According to nbcnewyork.com, there have been three fatal Revel scooter accidents last month. Revel closed down operations in NYC after the third renter of their electric scooter passed away after sustaining serious personal injuries. According to the NYPD, the last fatal accident left a 30-year-old Bronx man with severe head injuries, and the man died a few days later at a local hospital.
Revel is an electric scooter sharing service that operates in several major cities throughout the United States. The company elected to temporarily shut down operations in NYC after three people were killed on their scooters within just 10 days. Revel failed to provide much more information about these tragic accidents and the cause of such accidents.
Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke out about the communications between city officials and Revel executives following the Jul. 28 fatal accident. Mayor de Blasio said that Revel’s safety record was in “an unacceptable state of affairs.” Mayor Bill de Blasio added that the company was making changes, but not enough changes to make a difference.
Revel’s electric moped/scooters are restricted to a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour. The company also posted rules of operation that required all riders to wear a motorcycle helmet. However, the motorists were not always wearing motorcycle helmets. Also, the electronic scooter/mopeds are prohibited in bike lanes or on sidewalks. The moped/scooters are meant to be driven on roadways and in traffic. The scooters do require a driver’s license to operate and rent. However, the company does not require any training to rent the scooters. The scooter/mopeds have been a popular alternative to cars, taxis, and subways during the pandemic. Revel stated that the company had seen ridership double in a few short months.
A personal injury attorney who is representing several people who have sustained injuries in Revel scooter accidents claims Revel has not implemented strict enough standards such as companies like Citi Bike. So far, there are more than a dozen lawsuits filed against Revel over scooter malfunctions and personal injuries. Revel states that they have suspended over 1,000 riders for riding on sidewalks, not wearing motorcycle helmets, and violations over the past 30 days.
Mayor De Blasio stated that Revel must develop strategies to make their service safer. Mayor De Blasio said city officials would work with Revel, and only when the company can operate a safe service, the company will able to resume operations.
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