What You Need to Know About New York State’s Motorcycle Helmet Laws

If you ride a motorcycle in New York State, you are most likely wondering whether you are required by law to wear a helmet. Of course, you should wear a helmet for your own protection, but you may be curious as to whether New York law states that you have to as well. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable New York City personal injury attorney to learn more about motorcycle helmet laws and how we can help you if you are injured in an accident. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What do New York’s laws concerning motorcyclists wearing helmets say?

If you are someone who rides a motorcycle in New York State, you should be familiar with New York State’s laws regarding wearing helmets. The law is abundantly clear: all motorcyclists are required, by law, to wear helmets at all times. Additionally, motorcyclists must also wear eye goggles or a face shield.

How do I know if I am entitled to compensation after a motorcycle accident?

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you will have to satisfy the burden of proof to win a personal injury claim. Essentially, this means that you will have to prove that your injuries were the direct result of another party’s negligence. Some of the most useful forms of evidence include pictures of any damage to your vehicle, security camera footage of the accident as it happened, medical documents regarding your injuries, witness statements, the police report filed at the scene of the accident, and more. Our firm can help ensure you have everything you need to satisfy the burden of proof.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State?

Oftentimes, after an auto accident, people will decide to wait to sue the party responsible to see if their injuries simply heal on their own. This is in large part due to the fact that people do not want to get caught up in the legal process of personal injury claims. However, waiting is generally not a good idea, for there is a statute of limitations in place that regulates the amount of time individuals have to sue after being injured in an accident. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is, generally, three years, you will, under most circumstances, have three years from the date of your accident to sue the party responsible.


At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice and personal injury claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of negligence. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award.聽Contact our firm today.