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.
Frequently Asked Question About Mopeds
Are mopeds dangerous?
Scooters and mopeds share the road with everything from bicycles to automobiles, and yet have both the vulnerability of a bike and speed of a car. There were two deaths in NYC in July 2020 alone, along with multiple injuries.
Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
The award-winning attorneys at Belluck & Fox can help to protect you from aggressive insurance companies that just want to short-change you. We know the tactics and strategies that insurance companies and their lawyers use to try to take advantage of accident victims. We can also help to prove who was at fault and who should pay. Our skilled legal team will employ accident reconstruction specialists and other professionals to build a solid case for maximum compensation.
What kind of compensation can I receive for a scooter accident?
Compensation is often available for medical bills, including estimates for any ongoing treatments you will need in the future related to your injury; payment for lost wages and diminished earning capacity if you are no longer able to do the work you did before; property damage to; awards for the pain and suffering you have been put through; and punitive damages, which are meant to punish the at-fault party for extreme misconduct.
When should I contact a lawyer?
Because of statutes of limitations, along with the potential for a responsible party to go bankrupt, we encourage potential clients to reach out as soon as possible after injury or loss of a loved one.
What does it cost to work with Revel™ scooter accident lawyers like Belluck & Fox?
The seasoned New York personal injury attorneys at Belluck & Fox will conduct a free consultation to assess your case and go over all your options for compensation. We only collect a fee if you win your case.
Why choose Belluck & Fox as your personal injury attorney?
Belluck & Fox brings more than 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of people who have been injured due to someone else’s negligence. We have recovered more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients and their families. We also ride scooters. Our founder Joe Belluck can be frequently found on his Vespa.