A Broward County family is suing the ride-sharing scooter company Lime scooters after one of their family members ended up in a coma after being hit by a vehicle while riding the scooter.
The incident occurred on Dec. 28th when 27-year-old Ashanti Jordan was hit by a Toyota Corolla while riding a Lime scooter in Fort Lauderdale. At the time of the incident, Jordan’s family says Jordan, who is a security guard at Broward Health Medical Center was using the scooter to make the 4 miles trek home. The crash has left her in a vegetative state.
Jordan’s family says they believe the scooter company is at fault for the accident because their app which allows you to access the scooters, instructs riders to ride in the road instead of on the sidewalk.
“When you go through the Lime app and you are activating the scooter, the very last screen you see on your phone is this,” The family’s attorney Todd Falzone said. “What it clearly tells you to do is break the law. They are in violation of Florida law. They were in violation of the law on the day of this incident. They clearly caused this accident to happen, because if Ashanti had been told, ‘You’re not allowed to be on the street. You have to ride on the sidewalk,’ which is what she should’ve been told that day, she wouldn’t have been where this accident took place.”
The scooter company has since released a statement on the incident:
“The safety of our riders and the community is our highest priority, and we’re committed to making our streets safer by working with local governments to support safe infrastructure for scooters and bikes. Our thoughts remain with Ms. Jordan and her family.”
The Jordan family says they plan to file a lawsuit sometime this week.
Since December, there has been 40 accidents involving the popular ride-sharing company according to local emergency crews. It is unclear what caused the other accidents.