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New York Motorcycle Law

Have you recently been hurt in a serious accident in New York and you believe it is the responsibility of the driver who struck you? If so, you need to understand the motorcycle laws in New York.

A New York motorcycle and motorcycle law accident lawyer will be able to help you if an accident has already happened by investigation the scene of the incident and providing you with further information on how to file a legal claim.

A motorcycle law accident attorney in New York will have handled numerous claims for other injured individuals in the past and will empower you with the information required to pursue full and fair compensation. Knowledge of the motorcycle laws in the state of New York can help you to be a safer rider and decrease your chances of being hurt in an accident.

Traffic laws apply to people who are riding motorcycles and bicycles under New York vehicle and traffic law 1231. This means that every person who is on a bike has the same responsibilities and rights as the driver of a vehicle. Furthermore, the provision of New York City traffic rules in particular, are applicable to motorcycles and their operators. There are specific rules on the books in the state of New York for a variety of different maneuvers related to bikes. The first has to do with motor vehicles passing bikes. Drivers are always responsible for exercising due care. Those who do not can be held liable in a personal injury claim filed by a motorcycle law accident lawyer in New York.

Every driver must provide necessary care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian, domestic animal or bicyclist. The operator of a vehicle that intends to overtake a motorcycle has to pass to the left of a motorcycle at a safe distance until properly clear. When it relates to motorcycle passing on the right, the driver of a car can over-take and pass to the right side of another vehicle only in situations including:

  • When the vehicle over-taking is preparing to make a left turn
  • When on a road or highway that has unobstructed pavement that is not currently taken up by a parked vehicle
  • On one-way streets where the roadway has no obstructions.

Motorcyclists, much like any other motorists, have a responsibility to ensure that they avoid getting into accidents by exercising safe driving behavior at all times. Many of the same laws that apply to vehicle motorists also are in place to avoid accidents with motorcyclists.

The same rules related to hit and run accidents also apply to those on motorcycles. If you are on your motorcycle and you are involved in any serious accident, you need to stop at the scene and verify whether or not everyone else is okay. If you leave the scene of the accident without talking to anyone else at the scene or calling the police, you could be charged with a criminal hit and run. Additional penalties may apply in a criminal sense in addition to any of the civil consequences tied to a personal injury accident. The stakes are high when you’ve been hurt or when you have hurt someone else.

Motorcyclists themselves may be the ones injured in an accident in which the other party leaves the scene. A driver who hits a cyclist often realizes the serious issues tied to what just happened and may try to get out of there quickly. This can influence the motorcycle rider’s injury claim.

One increasing type of motorcycle accident has to do with hitting people on bicycles. A portion of the roadway in particular locations has been designated by signing, striping and pavement markings for the exclusive or preferential use of bicycles. Motorcycles should ride in usable road lanes at all times and stay out of the bike lanes in order to avoid an accident and avoid striking a biker or a pedestrian.

Motorcycle riders should also do everything possible to avoid serious accidents with cyclists and pedestrians.

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