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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.