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Moped Accident: I Got Hurt on My Revel

Moped Accident: I Got Hurt on My Revel

This month, a CBS reporter for New York City was killed while riding as a passenger on a Revel rental electric moped. The accident was the latest, and most tragic, in a series of accidents that have occurred on Revel mopeds. Touted as the next generation in rented transportation, much like Divvy bicycles and Lime motorized scooters, Revel mopeds pose significantly more risk of more severe injuries given the size and speed of these vehicles on the road. If you or someone you know has been injured in a Revel moped accident, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney about your case right away.

At the Law Offices of Justin D. Brandel in New York, our team of highly qualified legal professionals is here to provide you with zealous and dedicated attention for your personal injury claims. With offices in New York and Brooklyn, call or contact us today to schedule a consultation of your case.

Who can be Injured in a Revel Moped Accident?

Revel is an electric moped rental service that allows users with a valid driver’s license and five dollars to rent a motorized moped with absolutely no training required. These mopeds can go up to 30 miles per hour, and a motorcycle license is not required. Within the first year of operation, there have already been multiple serious accidents involving Revel mopeds in New York. But it is not just the driver of the moped who is at risk. Many people can be injured in a Revel accident, including the moped driver, moped passenger, drivers and passengers in other vehicles on the road, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Injuries on a Revel Electric Mopeds

Even with a helmet and proper safety gear, the injuries caused by a Revel accident can be long-term and severe. An electric moped provides none of the protection of a larger, covered vehicle so when an accident happens, there is nothing to protect the moped riders from the impact of the crash. In some cases, the injuries can be permanent, catastrophic, and in a recent unfortunate case of a New York City CBS reporter – fatal. Some of the most common injuries being reported in moped accidents includes the following:

  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Facial trauma
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations and road rash
  • Nerve damage
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Paralysis
  • Death

If you or a loved one is injured in a moped accident while on a Revel, it is critical that you seek immediate medical treatment for assessment and triage of your injuries. Then, as soon as you are able, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your legal options.

Compensation for a Revel Moped Accident Injury

Compensation for an accident that occurred with a Revel electric moped includes damages for economic and noneconomic losses. Economic damages compensate an injury victim for their out-of-pocket costs associated with the accident, including all medical bills, lost wages, loss of future income and benefits, and any property damage. Medical expenses include all present and future medical costs, including transportation, treatment, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation, medical devices, and any long-term care. Non-economic compensation includes damages for all pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, and disfigurement.

In the worst Revel accidents, where the injuries are fatal to the victim, the family of the deceased can also file a claim for wrongful death. This compensates the family of the victim for all final medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and for the loss of love, guidance, companionship, and counsel of their loved one.

However, it is important to note that for cases involving personal injury on a Revel electric moped and all other types of personal injury cases, the state of New York utilizes a pure comparative fault rule. The court determines the degree of fault for each party involved in the case and reduces the compensation by that percentage. For example, if a Revel accident victim sustained $100,000 in damages and is found 10% at fault, their award is reduced to $90,000. This is why you need an experienced personal injury attorney by your side to protect you against any claims of fault after an accident.

Moped Accident: I Got Hurt on My Revel

There are many parties that may ultimately be liable in a Revel moped accident. If the accident was caused by the driver of the moped, he or she is liable for all injuries inflicted upon a passenger, other motorist, pedestrian, bicyclist, or any other victim involved in the accident. The same applies to the driver of another larger vehicle that does not check for Revel mopeds on the road and causes a crash. That driver would then be liable for the damages inflicted upon the Revel rider in the crash.

Revel may also be a liable party if the accident was caused by a defect or equipment failure on a moped that ultimately caused the crash. It is the company’s responsibility to maintain their fleet of moped vehicles and provide regular maintenance on them. If the accident occurred because of a glitch in the electronics, brake failure, or other malfunction, the company may be liable for any damages that result.

Once the liable parties in a Revel moped accident are identified it is important that a lawsuit is filed in a timely manner in order to secure your claims for compensation. Under New York law, an injury victim only has three years from the date of the accident to file a claim for damages. Failure to file a lawsuit within the three-year statute of limitations could mean that your case gets thrown out of court.

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Revel electric mopeds may be an easy way to get around New York City, but they come with the potential for serious accidents and injuries. If you or someone that you know has been injured in a Revel accident, you need to speak with an experienced New York accident attorney about your case. Call the office or contact us today at the Law Offices of Justin D. Brandel to schedule your initial consultation.

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How can a Dog Bite Lawyer Help?

How can a Dog Bite Lawyer Help?

