What are New York’s Motorcycle Helmet Laws?

While motorcycles can be exciting, it is important to keep in mind they can also be dangerous. Due to the fact that they are the smallest vehicle on the road and provide riders little to no protection from outside threats, these accidents can cause severe and life-threatening injuries. It is because of this that all motorcycle riders should wear protective gear at all times. However, each state maintains their own laws regarding whether or not riders are required to wear helmets. Continue reading below to learn about New York’s helmet laws and contact an experienced personal injury attorney if you were injured in a motorcycle accident due to negligence.

What are New York’s Helmet Laws?

In the state of New York, all drivers and passengers are required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle. In addition to this, the law requires all drivers to wear goggles or a face shield. 

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

A motorcycle accident can happen quickly and can be devastating. That is why protective gear is important. The following are different examples of how a motorcycle accident can take place in New York:

  • Distracted driving
  • Dangerous driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Defective motorcycle parts
  • Poor weather

How do I Recover Compensation?

After being injured in a motorcycle accident, injured parties can file a personal injury claim to pursue legal action. During this time, they are required to prove the other party was negligent and therefore caused the accident as well as their injuries. This can be accomplished with evidence such as medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the scene, and witness testimony. If negligence is proven, the injured party may receive compensation for the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Medical care
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Loss of current and future wages
  • Funeral expenses in the event of wrongful deaths

Contact our Firm

The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.