The Tragic Results of Golf Cart Car Accidents
According to the National Golf Foundation, there were golf courses in 209 of the world’s 249 countries as of the end of last year. And here the United States, many of these courses and the accompanying golf carts are located right here in Florida. Whether you are a visitor of the Sunshine State or live here year-round, golf carts are a common sight. Between the abundant sunshine and warm climate, it is easy to understand why they are a tempting alternative to cars, especially when factoring in that they are also comparatively environmentally friendly and cheaper to buy and maintain. But unfortunately, when cars collide with golf carts and accidents result, tragedies often follow.
What Example of a Golf Cart Accident Tragedy Was Recently in the News?
Patch News recently reported that an 87-year-old Sun City Center man recently died at Tampa General Hospital from injuries sustained when his golf cart was struck by a car. Florida Highway Patrol has asserted that on a recent Saturday morning, the victim riding the golf cart was fatally injured after being struck by a 77-year-old when she ran a red light. Tragically, the victim had a green light at the time his golf cart was struck by the car, causing it to overturn and eject the man who later died from his injuries.
How Often Do Golf Cart Injuries Happen?
Unfortunately, accidents involving golf carts seem to be constantly on the rise both in Florida and throughout the United States. There are no golf cart accident records kept by the Florida Highway Patrol. However, data released by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System suggests that over 147,000 golf cart injuries occurred in the U.S. in just a sixteen year period. Perhaps surprisingly since many of them cannot operate golf carts, over 31 percent of these injuries occurred to children who were age 16 or younger. Additionally, over fifteen percent of these injuries occurred on streets or public property.
Have You Been Injured in a Golf Cart Accident?
In this kind of case, it is important to understand that anyone who has been injured in a golf cart accident in Florida has the right to seek compensation from those responsible for the collision. However, you will likely need experienced and competent legal help to maximize your claim. Because golf carts accidents can cause such serious injuries, it is important that you find an attorney that has had success handling these types of cases. As experienced Tampa personal injury attorneys of The Pendas Law Firm, we understand how serious these crashes can be and we sympathize with what you have experienced. We bring to the table decades of combined experience that we can utilize in helping ensure you are successful with your claim against the negligent party who caused your golf cart accident. And in addition to helping accident victims themselves, we are dedicated to serving families who have tragically lost a loved one because of the negligence of others. Contact us today to begin maximizing your rights.
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