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What Are the Motorcycle Helmet Laws in New York State?

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What Are the Motorcycle Helmet Laws in New York State?

If you are someone who rides a motorcycle in New York, or you are considering riding one, you may be wondering whether you are required, by law, to wear a helmet. Of course, helmets are solely for your own safety, so it is always the smart decision to simply wear one, however, are you required to? Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable New York City personal injury attorneys to learn more about helmet laws in New York, what to do if you are in an accident, and how we can help you through the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the motorcycle helmet laws in New York?

The motorcycle helmet laws in New York, unlike many other states, are actually very simple: everyone is required to wear helmets, as well as eye protection, at all times. This means both drivers and their passengers, regardless of their age.

Am I entitled to compensation if I am injured in an accident in New York State?

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you will have to hire an experienced New York City personal injury attorney who can gather and present all the evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof. Simply put, this means you need an attorney who can prove that you were injured as a direct result of another motorist’s negligence. This is not always easy, though our firm has the skill and training needed to help. Some of the most useful forms of evidence to prove personal injury claims are medical documents, witness statements, police reports filed at the scene of the accident, pictures of any damage to your motorcycle, surveillance footage taken of your accident as it happened, and more.

How long will I have to sue for a motorcycle accident injury in NYS?

After you have been injured in an accident, you will have to file a personal injury claim within New York’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State is, generally three years, giving the wrongly injured, under most circumstances, three years from the date of their accident to take legal action against the party responsible. If you wait past the three-year mark to sue, you will most likely be time-barred from doing so. Do not let this happen. Our firm is here to help you today.

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