On July 28, Revel, a moped rideshare company, decided to cease operations in New York City. According to Deadline, this decision was made hours after the second Revel scooter death this month.
Earlier in July, CBS2 reporter Nina Kapur, 26, died in Brooklyn after falling off a Revel Scooter being driven by a friend. The second death occurred yesterday. Jeremy Malave, 32, died after crashing a Revel moped into a light pole on a Queens roadway around 3:15 a.m.
The moped rental rideshare company became increasingly popular in recent months in New York City. Because of the pandemic, New Yorkers abandoned subway ridership and were looking for transportation alternatives. People could rent a Revel scooter for a $5 registration fee and 35 cents a minute. The only qualification needed was a valid driver’s license. The scooters can hit a speed of 30 m.p.h.
Prior to Kapur’s death, Revel sent a mass email to NY customers warning riders to obey the rules. That email was sent because more than 1,000 users had recently had their riding privileges suspended for rule violations. The rules included wearing a helmet and not riding on sidewalks or in bike lanes.
In a tweet yesterday morning, Revel wrote, “New York riders – starting today, NYC service will be shut down until further notice. We’re reviewing and strengthening our rider accountability and safety measures and communicating with city officials, and we look forward to serving you again in the near future.”
The decision to shut down the service indefinitely was endorsed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said, “Transportation alternatives are important but safety on our streets is paramount. We spoke with Revel this morning and they are shutting down until we can find a way to make shared mopeds safe.”
While Revel takes time to reevaluate their safety procedures and requirements, there are still a number of rideshare rental scooters and bikes available in New York City. When riders or others on the road are negligent, there’s the chance an accident could happen.
If you’ve been involved in an e-scooter crash and believe someone else’s negligence played a role in what happened, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. The Rideshare Law Group can evaluate your situation and help you determine what your legal rights and options are. If you choose to pursue legal action, our lawyers can guide you through the process and fight to ensure you receive the compensation you need to recover as fully as possible. Contact us today to learn more.