The New York Post reported that NYC-based motorized scooter startup Revel is halting operations within New York City after a recent series of crashes, two fatal, involving its rental units. The most recent crash claimed the life of a 32-year-old Brooklyn man early Tuesday morning after he lost control of his scooter and crashed in Queens. Revel responded hours later with their announcement.
This closely followed a widely publicized accident in Brooklyn involving CBS New York reporter Nina Kapur on July 18, when she was killed in another Revel scooter crash, and an incident in Manhattan Saturday where a scooter crashed into a pole and threw both the driver and passenger off of the vehicle.
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“New York riders – starting today, NYC service will be shut down until further notice,” a tweet from Revel stated on Tuesday. “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.”
While the scooters are limited to a top speed of 30 mph and come with helmets, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio has criticized the safety of the rental scooters, stating “It’s been really, really dangerous…we’ve got to protect lives first.”
As these types of scooters are considered motorized vehicles, it’s important to consider retaining a personal injury attorney if you’ve been injured in an incident with one.