Motorcycle riders are vulnerable in traffic because drivers have a hard time seeing them in standard rear-view mirrors, putting them at great risk of being struck by a car. Georgia has enacted motorcycle laws to prevent collisions that can result in permanent injuries or fatalities. Some of the laws meant to protect bikers on Georgia highways include:

  • Motorcyclists are required to use their headlights in the day for extra visibility
  • Unless your motorcycle has a windshield, you must wear eye protection so you do not get blinded by a bug or piece of dirt
  • Your handlebars cannot be more than 15 inches above the seat. Handlebars that are higher than that reduce maneuverability
  • Helmet speakers are permitted, but they can only be used for communication. Bikers must be able to hear approaching traffic and vehicles that are behind them
  • Bikers in Georgia may not split lanes while they’re driving. They cannot ride between lanes of traffic or between rows of vehicles
  • Motorcycles must have at least one mirror on each side of the handlebars
  • There cannot be more than two bikers riding side-by-side in one lane
  • When carrying a passenger, your motorcycle must have a passenger seat and a passenger footrest
  • The driver and passenger must wear a safety helmet while riding in Georgia
  • Motorcyclists must carry liability insurance for no less than $25,000 for the injury or death of one person or $50,000 for the injury or death of two people
  • Turn signals are required for motorcycles manufactured after January 1, 1972

Tate Law Group is committed to protecting motorcycle operators and their passengers. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Savannah or the greater Georgia area, contact Tate Law Group for a free consultation to explain your rights. We can help you file a lawsuit to receive compensation for your injuries.