We don’t normally think of golf carts as dangerous vehicles, but a 75-year-old woman lost her life Sunday afternoon, January 7, when she lost control of the vehicle. The woman was on the Suntree Golf Course around 3:20 p.m., according to a report by the Orlando Sentinel quoting the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).
The woman was making a right turn on Palm Brook Drive, but the golf cart instead ran into a fence, throwing the elderly woman to the ground. She was airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne where she later died. Her friends tell Central Florida News 13 they are dumbfounded by this tragic accident that took the life of a “sweet lady” who was a stickler for the rules of the game of golf.
Golf Cart Safety
Golf carts do not have seatbelts, and an FHP spokesperson says they encounter a number of golf cart-related crashes every year resulting in personal property damage and injury, but few involve serious injury or death.
The family may want to be assured there were no defective components of this golf cart that may have caused it to go out of control. An experienced Florida product liability law firm would investigate whether or not the brakes and steering on the golf cart were in working order. Was the roadway free of debris and the sidewalk even and free of cracks? An investigation would also include any eye-witness accounts of what actually happened since this is such an unusual turn of events.
Our law firm expresses its sincere condolences over the loss of this woman to her friends and family members.
The Brevard County personal injury lawyers of Farah & Farah will always offer a complimentary consultation after any personal injury accident. Call our number at 1(800) 533-3555 to start the conversation.
Source: http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20120109/BREAKINGNEWS/120109016/Suntree-woman-75-dies-from-golf-cart-wreck-injuries; http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-01-09/news/os-golf-cart-elderly-woman-killed-20120109_1_golf-cart-accident-florida-highway-patrol-suntree