A Villages man who was seriously injured when his golf cart collided with a car appears to have failed to yield prior to the crash, according to new information made public by Florida Highway Patrol.
The 76-year-old Village of Duval resident was injured in a late June accident at the entrance to the Village of Hemingway near Havana Country Club, Villages-News reports. His cart reportedly was knocked over when a Camaro driven by a 73-year-old Wildwood man slammed into the vehicle.
FHP released an accident report about 10 days later, detailing the circumstances around the crash.
The injured man “had been at the wheel of his black 2009 Club Car golf cart at 6:55 p.m. that day traveling the multi-modal gate when he crossed Odell Circle,” Villages-News reports. The man “failed to yield” to the Camaro, which “was traveling through the gate which had just opened,” the report continues.
The man was sent to Ocala Regional Medical Center following the accident according to Villages-News. He continues to be treated in the intensive care unit and was at one point breathing via a ventilator, the local news outlet reported.
The Camaro driver reportedly walked away from the crash without injuries.
Golf Cart Accidents Can and Do Happen
The accident highlights the very real risk of serious and even life-threatening injury that comes with the most popular way for many people to get around The Villages.
The injured man’s neighbor was killed in a golf cart accident late last year, according to Villages-News. The 70-year-old man reportedly was ejected from his golf cart after striking a curb while making a left turn.
More recently, an 81-year-old Villager suffered broken legs, broken ribs and blood clots after being mowed down by a neighbor in a Mercury Montego. The driver of the car, later identified as a 95-year-old Villager, sped off after the accident. It took cops some two months to track down the woman, who was charged with leaving the scene of the crash.
Anyone who is injured in a traffic accident in Florida, whether it is a car, golf cart, truck, bicycle or other crash, has the right to seek compensation from those responsible. That includes money for doctors' bills and related costs, as well as property damage and any impact of the injuries on a person’s ability to earn income.
Speak With a Villages Golf Cart Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a golf cart or other crash, it is vital to seek the advice of an experienced injury attorney. Villages golf cart accident lawyer Tim Babiarz has been fighting for people and families across the community for more than two decades.
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 attorney.