Written by attorney Edward Joel Lake

Gear Up: 3 Types of Eye Protection Used When Riding a Motorcycle and How They Help

New York's motorcycle laws require that a rider wear eye protection that conforms to the guidelines of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The ANSI mission is to assure the safety of consumers. There are many types of safety gear that provides protection for your eyes when riding.

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Protecting your eyes does more than just prevent ocular injuries. If your vision is obscured at any time by minor irritants such as dust or small insects it may cause you to lose control of your bike. Closing your eyes for even a split second could result in a serious motorcycle crash. Proper eye protection protects your vision and helps prevent loss of control while traveling. It is New York law that you wear some form of eye protection so you do not become a hazard to others if an eye irritant causes you to lose control of your bike. The full New York motorcycle laws can be found online at

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