Revel™ Scooter Accident Attorneys
Mopeds became more and more available in New York City with the rise of scooter-sharing services like Revel™. Their blue color is now a recognizable staple of our streets, like CitiBikes or yellow cabs. These vehicles are sharing the road with bikes, skateboards, motorcycles, cars, and trucks, creating a potentially dangerous situation for riders. Traditionally, scooters have been operated by licensed owners of scooters like Vespas and Hondas. Now, Revel™ has allowed unlicensed operators to ride scooters in New York.
According to the New York Times, renting Revel™ scooters requires a driver’s license but no additional training. They reported that while New York State considers mopeds to be “limited-use motorcycles,” the 30 mph speed of Revel™ scooters make them exempt from the requirement for a motorcycle license.
Two recent deaths in NYC have brought scooters to public’s attention. First, a local CBS reporter died as a passenger on a Revel™ moped in Brooklyn – she was only 26 years old. Then, there was a second fatality of a 32-year-old man in Queens. A 30-year-old man suffered critical injuries in Manhattan.
Soon after these incidents, Revel™ announced it was temporarily suspending their scooter-sharing service in New York City. But they assured people they will be back.
A pair of doctors who work in the emergency room at St. Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx recently wrote in the New York Post of the sharp increase in injuries they have seen in recent months involving mopeds. “We have treated everything from bumps and scrapes to dislocated shoulders, broken bones and serious head injuries,” they said. “We recently received seven victims of separate accidents during one overnight shift.”
According to the Revel™ website, their scooter-sharing service also operates in Austin, Miami, Oakland, and soon in San Francisco.