What If I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet During a Motorcycle Accident?
A ride on your motorcycle, with the wind in your hair, may be one of your favorite parts of the day. At least, it was, until you were struck by a careless driver and injured. Now, you’re hurt, but wait a minute—they’re claiming you were partly at fault because you weren’t wearing a helmet. Now what can you do?
If you’re hurt and the at-fault party is trying to pin the blame on you, a motorcycle accident lawyer from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can help. We can review the details of your claim, show you how fault laws can impact your claim, and seek out the full compensation you’re due for your injuries.
New York Helmet Laws
When you’re on any vehicle in New York, you’re expected to follow the rules of the road. These rules can vary, depending on the type of vehicle you’re using, so you may need to stay updated on what’s expected of you. For motorcyclists, a key law impacting you is New York’s helmet laws.
New York requires all riders to wear a helmet. No matter your age, riding experience, or insurance policy, you must wear a helmet.
But that doesn’t mean motorcyclists will have an easy time getting compensated even if they were wearing a helmet at the time of their accident. Because riding without a helmet exposes you to the risk of serious head injuries, the costs of an accident may be high. Insurance companies want to make a profit, and because of this, the company may act in bad faith. You may need to fight back or even take your claim to court.
How Comparative Fault Can Impact Your Claim
Even if you were wearing a helmet, the at-fault party may still claim you were careless in another way. If they’re successful, you may lose part or all your compensation for your motorcycle accident recovery.
Let’s say the at-fault party claims you were 20 percent at fault for the accident. If you don’t defend your claim, you may only receive 80 percent of the compensation you’re due. Rather than risk your compensation, reach out to a lawyer for help after your motorcycle crash.
Talk to a Lawyer About Your Motorcycle Accident
When you’re injured in an NYC motorcycle accident, the details of your claim can hurt your compensation. You may be worried that you made a mistake and that now you can’t get help for the suffering you’ve been put through.
If you’re concerned about getting the full compensation you’re due, reach out to a lawyer at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP. We have the tools you need to get compensated fairly for the suffering you experienced, even if you believe you made a mistake. Reach out for a free consultation today—call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462), or fill out the following online contact form below.