As E-Scooters and Mopeds Become More Available in New York, Accidents Likely to Rise.
Contributor(s): Neal Bhushan
Electric moped sharing startup Revel is expanding rapidly in New York City. Like Citibikes, the mopeds can be rented from stations all over Brooklyn and Queens with just a credit card. Drivers are not required to have any previous moped experience and just need a valid driver’s license. The mopeds can go up to 30 miles per hour. Not surprisingly, we are already seeing reports of accidents happening with these sporty E-scooters.
A Revel accident occurred in Washington, DC, when a rider hit a pothole and flipped his scooter over and broke his collarbone. D.C.’s first Revel moped crash was reported Sunday. The rider hit a pothole and fell off. Washington Post, August 20, 2019. In addition, the New York Times reported a case where a Revel rider rear-ended a bicycle rider and caused a serious accident. Now Crowding New York’s Streets: Rented Mopeds Going 30 M.P.H, NYT, August 9, 2019.
We anticipate that accidents involving e-scooters will be similar to those we see with bicycles:
· Cars/trucks/bicycles and mopeds crashing;
· Pedestrians harmed by e-scooter riders;
· Untrained or impaired riders falling off of their e-scooters;
· Car doors opening and hitting moped riders; and
· Mopeds are hitting potholes or other road hazards.
If you or a loved one has suffered a moped, motorcycle or bicycle accident, please call 212-869-3500 or contact the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm. We have handled hundreds of accident cases in New York and have obtained appropriate and meaningful settlements and verdicts for our clients.
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