A pair of Villagers was recently injured after their golf cart plowed into the back of a sport utility vehicle.
The unidentified couple was sent to the hospital with gashes and other injuries, Villages-News reports. According to the news outlet, the man driving the Atomic golf cart was also cited by police for careless driving.
The golf cart was traveling northbound on Davenport Drive in Summerhill at the time of the accident. It plowed into the back of a Ford Edge, which had stopped while another golf cart ahead of the SUV attempted to make a left turn.
The collision is just the latest example of the risk that comes with getting in a golf cart, one of the more popular ways to get around in The Villages. A 74-year-old Villager was killed just a month earlier when his golf cart collided with a Mercedes during a run to the post office.
Although there was no sign of intoxication in that crash or the recent Summerhill accident, golf carting is particularly dangerous when combined with drugs or alcohol. A local woman was recently charged with DUI following an accident in which her golf cart reportedly slammed into a wall and ejected a passenger.
Injured in a Golf Cart Accident? Here is What You Should Know
Anyone who is injured in an accident involving a golf cart in Florida has the right to seek compensation from those responsible, whether it is a negligent cart or another vehicle driver, a golf cart or auto manufacturer, or someone who leaves driving surfaces in an unsafe condition.
Golf cart and other vehicle drivers owe others on the road a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. That means complying with traffic laws and local rules about where golf carts can and cannot be driven, as well as using turn signals, maintaining appropriate speeds and refraining from aggressive driving. It also means avoiding dangerous behavior like drinking and texting behind the wheel.
When a driver does not live up to this responsibility, he or she is considered negligent and liable for any resulting injuries or deaths.
Speak With a Villages Golf Cart Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a golf cart or other type of accident, it is important to understand your rights and options. An experienced personal injury attorney can guide you through the legal process with experience and personal attention and help you maximize your money damages.
Tim Babiarz is a Villages golf cart accident lawyer who has been fighting for people injured in a wide range of crashes for more than two decades. He is committed to getting the people he represents the full compensation available under the law.
Our office is conveniently located in the Villages. We are also proud to represent clients throughout the area, including in 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.