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Motorcycle Licensing Requirements in New York City

Motorcycle Licensing Requirements in New York City Many people choose to ride a motorcycle in New York City instead of purchasing a car or using public transportation. Motorcycles can be less expensive to operate than cars. In addition, parking may be more accessible since motorcycles are smaller than other motor vehicles.

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are common in New York City. Riders often sustain severe injuries; some riders do not survive their injuries.

Our motorcycle accident attorneys in New York City have over 25 years of experience handling accident claims. If you were injured in a motorcycle crash in New York, call the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.

How Our New York City Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help If You’ve Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

How Our New York City Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help If You've Been Injured in a Motorcycle AccidentIf you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you need experienced legal counsel to help you recover compensation for your injuries and damages. Our New York City personal injury attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. We will aggressively pursue your injury claim to get you the money you deserve.

When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:

  • Investigate your motorcycle accident to gather evidence
  • File insurance claims and handles all communication with insurance companies
  • Work with you and medical providers to document your damages and the severity of your injuries
  • Analyze your case to determine the best legal options for recovering compensation
  • Negotiate a fair settlement for your accident claim
  • Prepare and file a lawsuit, if necessary, to protect your rights

If you were injured, we want to help. Call us now to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced New York City motorcycle accident lawyer.

How Do You Obtain a Motorcycle License in NYC?

Before you can ride a motorcycle legally in NYC, you must apply for a motorcycle license. A New York State driver’s license is not sufficient to operate a motorcycle. Because operating a motorcycle is much different from operating a car, the state requires that you demonstrate your knowledge and skills before issuing a motorcycle license.

Motorcycle License Requirements in New York City

You must have a Class M or Class MJ driver’s license or learner’s permit to drive a motorcycle. The steps to get a motorcycle license in New York are:

Obtain a Motorcycle Learner Permit

The first step is to get your motorcycle learner permit. You can obtain a copy of the motorcycle operator manual from the DMV office. You can complete the application for a motorcycle learner permit online or at the DMV office.

You must take a written test to get your learner’s permit. Permit tests may be taken online or at the DMV. However, you must visit the DMV office to obtain your motorcycle learner’s permit once you pass the test.

Motorcycle Road Test

The DMV recommends that you have at least 30 hours of practice before scheduling your motorcycle road test. In addition, you must have someone supervise you who is 21 years or older with a valid motorcycle license when you practice driving your motorcycle.

Remember, people without another class of New York driver’s license must complete a Driver Education course or pre-licensing course before scheduling a motorcycle road test. Only drivers who complete the road test may receive their motorcycle license.

You may obtain a road test waiver if you meet all of the qualifications for waiving the road test, including having a completion card from the NY State Motorcycle Foundation. The card must be dated within two years of completing the motorcycle license classes.

Complete instructions and requirements for obtaining your NYC motorcycle license can be found on the DMV website.

What Should You Do if You Are Involved in a Motorcycle Crash in New York City?

New York City’s fatal crash rate for motorcyclists is about twice the rate for the rest of the state. Additionally, many riders sustain severe injuries when they are involved in a motorcycle crash.

Call 911 if you are involved in a motorcycle accident to request help and report the accident. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene and ask eyewitnesses for their telephone numbers and names. Even though NYC has thousands of cameras, documenting the accident scene is always a good idea.

If you do not go to the hospital from the accident scene, it is wise to see a doctor as soon as possible. Only a doctor can evaluate whether you are injured. You need medical documentation proving your injuries to recover compensation for damages.

Because insurance companies may blame the motorcyclist for causing the accident, even when the rider was not at fault, it is wise to seek legal advice as soon as possible after a crash. You have the burden of proving that the other driver caused the crash.

An NYC motorcycle accident attorney evaluates your claim and helps you avoid errors that could hurt your chance of recovering maximum compensation for your injury claim.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

If a motorcycle accident caused your injury, call our office to request a free appointment with a New York City personal injury lawyer. Our legal team is here to help you with your injury case. You do not need to face the insurance company alone. We can be your advocates.

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