What You Should Know About Georgia Motorcycle Laws
Did you know there are special motorcycle laws in Georgia?
Motorcycle drivers must follow all the same rules as drivers of other vehicles.
Additionally, Georgia has a set of laws specific to motorcycles.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you will want an experienced attorney in your corner who understands these special rules.
What Counts As a Motorcycle?
Georgia motorcycle laws define a motorcycle 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, excluding a tractor and a moped.”
Whether you’re riding a small sportbike or a fully loaded Harley, it’s important to know your GA motorcycle laws.
What Are the Motorcycle Laws in GA?
There are several types of motorcycle laws in Georgia that you’ll want to be aware of.
- You must sit on “the permanent and regular seat” that is attached to the motorcycle
- You must face forward with one leg on each side of the motorcycle
- You can’t carry items on your motorcycle that prevent you from keeping both hands on the handlebars
- You can’t carry passengers in any way that blocks your view or interferes with the motorcycle controls
- You can’t carry passengers on motorcycles designed for one person
- Passengers must have their own seat, and it must be “firmly attached” behind or next to the driver
- You must have footrests on your motorcycle for any passengers unless the passengers are in an enclosed space
What to Wear
- Footwear (socks alone are not enough)
- A DOT-approved helmet
- DOT-approved eyewear if your motorcycle doesn’t have a windshield
Using Traffic Lanes
- No more than two motorcycles can ride next to each other in the same lane
- You can’t pass another vehicle using the same lane the other vehicle is using
- You can’t drive your motorcycle between traffic lanes
- You can’t drive your motorcycle between two vehicles that are next to each other
- You always need to use your headlights and taillights
- You’re not allowed to attach yourself or your motorcycle to other vehicles
- Your motorcycle can’t have handlebars that are more than 25 inches above the driver’s seat
- Your motorcycle can’t have a sissy bar
Now that you know the rules of the road, you can head out on the Georgia highway with confidence.
What Do I Do If I Am in a Motorcycle Accident?
As you can see, there are a lot of special Georgia motorcycle laws that could affect you if you are in a motorcycle crash. The experienced attorneys at Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C. know all GA motorcycle laws.
We have been in business for nearly 40 years and have recovered over $780 million for our clients. We will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at (706) 603-4728 for a free case review or send us a message online.