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Cyclist Laws in New York

Have you recently been involved in a cycling accident and are unsure of what legal actions can be taken? At Birzon & Associates, you can speak with a personal injury lawyer in Nassau County to determine what your next steps should be. If you have questions about what laws a cyclist is held to in New York, our team has the answers you are looking for.  

Traffic Laws for Cyclists

In the state of New York, cyclists must follow the same laws one would when driving a car. This includes obeying traffic signs and signals as well as riding with traffic, not against it.  Also, just like with motorists you are required to give pedestrians the right of way. If you feel you have become a victim due to someone breaking the traffic laws for cyclists, our personal injury lawyer in Nassau County can help build a case so you can collect the damages you deserve.   

Wearing a Helmet

While oftentimes they may not be stylish, the state of New York has laws in place regarding wearing a helmet.  Anyone riding a bike under the age of 14 is required to wear one. Children from ages 1 to 4 are required to wear a certified helmet while riding in certified safety seats, while children under the age of 1 are not permitted to be transported via bicycle.  As a parent, you are subject to $50 fine if you allow your child to violate helmet law.

Required Equipment on Bicycles

Before you can begin riding, you need to make sure your bike meets all the required standards for transportation.  When biking 30 minutes before sunrise and after sunset, it must have a white headlight visible for 500 feet, and a red taillight visible for 300 feet.  Reflectors on the wheels are also required to allow for motorists to have better visibility of the cyclists. Additionally, a horn, bell, or other sound-producing devices that can be heard from 100 feet away must be equipped.  Sirens and whistles, however, are not allowed. Finally, your bike must have a brake which can make its tires skid on dry and level pavement.    

Involvement In A Crash

If you are above the age of 18 and were knowingly involved in a crash that caused serious physical injury, you are required to report what happened to an officer of the law.  Failure to do so can lead to a Class B misdemeanor. The team at Birzon & Associates knows how difficult a situation like this can be. Allowing our personal injury lawyer in Nassau County to represent you after a crash is crucial for you to get a proper handle on the predicament. The talented team at Birzon & Associates wants to make sure those who committed a crime against you are brought to justice.  Injuries suffered from a cycling accident can be severe, and our team can help you receive the damages you are entitled to.  We are well-versed in cycling laws and will offer you winning representation, so don’t delay yourself from reaching out!

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