There are over 52,000,000 dogs in the United States alone, and around one-third of all households have at least one dog as a pet. Although dogs are considered man’s best friend, the fact is that thousands of people are attacked by dogs every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 800,000 people are bitten by a dog annually, and around 334,000 of those injuries are severe enough to require hospital treatment. At The Law Offices of Justin D. Brandel in New York, our team of legal professionals understands the seriousness of dog bites and zealously advocates for our clients injured in dog bite attacks. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a consultation with a trusted New York dog bite lawyer.

Common Victims of Dog Bite Attacks

Sadly, over half of all dog bite victims are children — in particular young boys ages 5 to 9 years old. Over one-quarter of all children hurt in dog bite attacks require emergency room treatment, and around 77% of the dogs involved in these attacks belong to the victim’s family, a relative, or a friend of the family. The most common place of an attack on children is in their own home or at a friend’s home. Children are most often bitten in the head, face, and neck, which can cause catastrophic and often permanent damage.

What Dogs are Most Likely to Bite?

A recent study published in 2019 identified the dog breeds most likely to bite and which breeds caused the most severe damage in dog bite attacks. According to the researchers, the known breeds that cause the most bite attacks in the United States include the pit bull, German shepherds, terriers, and rottweilers. Other breeds known to have a higher propensity for attacks include bullmastiffs, wolf hybrids, huskies, akitas, chow chows, and doberman pinschers. The study also looked at which breeds of dogs caused the most damage with their bites. They noted that weight and head shape played an important role in assessing how much damage a dog bite can cause. Dogs with short, wide heads that weighed between 66 and 100 pounds typically caused the most damage. Breeds that can cause the most severity with their bites include pit bulls and mixed breed dogs.

Injuries Caused by Dog Bite Attacks

The injuries caused by dog bite attacks can be particularly devastating given the age of the victim and the location of the bite. Bites that occur on the head, face, and neck typically cause far more severe damage and can result in permanent disfigurement, disability, and the need for additional care. Some of the most common injuries caused by dog bite attacks include the following:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Ripped or torn soft tissue damage
  • Broken bones
  • Eye injuries or loss
  • Facial trauma
  • Scarring
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Crushing injuries
  • Avulsion or amputation injuries
  • Rabies
  • Infections
  • Death

If you or someone you know has been injured in a dog bite attack, it is critical that you speak with an experienced dog bite lawyer right away to learn more about your rights and begin the process of securing compensation for your injuries.

New York Dog Bites LAW

The liability of a dog owner for their pet’s attack on another person is determined by whether the animal qualifies as a “dangerous dog” under New York law. State code dictates that the owner of a dangerous dog is liable for any injuries caused to another person, their livestock, or their companion animal. In order for a dog to qualify as dangerous, it must be shown that the animal did one of the following:

  • Attacked, injured, or killed another person, their livestock, or their pet without justification, or
  • Behaved in a way that would give cause for a reasonable person to believe that the dog poses a serious and unjustified imminent threat of either injury or death

Once a dog has been deemed dangerous, an owner is held strictly liable for all injuries caused by a dog bite attack. If the dangerous dog caused additional damage, such as property loss, the victim must also show that the dog owner was negligent.

Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries

Compensation for dog bite injuries includes all costs stemming from attack injuries. This includes all medical bills such as hospitalization, treatment, surgery, medication, and transportation costs. It also includes compensation for future rehabilitation, therapy, medical devices, and additional care. Noneconomic damages for a dog bite attack may also include compensation for emotional distress, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, and the loss of enjoyment of life.

If the injured victim can prove negligence in the dog bite attack, they can additionally be compensated for any property damage that was caused in the incident. This may be damage to real estate, such as a broken fence or window, or to personal property like a cell phone or clothing. It is important that an injury victim disclose all losses associated with an attack to their attorney.

How a Dog Lawyer Can Help

Given the intricacies of dog bite law in New York, hiring an experienced dog bite lawyer is a victim’s best chance at securing compensation after an attack. Your attorney can navigate the legal process while you focus on what is most important, recovering from your injuries. An attorney will conduct their own investigation into the case, collect evidence, and interview witnesses for statements. Your lawyer will make the best possible arguments for your case in court and hold pet owners responsible when they fail to keep their dogs from attacking others. Talk to a dog bite lawyer today to learn more.

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Dog bite attacks can be devastating incidents to victims of all ages, but particularly to the young and the elderly. If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog bite attack in the New York area, call or contact The Law Offices of Justin D. Brandel, P.C. today to schedule a case consultation.

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