Georgia Motorcycles Laws (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-310 through 40-6-316)
Legal Commentary. Georgia motorcycle laws cover a wide range of rules and regulations on helmets, eye protective gear, windshields, passengers, footwear, carrying packages on motorcycles, and illuminating headlights and taillights. Chapter 6 of the Georgia motorcycle laws also grants specific powers to the Georgia Commissioner on Public Safety, some including the ability to set standards for motorcycle safety, approved helmets and eye protective gear, etc. If you consider hiring a Georgia attorney to handle your motorcycle accident, the attorney should be thoroughly read in Georgia laws on the Georgia Motorcycle Laws and knowledgeable of the Georgia case law in regards to the Georgia Motorcycle Laws. As an experienced vehicle accident lawyer, Charles Scholle has represented catastrophically injured people and bereaved families for nearly two decades, building a strong record of successes.
A motorcycle in Georgia is defined in Code Section 40-15-1(5) as “every motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor and a moped.” This includes scooters, motorbikes, minibikes (with engine size 51 CC or greater) into the same category as a motorcycle.
The Georgia Helmet Law requires all motorcycle operators and passengers to wear a helmet at all times when the motorcycle is being operated. This law also requires all operators to wear approved protective eye gear, such as goggles, unless the motorcycle has a windshield.
Passengers on a motorcycle are only permitted if the motorcycle was designed to sit a passenger and must remain in the seat for the passenger, not elsewhere that may block the operator’s view. Anyone riding on a motorcycle cannot ride barefoot or with only socks as the Code Section 40-6-311 requires some footwear.
These Georgia statutes permit motorcycle operators to share a single lane of traffic with another operating motorcycle but may not ride between lanes of traffic or rows of vehicles. The Georgia Motorcycle Laws specifically exclude police officers operating motorcycles from this restriction on not riding between lanes of traffic or rows of vehicles.
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