Georgia’s Motorcycle Safety Program


October 13, 2017

Georgia’s Motorcycle Safety Program – What You Should Know from a Georgia Personal Injury Attorney

Motorcycle accidents can cause significant and catastrophic injuries, even death.  Motorcycles are often considered more dangerous than other motor vehicles on the roadway, specifically because motorcycles are small and riders have less protection.  Additionally, wearing a motorcycle helmet is not required under Georgia law, and as a result, many motorcyclists are at a greater risk of suffering head injuries that could prove to be permanent, if not fatal.  As such, regardless of what is required under Georgia law, motorcyclists should take additional steps to ensure they are safely operating their bikes on Georgia’s roadways and highways.

Georgia’s Motorcycle Safety Program

Because motorcycle accidents can cause significant injuries and death, the state of Georgia has created a safety program to help new riders learn the basics of motorcycle safety and to remind more experienced riders of why it is important to continue following them.  Such safety tips include not only the suggestion that a motorcyclist wears a helmet, but also that the motorcyclist is aware of how to use certain hand signals and to remain visible at night.

The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) offers motorcycle education and training programs for all levels of riders, from novice to highly experienced.  The GMSP also promotes motorist-awareness to ensure all drivers, whether they are operating motorcycles, trucks, passenger cars, or others, make room for motorcycles.  "Share the Road" campaigns promoted by the GMSP aim to help all motorists in Georgia respect one another on the roadway.

The GMSP operates twenty-two training sites and has also certified fourteen private ones.  Motorcycle training is not only popular in Georgia, but it also can be life-saving.  Without understanding the basics of motorcycle safety, a rider is at risk for being involved in an accident.  While motorcycle training is not required under Georgia law, it is certainly helpful and recommended for the safety and benefit of Georgia motorists.

The True Consequences of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents have left thousands of Georgia residents with permanent and disfiguring injuries.  It is critical that all Georgians wishing to operate motorcycles truly understand just how traumatic the injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident can be.  Such injuries include the following:

  • Broken/shattered/fractured bones;
  • Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
  • Burns;
  • Road rash;
  • Spinal cord, back and neck injuries which may lead to partial or complete paralysis;
  • Amputations;
  • Internal bleeding and damage to organs (i.e., punctured lung or spleen);
  • Soft tissue injuries and open wounds;
  • Injuries requiring surgical treatment; and
  • Death.

In addition to suffering physical and mental injuries, motorcycle accidents can have severe financial consequences in the form of medical bills, lost income, and the inability to work in the future.  One accident can be a life-altering event that changes the path forward for many victims.  While not every accident can be prevented, Georgia’s motorcycle safety program will hopefully help to reduce the chance that they will occur.

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Source: https://online.dds.ga.gov/motorcycle/

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