A Virginia man is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries after he fell off a golf cart in Vilano Beach on Saturday evening, September 4, according to News4Jax.com. Christopher Chaplin, 31, was riding in the back of the golf cart. The driver was Murell Donald, 48, of Vilano Beach. The two were at the intersection of Myrtle and 14th Street when, for an unknown reason, Chaplin fell off the back and hit his head on the pavement.
He was taken to Shands Jacksonville with critical head injuries, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
While the cause of the crash is reported to be under investigation, we wish the best for a full and complete recovery of Mr. Chaplin.
Golf Cart Hazards
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports there are 15,000 golf cart-related injuries that require emergency room treatment in the U.S. every year. A passenger ejection is one of the most common types of injury, and a head injury is the most common area to suffer from the fall. Children are particularly vulnerable to this type of accident. According to the CPSC, about 40% of accidents involving a golf cart involve someone falling out of the small electric vehicle, and about half involve children under the age of 16.
Another less common golf cart accident involves rollover accidents. About 10% of accidents in golf carts result in rollovers.
Adding to the seriousness of these accidents is the fact that most golf carts are not equipped with seat belts. The CPSC points out that the side handhold does nothing more than provide a fulcrum about which the ejected passenger will rotate. There are few side restraints to keep someone inside these dangerous vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a golf cart accident, the Jacksonville personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah will be there for you to discuss the particulars of your case. In many instances, there is an at-fault party who can be held responsible to cover the costs of your personal and property injury. Call us.