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New York City Helmet Laws

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New York City Helmet Laws

New York City Helmet LawsMotorcycle and bicycle accidents can cause serious injuries. In New York City, NY, helmet laws are intended to reduce the risk of serious brain damage and death from bike accidents. 

Our New York City motorcycle accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC represents accident victims and their families in seeking compensation for their injuries and damages due to bike accidents. When a negligent driver hits a bicyclist or motorcyclist, the result can be catastrophic for the rider. Our legal team is here to help you recover the money you deserve from the at-fault motorist. 

Contact our office to schedule your free consultation with an experienced New York City personal injury lawyer. Our legal team has over two decades of experience handling personal injury claims in New York City. 

How Our New York City Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Bicycle or Motorcycle Accident 

How Our New York City Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Bicycle or Motorcycle Accident Over the past 25 years, we have earned a reputation for being aggressive advocates for our clients. We consistently obtain top awards for accident victims and their families, earning our attorney lifetime membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

You have been through a painful and stressful experience. We want to help relieve some of that stress. Let our legal team handle your personal injury claim while you focus on your recovery. 

When you hire our New York City personal injury attorney, you can expect us to:

  • Explain your legal rights and your options for seeking compensation for your injuries
  • Investigate how the accident occurred and search for evidence to prove the motorist caused your crash
  • File insurance claims and handle communications with the insurance adjusters, claims representatives, and investigators
  • Document and calculate the value of your damages
  • Fight to obtain the largest award available for your personal injury claim
  • Communicate with you regarding the progress of your case
  • Provide support and guidance throughout your case

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, please reach out to our law firm to discuss your case with an NYC motorcycle accident lawyer. Your initial consultation is free, and you are under no obligation to hire our law firm after your free case review.

What Are the Motorcycle Helmet Laws in New York City?

Less than two dozen states have universal motorcycle helmet laws. New York State is one of them. All riders and passengers are required to wear an approved motorcycle helmet

Motorcycle helmets must meet the helmet requirements of USDOT Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as outlined in Section 571.218 (FMVSS 218). In addition to an approved helmet, riders must also wear approved eye protection, even if the motorcycle is equipped with a windshield. 

What Are the Bicycle Helmet Laws in New York City?

According to the Department of Transportation, state law requires all bicyclists under the age of 14 years to wear bicycle helmets that are safety-certified. Some local communities throughout New York have passed ordinances requiring all bicyclists to wear a helmet. You should check for local ordinances to ensure you comply with the bicycle helmet laws in New York.

Do Motorcycle and Bicycle Helmets Save Lives?

There is evidence that wearing motorcycle helmets and bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of serious head injuries. They also reduce the risk of death in an accident. 

Approximately 300,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each year for bicycle injuries. It is estimated that about 70 percent of the injuries were head injuries that could have been prevented had the children been wearing bicycle helmets.

Bicycle helmets are about 90 percent effective in preventing severe brain injuries. Roughly 540,000 bicyclists seek treatment for injuries each year. Around 67,000 of those injuries are head injuries. 

Motorcycle helmets saved an estimated 1,859 lives in 2016. Wearing a motorcycle helmet can reduce the risk of a head injury by sixty-nine percent. Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of death by about thirty-seven percent. 

When fitted properly, helmets can save lives and prevent head injuries. However, riders must wear helmets each time they ride.

What Compensation Can I Recover for a Motorcycle or Bicycle Accident Claim?

Motorcyclists and bicyclists hit by motor vehicles can sustain permanent impairments and disabilities. There is no protection from the force of the automobile. Therefore, the injuries are often catastrophic.

A rider may recover compensation for their injuries and other damages when the other party was at fault for the accident. 

A rider might be entitled to recover compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses and bills
  • Permanent disabilities, impairments, and scarring
  • Cost of personal care and help with household chores
  • Loss of income and benefits, including decreases in future earning potential 
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Decrease in the quality of life
  • Treatment for psychological injuries 
  • Emotional distress and mental trauma

The value of a personal injury claim depends on the facts of the case. Our lawyers can review your case and explain the types of damages available based on your specific case. 

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our New York City Personal Injury Lawyers

Contact our New York motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss your motorcycle or bicycle accident. We can help you understand New York City helmet laws will affect your case. We want to help you recover compensation for the pain and suffering caused by a negligent motorist.

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