A pair of recent golf cart crashes in The Villages are yet another unfortunate reminder of the risks that come with many local residents’ favorite way to travel.
A car driver was ticketed on a charge of reckless driving after a June 5 accident with a golf cart on Morse Boulevard, Villages-News reports. The car reportedly was making a turn onto Palo Alto Avenue when it collided with the cart.
The golf cart driver reportedly was sent to UF Health-The Villages Hospital.
The second crash came with much more serious consequences.
A golf cart driver suffered traumatic injuries in a June 6 accident with a vehicle near the postal station in the Village of Alhambra, according to Villages-News. The crash caused the golf cart to roll over.
Golf Cart Rollover Crashes
Rollover golf cart accidents are unfortunately common in the Villages, where using a golf cart is a popular way to get around. These crashes often result in drivers and passengers being ejected from their vehicles, especially those who are not wearing seatbelts.
These crashes can result in a wide range of serious and even fatal injuries.
Fortunately, there are some steps that golf cart drivers and passengers can take to protect themselves. It starts with buckling up seat belts.
Seat belts keep drivers and passengers in their seats, particularly during rollover accidents in which the vehicle’s canopy and side structure provide some protection.
Many golf carts do not come equipped with seat belts because they are designed to accommodate golfers frequently getting in and out of their vehicles. For golf carters who use the vehicles outside of the links, seat belts are a vital safety protection that can be easily added at minimal charge.
Injured in a Golf Cart Accident? Know Your Rights
Anyone who is injured in a golf cart accident in The Villages or elsewhere across Florida has the right to seek compensation from those responsible.
The monetary damages typically available for people injured in golf cart accidents includes compensation for medical bills and property damage. Additional compensation may also be available for pain and suffering. In the tragic event that a person dies in a golf cart accident, his or her loved ones can seek similar damages for wrongful death.
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.