Motorcycle enthusiasts around the Atlanta area will be very saddened to learn that a motorcyclist lost his life over the weekend. As I have represented many bike riders in our area as a motorcycle accident and injury lawyer, I can say first-hand that it is never easy to cope emotionally with this sort of tragedy.
Apparently, the accident occurred on Georgia state route 279 in Fayette County. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that Fayette sheriff’s Major Bryan Woodie stated that the bike driver was operating a 2009 Honda. He was traveling southbound on Georgia 279 near Georgia state route 314 when the motorcycle left the road. The accident occurred around 5 o’clock in the morning. Based on the investigation thus far, the driver attempted to steer the bike back onto the road. Tragically, that attempt was not successful and the Honda struck a sign post as well as a tree. We do not know whether the rider was wearing a helmet.
Road departure bike crashes are one reason why it is so important to wear a helmet when riding your bike. Under Georgia law, O.C.G.A. § 40-6-315 which is known as the Georgia Motorcycle Helmet Law, approved headgear is required when riding on our roadways. Specifically, O.C.G.A. § 40-6-315 (a) provides 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.” Similarly, either a windshield or an eye-protective device of a type approved by the commissioner of public safety is also required.