Laws, rules, and regulations that govern motorcycle riders
The New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law has provisions applicable to motorcycle operators. In general, a motorcyclist must know the rules of the road and obey them just like a car driver. However, the NY Vehicle and Traffic law has certain laws for motorcycle operators including:
Helmets are required for motorcycle riders (VTL 381) This section also explains other motorcycle equipment that must be used such as proper brakes, rear reflectors, and front and rear motorcycle lamps must be lit during twilight hours. The entire section can be found at https://codes.findlaw.com/ny/vehicle-and-traffic-law/vat-sect-381.html.
Motorcycle riders are not entitled to first party personal injury protection (PIP) benefits including No Fault benefits. Unlike motor vehicle operators, motorcyclists will not have the auto insurance pay for their medical care.
They must use their health insurance coverage or self pay. Because of this, motorcycle accident victims can sue the liable vehicle to recover medical expenses, lost wages, and other first party benefits. Another important distinction from motor vehicle accidents is that motorcycle accident victims do not have to prove they suffered a “serious injury” under Insurance Law section 5102(d) as is required of car accident victims. Because of this, there exists no minimal injury and motorcycle riders and passengers can bring a claim for even minor injuries.