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While riding a motorcycle can be a fun and exciting method of transportation, it can also be very dangerous. This is because these vehicles offer riders little to no protection from outside threats on the road, such as other vehicles. It is because of this that it is crucial for riders to wear protective gear, such as helmets, in case an accident does take place. Continue reading below to learn more about New York’s laws regarding the use of helmets on motorcycles and contact an experienced personal injury attorney if you were injured in a motorcycle accident.

What are New York’s Helmet Laws?

The state of New York requires all drivers and passengers on motorcycles to wear helmets while they are riding. In addition to this, the law requires all motorcycle drivers to wear goggles or a face shield. 

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

It is always better to be safe than sorry, which is why all motorcycle riders should wear a helmet at all times. This is because there are many ways an accident can happen, such as:

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

How do I Recover Compensation?

Motorcycle riders who are injured due to negligence can file a personal injury lawsuit. This allows them to pursue legal action against a negligent party. During this time, they are required to prove the behavior of the negligent party is what directly caused the accident and their injuries. Evidence to do so can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the scene, and eye-witnesses to the incident. If they are successful in proving negligence, compensation may be awarded to cover 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

If you have been injured in a personal injury accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.

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