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Motorcycles are becoming more popular nationwide. Unfortunately, the number of motorcycle accidents are on the rise, both nationally and in New York state. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has released statistics that point to nearly 5,000 motorcycle accidents in the year 2005 alone. Each New York motorcycle accident has a physical and financial cost to riders – and if you’re going to risk the often-treacherous road, it’s a good idea to know your legal obligations and rights before you ride.
New York has many state-specific motorcycle laws, including a compulsory helmet and eye protection law for all ages, a requirement to carry liability insurance at all times, and obligations to undergo periodic safety inspections. In addition, anyone wishing to operate a motorcycle in New York state must possess a Class M or MJ driver license. You must complete a motorcycle road test before obtaining your New York motorcycle license, though this requirement may be waived if you complete a motorcycle safety course.
While driver education and practice are essential for safe motorcycle operation, accidents are common. Individual factors such as experience levels, fatigue, drug or alcohol use, mechanics and weather conditions can contribute to accidents, and other motorists can also cause problems on the road. Since not all drivers are aware of motorcycle laws and some ignore the presence of motorcycles on the road altogether, it’s important to be alert and aware at all times.
If an accident does happen, remain calm and gather as much information at the accident scene as possible. Don’t sign any paperwork or deal with an insurance company directly if at all possible. Instead, hire an experienced New York motorcycle accident attorney to help protect your rights and assess your case. Depending on the scope and severity of your injuries and or property damage, you could have a claim for a significant financial settlement designed to offset the costs of your medical care, physical therapy, lost wages, and/or future medical expenses.
Don’t trust just any attorney to take on your New York motorcycle accident case. Instead, seek out a lawyer who rides. Richard M. Lester and the attorneys of AIM (Aid to Injured Motorcyclists) understand the road – and the law. They’re committed to helping injured bikers protect their rights and recover money for their injuries – and they’ve collected over $200 million on behalf of injured riders. It’s easy to get in contact with the best lawyers on the road – just call AIM at 800-ON-A-BIKE for your free consultation today.
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