Severity of Injuries Associated with Motorcycle Accidents
Any automobile accident, whether it involves a tractor trailer, passenger car, or motorcycle, among others, has the potential to cause significant injuries or death. However, the type of vehicle involved in an accident certainly plays a role in how severe injuries can be. Given that motorcycles are small two-wheeler vehicles with little protection, it is not surprising that injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents are often debilitating and long-lasting. Such injuries include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), such as concussions to permanent brain damage;
- Neck and back injuries that result in spinal fractures and/or spinal cord damage;
- Partial or complete paralysis;
- Fractured/broken limbs; and
Anyone who has been involved in a motorcycle accident, or a loved one of an injured or deceased victim knows all too well just how devastating the consequences can be. Motorcyclists are already vulnerable when their bodies are not fully protected by what vehicles provide for drivers and passengers. As such, a helmet can in fact reduce the severity of some of the injuries listed above. While there is never a guarantee that a helmet will prevent an injury, not having a helmet can increase the chances that any resulting injuries will be permanent in nature, and debilitating for years to come.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 35 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!
Motorcycle accidents have resulted in numerous severe injuries and death over the years throughout Georgia. Helmets have certainly played a role in the outcome of some accidents, but there are also times where a helmet may not have mattered. No matter how a particular motorcycle accident has occurred, if anyone has suffered injuries as a result of the accident, speaking with an attorney can help to provide you with the information you need to move forward. If someone else is responsible for your suffering, you may have legal options available to you.
At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our firm has more than thirty years of professional experience, continuing to provide diligent legal representation to injured individuals from all across Georgia and in the Southeast. Our motorcycle accident attorneys take pride in ensuring they are doing everything they can for their clients. If you would like to schedule your free consultation to discuss your situation with one of our Georgia Accident Attorneys, contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.