A man from The Villages has died from injuries sustained when his golf cart crashed with a van on Tuesday, October 20th. It happened at the intersection of Odell Circle and Ambrosia Place in The Villages, just outside of Orlando. The Florida Highway Patrol said Donald T. Browne, 79, was driving his golf cart northbound on Odell Circle south of Ambrosia Place and turned into the path of a van driven by Merle L. Hoops of The Villages. The two vehicles collided and traveled several feet before coming to a complete stop. Browne and his passenger, 77-year-old Dorothy A. Browne, were both transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where Donald Browne died early Wednesday and Dorothy Browne is still in serious condition.
Golf carts are an extremely common sight in Florida, on and off the golf course. While spills on the golf course are often non-serious and play is shortly resumed, in several Florida communities where golf carts are the preferred (or required) mode of transportation, golf cart accidents can be quite serious, and in some devastating cases such as this, they can be fatal. It may surprise you to learn that according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), around 15,000 people suffer injuries serious enough to warrant an emergency room visit in golf cart accidents each year in the U.S. Golf carts are not designed or engineered to handle turns well at any speed, nor do they have adequate safety features that protect passengers from danger when another vehicle is involved. As you might guess, the people most often ejected in golf cart accidents are retired people, but few people know that 40 percent of all accidents involving golf carts are children.
However, this comes as no surprise to Florida golf cart accident attorneys such as James O. Cunningham. He and other personal injury lawyers in the Florida area see and help people injured in golf cart accidents such as this one, on a regular basis and have done so for years. If you or a loved one is one of the hundreds of Floridians injured in golf cart accidents each year, and you have questions about your legal options, contact Florida personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham today to schedule a free consultation. Mr. Cunningham has been helping injured people since 1977 and has a proven record of success helping victims receive the fair and just compensation they deserve. He has law offices conveniently located throughout Central Florida. Call today toll-free at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) to schedule a consultation at a law office near you.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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