An 84-year-old man driving a golf cart was killed Tuesday afternoon in Brooksville after he apparently attempted to turn in front of a pickup on U.S. 19.
The man was traveling north on the highway around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when he tried to change lanes and turn in front of a 1996 Ford truck.
Florida Highway Patrol believes the man had been going about 10 mph.
The front of the Ford struck the left side of the golf cart, causing the cart to become lodged on the truck. The golf cart driver was ejected from the vehicle onto the pavement. He was taken to Bayonet Point Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The 62-year-old truck driver was not injured.
Hernando County’s abundant golf courses and communities have led to an increase in golf cart usage. In fact, many residential areas have replaced cars with golf carts as the preferred mode of transportation. Unfortunately, the increase in golf carts on busy fairways and roadways has resulted in more and more crashes and serious injuries.
It is important to realize that if you have been involved in a golf cart collision, you have legal rights and may be entitled to seek damages. Catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death can result from golf cart crashes. The Hernando County Golf Cart Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can advise you on your options and the potential legal remedies for your unique situation.
If you or someone you care for was harmed in a golf cart accident in Spring Hill, Brooksville, Ridge Manor, Weeki Wachee, Hernando Beach or Masaryktown, you may be eligible to obtain financial compensation for your injuries and damages, such as:
• Lost Wages
• Medical Costs
• Property Damage
• Loss of Enjoyment of Life
• Loss of Companionship
• Funeral Costs
• Pain and Suffering
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are around 15,000 golf cart injuries per year across the United States. After an accident, physical evidence needs to be gathered and the accident site needs to be thoroughly investigated and analyzed to determine what exactly caused the accident. Sometimes these accidents are caused by negligent or drunk drivers. Other times, the golf cart may have malfunctioned due to being defective or lacking proper warnings. Despite the cause, the responsible party should be held accountable for your losses.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a golf cart crash in Brooksville or elsewhere in Hernando County, contact the Hernando County Golf Cart Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton online or call 352-666-2121.