It’s a proven fact that helmets save lives and prevent serious head trauma that could cause permanent disabilities. Nearly every state in the U.S. has motorcycle helmet laws. New York is one of them. In New York, both motorcycle drivers and passengers are required to wear a helmet with eye protection that has met the federal motor vehicle safety standards. In short, there is no logical reason not to wear a helmet when you ride. From a legal standpoint, not wearing a helmet can make your situation more complex. It’s best to consult an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to sort through the liability issues.
If your loved one has died due to the reckless actions or negligence of another party, you do have recourse to recover damages for psychological and financial harm done to you. It may be possible to bring a suit for wrongful death, which is the term used by courts for a death caused by wrongful conduct or negligence.
Many people think that, if a loved one has died because of the wrongful conduct or negligence of another party, a criminal case is the only avenue for justice. However, they may also be entitled to pursue civil damages in a wrongful death claim.
News headlines throughout the country, including New York, have been blazing with news of record cold temperatures. In mid-winter, it’s not uncommon to feel cold blasts, of course, but this winter has been one for the history books.