Revel started in 2018 offering shared electric and dock-less mopeds in Brooklyn. Later, there service areas expanded to Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and other U.S. cities. Earlier this year, Revel launched an e-bike service (specifically, a monthly subscription) in New York City as well as made an announcement of plans for a charging station for electric vehicles in Bed-Stuy. According to the founder and CEO, Frank Reig, the company’s mission has always been to “electrify cities.” Therefore, it is no surprise that Revel announced an all-electric rideshare service using all Tesla vehicles; the service is starting in Manhattan, but will likely expand through major cities in the U.S. relatively soon.
About Revel’s All-Electric Rideshare Service
The rideshare service has been set to launch in late May. It will consist of a fleet of 50 Tesla Model Y vehicles, all branded by Revel. The service will start in a specific zone and then expand to other neighborhoods based on demand and data, similar to how they started their e-moped service a few years ago.
How will this service be different from other rideshare services? Besides being all-electric, Revel is highlighting an important difference – they will be employing all of their drivers rather than depending on gig economy drivers. What does this mean? If all drivers are employed, then the company can ensure that their drivers have the appropriate training to drive passengers around. In contrast to other rideshare services, Revel will own all their vehicles, which will allow them to keep track of acceleration, speed, and breaking of the vehicle. Reig claims that “every single driver [they] employ and train will be getting safety scores at the end of every shift so they can improve their driving.” Ultimately, this allows the company to “lower insurance costs and liabilities.”
Most rideshare companies require that their drivers, which are independent contractors, carry their own insurance coverage; this is in addition to the insurance coverage that the rideshare services provide in case of an accident on an active ride. Since Revel is going to hire all their drivers, their drivers will not be required to carry their own insurance policy. According to Revel, drivers are fully covered, and their “Teslas are all registered and insured according to local regulations allowing [drivers] to drive hassle free.”
You Don’t Need Insurance
As explained above, Revel will be providing insurance coverage for all their drivers because they will be hired as employees; therefore, employees will not be required to have their own rideshare insurance. Typically rideshare accidents are only covered by rideshare insurance when the accident occurs during an active ride; however, since Revel drivers will be employees driving vehicles owned by the company, any accident should be covered. So, according to Revel, you will not need insurance if you are driving for them and are involved in an accident.
Auto Accidents are Common
Without a doubt, auto accidents can happen at any time. Auto accidents can happen any time that drivers are behind the year. Typically, auto accidents are caused by the negligent actions of a driver. Even if you are driving as safe as possible, the negligence of other drivers on the road could contribute to incidents that result in harm. When these incidents occur, it is normal for affected parties to have many questions, including the following:
- Will I have to file an insurance claim?
- Will I be covered by my employer’s insurance?
After an auto accident, you will likely have to file an insurance claim against the driver liable for the incident (if another party caused the incident). It is possible that the employer will directly handle the claim for you, with you only needing to provide details surrounding the incident. If you were at-fault for the accident, you may be required to file an insurance claim with your employer directly. Will you be covered? If you were using the work vehicle within the scope of employment, you should definitely be covered by the employer’s insurance.
Insurance Companies Do Not Want to Pay
Whether it is your personal insurance or your employer’s insurance – all insurance companies are the same. They do not want to pay. Every time they pay out a claim, they lose money, so they will do anything within the power to refuse payment. Insurance companies can resort to all of the following to avoid paying claims:
- Fail to provide important information (like deadlines)
- Fail to provide claimants with important documents
- Fail to answer calls, emails, etc.
- Fail to approve claims, even if they are valid
All of the points mentioned above could result in claimants missing deadlines and losing their right to pursue their claim or even withdrawing the claim entirely. Unfortunately, many claimants fall for these tricks and are stuck without any sort of recovery after an accident, even if their claim was valid.
Our Lawyers Can Help
Although you will not need insurance coverage if driving with Revel, you might need to deal with insurance if you are ever in an accident. As mentioned above, insurance companies will go above and beyond to avoid paying out claims, even if they are valid. Having the appropriate legal representation can help you prevent the insurance company from taking advantage of you and unfairly rejecting your insurance claim after your Revel accident.
Are you in need of a Revel accident attorney? If so, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our firm as soon as possible. At Downtown L.A. Law Firm, we have many years of experienced handling all sorts of injury claims, always fighting for the rights of injured victims and their families. If you are in need of legal assistance after your accident while driving for Revel’s all-electric Tesla fleet, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately.
At our firm, we offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns. Our lawyers are ready to provide you with all the information that you need to start or continue your injury claim. If you are ready to benefit from our free legal services, do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience. Our lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your claim.
At our firm, we offer a Zero-Fee guarantee. This means that our clients will not be required to pay any upfront legal fees for our legal services. Additionally, our law firm is based on contingency; because of this, our lawyers will not be required to pay anything until after reaching a positive claim outcome. If you do not win, you will not be responsible for paying any legal fees whatsoever.
Would you like to discuss your Revel accident injury claim with the experts at our firm? If so, do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible. Our lawyers are ready to provide you with the information that you need to pursue your claim.