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Motorcycles are very popular, and many people like to ride their motorcycles on the public roadways. However, the consequences of a motorcycle accident can be severe, even deadly. Thus, the State of Georgia has certain laws relating to the driving of motorcycles on the public highways. If you are riding motorcycles on the Georgia public roadways, you should be familiar with the laws. Additionally, it is wise to be prepared and familiar with a motorcycle injury lawyer.
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There are laws that control how motorcycles and motor vehicles are to be driven in the lanes. All motorcycles are to be allowed the full use of the lane. No motor vehicle is to be driven so as to deprive the motorcycle of the full use of the lane. The motorcycle operator is not to overtake or pass in the same lane as the motor vehicle, so the passing must be done in a different lane than the one where there is a motor vehicle. The motorcycle driver is not to operate the motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles. Motorcycles may be driven two abreast in a single lane, but shall not be driven with more than two abreast in a single lane. All motorcycles are to be operated at all times with headlights and taillights illuminated. No person riding upon a motorcycle shall attach himself or herself or the motorcycle to any other vehicle while on a roadway.
Motorcycle drivers and riders must wear helmets. The helmets must comply with the standards set by the Georgia Commissioner of Public Safety. A windshield is required unless the driver and passengers are wearing protective eyewear which complies with the standards set by the commissioner of public safety. The commissioner is require to publish the lists of all protective headgear and eye wear which have been approved.
The height of the handlebars on a motorcycle cannot be more than fifteen inches above the seat. The backrest is also prohibited from being designed so as to have a sharp point at its apex. The motorcycles must have footrests for the passengers, unless the passengers are riding in a sidecar or enclosed cab. The motorcycle must have a permanent and regular seat. If a passenger is going to ride on the motorcycle, the motorcycle must be designed to carry a passenger, and the passenger must sit upon a permanent and regular seat which is firmly attached to the motorcycle. This may either be the same seat as the driver if it is designed for two persons or if may be a separate seat which is firmly attached to the motorcycle either at the rear or side of the operator. The persons are to only ride upon the motorcycles while sitting astride the seat, facing forward, with one leg on either side of the motorcycle. No person is allowed to operate a motorcycle while carrying any package, bundle, or other article which prevents the driver from keeping both hands on the handlebars. No driver is to carry any person in a position which interferes with the operation of the motorcycle or the view of the operator. No passenger is to ride in a position which interferes with the operation of the motorcycle or the view of the operator. Every driver and passenger is to wear some type of protective footwear in addition to or other than socks.
These laws are designed to protect the safety of operators and riders of motorcycles. However, accidents do happen and often times injuries occur as the result of the accident. Due to the lack of a steel enclosure around the riders of motorcycles, the resulting injuries are often severe. The injuries can impact careers and personal lives. If you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle accident, contact an expert motorcycle injury attorney from the Young Law Firm immediately.
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