Motorcycle, moped and scooter accident cases present unique challenges because of the public bias against operators in New York City. Accidents have been on the rise recently in New York City. Case in point, there were 3 accidents involving Revel scooters in a ten-day period in NYC.
On July 27th, 32-year-old Jeremy Malave was killed in a Revel moped accident in New York. Malave was riding a rented Revel north on Woodhaven Boulevard, Queens, when he lost control of the moped and struck a light pole near 67th Drive. The crash happened around 3:15 a.m. He was rushed to the hospital with massive head injuries. He did not survive the critical injuries. His helmet was found on the ground nearby, but it was not clear if Malave was wearing it at the time of the accident.
On July 25th, two men were also hospitalized in critical condition after the driver lost control of the Revel scooter they were riding on Wadsworth Terrace near Fairview Avenue in Fort George. The scooter, which tops out at just over 30 miles per hour, veered into a pole, throwing both men off the two-wheeler. None of them were wearing helmets.
On July 18th, CBS 2 NY Reporter Nina Kapur also died in a Revel accident. She was riding as a passenger on a Revel moped in Brooklyn when the driver of the scooter suddenly swerved throwing Kapur onto the roadway. She suffered critical injuries and was rushed to the hospital where she later died. The driver of the moped suffered minor injuries. Neither of them was wearing a helmet.
What Is a Revel Moped?
Revel mopeds are electric two-wheelers that can be rented by the minute throughout New York City. They are technically mopeds but do not have pedals and they top at 30 miles per hour in speed. A motorcycle driving license is not required to rent and operate a Revel moped because they are classified as “scooter.”
The mopeds cannot be ridden in bike lanes and users are legally required to wear a helmet which is available in a box located at the back of the moped. New York City has recently legalized electric scooters, which have been particularly useful for frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
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If you have been injured in an accident in New York City, you need to immediately contact an experienced New York City accident attorney to protect your legal rights and get you the full compensation that you deserve. For more information or to consult with an experienced New York City accident attorney, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-646-798-1535.