Two tragic recent golf cart accidents in the Villages once again highlight the safety hazards that can come with many Villagers’ favorite way to get around the community.
A 79-year-old man was killed in July when his golf cart collided with a sport utility vehicle, according to News 6. The man was reportedly traveling on Madero Drive at around 1 p.m in the afternoon when the accident occurred at the intersection with Zaragoza Place. He was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.
Three days later, an 82-year-old golf cart driver was killed in a crash in the Village of Glenbrook. The man suffered an unidentified medical emergency while driving, which caused the single-vehicle crash, local law enforcement officers told Villages-News.
At least one of the men was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
A rash of golf cart accidents across the state have forced local law enforcement officers throughout Florida to remind carters of the risk and encourage them to take basic safety steps.
“As you know, they’re not toys,” Sergeant Robert Siemer of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office said at a January community event in the Village of Winifred. He urged golf cart drivers and passengers to use seat belts and said some crashes can be avoided by maintaining appropriate speeds and complying with traffic laws.
There are a number of other basic safety precautions that can help protect everyone on the road. That includes staying seated and keeping your arms and legs inside the vehicles while it is moving, as well as using the horn liberally to make others aware of your presence in intersections and elsewhere.
Talk with a Villages Golf Cart Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a golf cart accident in the Villages or elsewhere in Florida, you have the right to seek compensation from those responsible for the collision.
The compensation typically available in these cases includes money damages for medical bills, property damage and other economic impacts of the crash. In the tragic event that a person is killed in a golf cart crash, his or her family has the right to seek similar compensation for wrongful death.
It is vital that you have an experienced personal injury attorney in your corner. Villages golf cart accident lawyer Tim Babiarz has been fighting for people injured in a wide range of golf cart and other collisions for more than two decades. He is committed to helping people get the full compensation available under the law.
Our office is conveniently located in the Villages. We are also proud to represent clients throughout Ocala, Leesburg, Lady Lake, Wildwood, Summerfield and beyond. Call (352) 205-7559 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a Villages golf cart accident lawyer.