If you are a motorcycle rider planning on riding through Atlanta, Georgia or just the state of Georgia it will be important to know what the helmet laws are in Georgia so you do not receive any unnecessary tickets. If you have ridden motorcycles for any length of time you realize these laws change constantly.
Currently as of the date of this post, you are required, under O.C.G.A. 40-6-315 or Georgia law to wear a helmet whether operating or riding a motorcycle.
Wearing a helmet can be the difference between a severe head injury and no head injury at all. I know this is a touchy topic and the people who do not want to wear helmets, do not care the reasoning behind it. But the state legislature is able to pass the helmet laws to protect its citizens and visitors to Georgia.
There is also a financial component to the legislature passing the helmet laws. If a rider suffers severe head injury on a motorcycle while not wearing a helmet the medical cost can and do esculate rapidly. Regardless if the rider is uninsured or insured the medical cost often become the responsibility of the state government in the form of emergency Medicaid.
This has put a huge burden on state government budgets. So as you can see they have passed this law in order to help offset and lower the cost tax payers pay for people severely injured while operating a motorcycle.
If you have any questions as to what your rights are as a driver or rider on a motorcycle, contact a Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorney at 770-948-5454!