Under Georgia's motorcycle laws, all riders must wear a helmet at all times, regardless of age or passenger status. That's reason enough to always wear a helmet when operating your motorcycle.
Still, our Atlanta motorcycle accidents lawyers want to emphasize the importance of wearing a helmet while operating or riding on a motorcycle. The point cannot be made enough.
First of all, wearing a helmet if an excellent way of protecting yourself. Motorcycles are great fun, and they're safe when operated properly, but you cannot control other peoples' behavior. One negligent or reckless driver and you can find yourself in an accident not of your making.
Without a helmet, you will be at substantial risk of suffering a serious brain injury. You have no protection while on a motorcycle beyond what you provide yourself, so make sure your head is well-protected.
Second, wearing a helmet can protect your rights should you decide to pursue legal action in the future. While you can still pursue a case if you weren't wearing a helmet at the time of your accident, opposing counsel can use that decision to argue your award should be reduced and that you contributed in some way to your own injuries.
If you live in the Atlanta, Georgia area and you want to speak to our motorcycle accident lawyers, please call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today at 404-760-7400 or contact us online for a free consultation.