Search Site
FREE Case Evaluation 877-884-8579
Georgia’s Helmet Law and Motorcycle Accidents

Any type car accident, big or small, can be devastating. Whether it happens in our neighborhood, on our way to work or traveling on the interstate, those involved can be forever changed by a single crash. The number of traffic accidents and deaths continue to rise and safety officials see no sign of this decreasing. While the focus has mainly been on cars, there is a substantial increase in the number motorcycle fatalities. As drivers, (of both cars and motorcycles) we need to be aware of all motorists as too many individuals are losing their lives due to traffic accidents.

According to Consumer Reports, more than 5,000 people were killed riding motorcycles in 2015 on United States roads. This is a 10% increase from 2014 and these statistics show no sign of decreasing as 2016 has already been marked as one of the deadliest years for traffic fatalities. Motorcycle deaths haven’t been this high since 2008 and many safety officials are trying to determine the reasons.

Many officials believe the “laxness” of state helmet laws contribute to the number of fatalities from riders. Additionally, the number of riders ages 20 – 29 and 50 – 59 have surged, therefore increasing the chance of an accident. Lastly, the increased number of riders who are riding while intoxicated or impaired has continued to add to this growing problem.

There are only 19 states, plus the District of Columbia, that require all riders to wear a helmet.  28 states require helmets be worn by some riders and 3 states don’t require helmets at all.  According to a study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 89% of riders wore helmets in the universal-law states and only 48% used helmets in the remaining areas. The study also states that wearing a helmet decreases a rider’s risk of being killed by 37%.

As a friendly reminder, Georgia has the following helmet law for motorcyclists (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-315(a)):

No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless he or she is wearing protective headgear which complies with standards established by the commissioner of public safety.

While wearing a helmet should be mandatory for all riders, the importance of riding responsibly should be considered a priority as well. Many new riders are fixated on horsepower and “living on the edge” with their new toy. Today’s motorcycles are powerful and the technology has changed immensely. If riders do not know how to properly operate a motorcycle, this increases their chances of injury and death exponentially. Unfortunately, fewer than half of motorcyclists today have completed formal safety training, which makes the rider that much more vulnerable on the road.

As a country and a state, we need to be proactive in motorcycle safety. The statistics for both car and motorcycle fatalities are at an all time high and the only way to change this is through paying attention, being responsible and sharing the road with caution.

For more information about this article and motorcycle safety in Atlanta, contact Kaine Law.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our Attorneys
Videos & Media

  • Meet Kaine Law

    Experienced Atlanta auto accident lawyer Evan Kaine understands the physical, financial and emotional impact an injury can have on you and the people you love. That is why at Kaine Law, LLC, we have dedicated our legal practice to assisting victims of injuries caused by the negligence of others

  • Top 5 Reasons Why
    Kaine Law is Right for You

  • Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer - Kaine Law, LLC

  • June is National Safety Month

    Personal Injury Attorney Talks Staying Safe

  • Georgia Motorcycle Laws

    New Rider's Guide

Awards & Affiliations
  • Best Places To WOrk
  • "I was involved in an auto-accident with a drunk driver and after several weeks of frustrating interactions with their insurance company, I decided to contact Evan Kaine. He was upfront and honest about how the process works and never made any promises or raised my expectations. Evan understood that my first priority was to take care of the medical expenses that I incurred and he completely delivered. Communication is essential and I spoke directly with him and was never pawned off to another person. Bottom line - Evan Kaine gives lawyers a good name." - M.T. Atlanta, GA

  • "Evan Kaine is a great attorney who kept me informed on all activity regarding my case. Always willing to go the extra mile to put me at ease. Very knowledgeable and thorough, always examining my case from every angle. I have recommended him to several friends and will continue to do so. Overall great legal service." - B.S. Roswell, GA

  • "My boyfriend Michael was hit by a drunk driver while he was driving my car. Even though I wasn't involved in the accident, Evan made every effort to make the process of getting my new car painless for me. He worked with my insurance company, kept in touch with me personally, and made me aware that he was working on my case around the clock. He also helped Michael get his medical bills paid ASAP. I would highly recommend Evan Kaine! " - B.D. Atlanta, GA

  • "I was in a minor car accident and wasn’t sure that I even had a case. I met with Evan and he explained the law in terms I could understand. I immediately hired him and Evan turned my questionable case into more than $50,000.00! Evan is upfront, honest and expects the same from his clients – and he doesn’t take half of your money! I highly recommend Attorney Evan Kaine." - G.S., Smyrna, Georgia

  • "To everyone LIKE ME who has had to deal with attorneys AND has that bad taste in their mouth because they have been taken advantage of because their lawyers are more interested in making money and not caring about YOU, well please allow me to introduce you to Evan Kaine. I was in a very tight position and Evan could not have been more professional, courteous or kind and, again, HONEST! Once more, as a person who has been through the trials and tribulations with lawyers, good, bad or indifferent, if you have an issue, PLEASE contact Evan and I mean this from the heart! " - R.K., Suwanee, Georgia and Palm Beach, Florida

Google Reviews

Contact us

Quick Contact Form