Do I need a Motorcycle Helmet in Georgia?
If you ride or ever think of riding a motorcycle, know the laws in regards to helmet use. Georgia is a state that practices the universal law that states all operators and passengers must be wearing a proper helmet. With the amount of distracted drivers on the roads today, it is imperative that you protect yourself as much as possible.
Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars and often have high performance capabilities. When motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they're more likely to be injured or killed. The federal government estimates that per mile traveled in 2016, the number of deaths on motorcycles was nearly 28 times the number in cars.
Because serious head injury is common among fatally injured motorcyclists, helmet use is important. Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries. Yet only 19 states and the District of Columbia mandate helmet use by all riders.
A total of 5,172 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2017. Motorcyclist deaths had been declining since the early 1980s but began to increase in 1998 and continued to increase through 2008. Motorcycle deaths accounted for 14 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2017 and were more than double the number of motorcyclist deaths in 1997.
If you or a family member has been involved in a motorcycle accident in Georgia, you need the guidance of a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Our experienced attorneys at Melman Law Group will help you navigate the uncertainties of motorcycle accidents in Atlanta and fight for you to get the settlement you deserve!
Call our Roswell motorcycle accident attorneys today for your free consultation.