Motorcycle Accident Lawyers: New York affords motorcyclists a challenging-yet-rewarding riding environment. From the densely-packed streets of Manhattan to the steeply-curved roads of the Adirondacks, riders must not only be alert to traffic, but also aware of our state’s motorcycle safety laws, which are intended to reduce the number of serious motorcycle accidents here.
According to information condensed from authoritative sources such as the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDoT) and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), New York motorcycle safety laws mandate that:
- Helmets are required for all riders; helmet speakers are allowed only one earphone
- Eye protection is required for all riders
- Daytime use of headlights is mandatory; light-modulating lights are permitted
- Passengers of any age are allowed; a passenger seat and passenger footrest must be used if passengers are carried
- Mandatory equipment includes a muffler to comply with the maximum 86 decibels of permissible sound; right and left mirrors are required; turn signals are required for motorcycles built after 1985
- Handlebar height is limited to the level of the rider’s shoulders when seated
- Rider education is generally recommended for all motorcyclists nationwide, yet in New York the cost of such training is not funded by the State
- New York compulsory liability insurance is mandatory for all motorcyclists, and the minimum coverage limit is set at 25/50/10 except for an accident where death occurs, when the minimum rises to 50/100
- “Lane splitting,” the controversial-yet-popular practice in which a motorcycle shares a lane with a full-size vehicle while passing or cruising, is illegal– yet motorcycles are allowed to be ridden two abreast
- Periodic motorcycle safety inspections have been mandated to enforce compliance with the above motorcycle safety laws
Regardless of the New York State authorities’ relentless focus on enforcement, serious motorcycle accidents continue to happen in our communities with worrisome frequency. If you or a loved one has been touched by a motorcycle crash anywhere in New York, whether in the city or upstate, you should consider seeking help from an experienced New York motorcycle accident attorney.
The motorcycle lawyers at Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys® can help guide your family through the process of healing after a New York motorcycle crash, by fighting to win monetary compensation to pay for the medical care, rehabilitation, lost wages, and other long-term needs of your injured rider. Call 1-800-4-BIKERS today to arrange a free consultation.