Indianapolis woman suing electronic scooter maker over traumatic brain injury

Paula Speer claims she fell off a Lime scooter June 14 and suffered a traumatic brain injury. (WTHR Staff)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — An Indianapolis woman is suing the parent company of Lime and the maker of its scooters after taking a fall and suffering "serious injuries."

A lawsuit filed on behalf of Paula Speer claims she fell June 14 and suffered a traumatic brain injury. She claims to have fallen while trying to brake after the scooter rapidly accelerated.

“Actually I don't have any memory of the entire thing,” Speer said.

The lawsuit claims the scooters defects include: the sticking of the accelerator, sudden and unexpected acceleration, an unstable center of gravity, the scooter was deceivingly powerful, small wheels making it unstable, and the dangerous operation of the brakes.

The lawsuit also claims the dangers posed by the scooter aren't obvious to an inexperienced rider. The claim insists the scooter was not properly labeled and there were not instructions on proper use.

“It was 16 days I was in intensive care. I was not even conscience,” Speer said.

In the lawsuit, Paula's husband claims to have lost love and companionship from his wife as a result of her injuries.

“I take her to Speech Therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, there are all kinds of therapies she goes through during the week," said Leonard Speer.

The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages and is asking for a jury trial.

Eyewitness News received this message from Lime early Friday evening:

While we can’t comment on active litigation, the safety of our riders and community is our highest priority.