There are about 200,000 registered private and commercial motorcycles in the state of Georgia, accounting for only about 3% of the total amount of registered motor vehicles in the entire state. Staggering motorcycle accident facts, however, show that motorcycle accident injuries occur 8 times more frequently and motorcycle accident fatalities are 35 times more likely than those caused in passenger car or truck crashes. The Governor’s Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) report on motorcycle accident injuries indicates that wearing helmets is the single best way to prevent death from a motorcycle accident, as head injuries are the leading cause of death among all motorcycle riders involved in crashes.
Although it’s been determined in studies performed by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) that thousands of lives are saved each year because riders were wearing helmets, not every state requires them. In fact, only 19 states plus the District of Columbia mandate universal helmet laws. The Georgia code on safety helmets states that, “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”. A handful of states, including several also located in the south, like Texas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Florida and Arkansas, have surprisingly repealed their universal helmet law, motorcycle accident fatalities have increased by an astonishing 108%.
An injured driver or passenger or one who has lost a family member due to a motorcycle accident will have a greater chance at winning the maximum financial compensation they deserve if they retain the counsel of an aggressive motorcycle accident lawyer, who understands the complex set of laws that govern these types of tragedies. For more information about motorcycle accident injuries, or to schedule a FREE case consultation with an experienced attorney at The Law Office of Richard D. Hobbs & Associates, call (770) 467-3372 today.