Electric scooters have made commuting easier and more affordable for many living in Nashville, but they have also contributed to the number of serious accidents that have happened in the city. As a result, lawmakers pushed to have these electric scooters banned and while they weren’t successful at that, they were at getting the rules tightened up just a bit. According to the Nashville Public Radio, the Metro Council voted back in July 2019 “to institute emergency rules.” Council members described the outcome “as a compromise that followed urgent and diligent revisions to Nashville’s initial rules.”
The new rules come after the City received more than 600 complaints so far this year, many of which cited that the scooters “interfered with sidewalks—in motion and while parked” and caused “dozens of injuries and one fatality.” The newly proposed revisions include:
- Creating no-ride and slow-ride zones.
- Prohibiting riding after 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and after 11:00 p.m. on weekends as well as on Metro holidays.
- Requiring more employees to be ready to respond to complaints.
- Creating a hotline for complaints about scooters that interfere with disabled access to sidewalks.
- Requiring companies to reimburse Metro for new no-parking signage.
The source also said that “Metro plans to cut the number of scooter companies from seven down to a maximum of three.” Although lawmakers are hoping that the new rules, as well as those that are expected to take effect in the future, will lead to a decline in the number of scooter-related accidents that are reported, there are still plenty of individuals suffering as a result of the injuries they sustained in an electric scooter crash.
After Woman Suffers Catastrophic Injury in Lime Scooter Accident, Her Mother Files Suit on Her Behalf
It was late December 2019 when 28-year-old Ashanti Jordan decided to rent a Lime scooter rather than rely on a co-worker to get her back home from her work shift at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After making it about halfway home, Jordan collided with a Toyota Corolla at an intersection in a residential area, reported The Mercury News. Jordan was thrown about 100 feet and wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.
As a result of the crash, the 28-year-old suffered broken bones, fractured ribs, and a catastrophic brain injury. She remains in a vegetative state and was said to have been suffering from seizures while under the care of hospital staff. The news source also highlighted that Ashanti’s mother, Tracy Jordan, hired a personal injury attorney and intends to sue Lime “on her daughter’s behalf for negligence.” Her attorney said that “Lime’s app includes language that specifically instructs people not to operate scooters on local sidewalks, pushing them onto city streets instead.” However, Jordan’s lawyer also stated that the State of Florida prohibits the operation of motorized scooters on the street although the City of Fort Lauderdale allows e-scooters to be ridden on sidewalks.
Based on the instructions the company provided Jordan with at the time she rented the scooter, she avoided riding on the sidewalk and instead rode in the street. In this particular case, it appears the instructions Lime provided Jordan with didn’t quite coincide with Florida’s laws which resulted in her engaging in a wreck. Now, because the laws may differ here in the State of Tennessee, many riders might also be finding themselves confused as to where they can and cannot ride. This often leads to individuals riding on both the sidewalks and the streets, placing them at risk of engaging in a wreck as well.
Not sure if you have the grounds to sue the company?
If you or a loved one was recently involved in a wreck while riding a Lime scooter in Nashville and suffered serious or catastrophic injuries as a result, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against the company and recover compensation for various damages. Now, you will want to schedule an initial consultation with Nashville, TN personal injury lawyer George R. Fusner Jr. who can assess the details of the incident and determine who was at fault.
If the company did play a role in causing the scooter accident to occur, then our office can help you take the necessary steps to file suit against it. If are interested in learning more about the services we provide and how we can help you recover the maximum compensation you are due given you have a viable case, contact the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. at 615-251-0005.
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