There is a mandatory helmet law in Georgia. If you are operating a motorcycle, you must wear a protective helmet in compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS). To make sure your helmet is FMVSS compliant, look for a DOT symbol on the outside of the helmet.

If you choose not to follow Georgia motorcycle helmet laws, you could be subject to a $1,000 misdemeanor fine and up to a year in jail. More importantly, following Georgia motorcycle helmet laws could save your life.

According to studies from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle helmets reduce the likelihood of a fatal crash by 37%. Studies have found that motorcycle helmets are 67% effective in brain injury prevention. From 1984 to 2002, motorcycle helmets saved the lives of more than 13,700 motorcycle riders.

Georgia motorcycle helmet laws are meant for your own safety. By wearing a helmet, you can reduce your chance of traumatic brain injury or death in a motorcycle accident in Georgia. Failure to follow Georgia motorcycle helmet laws could hamper your ability to seek comprehensive damages after a motorcycle accident.

While you may be able to recover some compensation, you'll have to talk with a Georgia motorcycle accident lawyer about how your failure to follow Georgia motorcycle helmet laws could affect your personal injury claim.

Contacting an Atlanta Motorcycle Injury Lawyer

If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a motorcycle accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case.