An 84-year-old Brooksville man died on Tuesday after his golf cart was hit by a pickup truck in Hernando County, Tampa Bay Online reported.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the man was driving the gold cart north on US 19 at approximately 10 MPH. The driver attempted to a lane change and turned into the path of a 1996 Ford pickup truck, the report said. The driver was ejected onto the median and the cart was pushed across the southbound lanes by the front of the truck and onto the west shoulder of the road. The gold cart driver died at Bayonet Point Medical Center. The driver of the truck was not injured.
Golf cart accidents have increased dramatically in recent years, as more municipalities have made it legal to operate them on streets.
Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that 15,000 golf car related injuries are treated in emergency rooms in the US every year. Golf carts typically are not equipped with seat belts or stability mechanisms, so they can roll over easily and unrestrained passengers can be ejected, as happened in this case.
In many cases, negligence is involved in golf cart accidents, whether on the part of a driver, manufacturer, or some other party. If negligence can be shown the injured person or survivors of a person killed in a golf cart accident might be eligible to receive compensation from the at-fault party.