Golf Cart Accident | Orlando Accident & Injury Blog
The Villages are known for many things. As a popular retirement community, many of the people who move there do so for the weather, the amenities & the politics. Many also move there for a unique feature pertaining to transportation: golf cart lanes. Because of the elderly population’s propensity for traveling within golf carts, The Villages is home to numerous designated golf cart lanes that run throughout the city, a parallel set of roads that enables people who prefer not to climb behind the wheel of a car – but are comfortable with a golf cart – to remain independently mobile.
The driving habits of residents of The Villages are well-known throughout the country. Due to its high population of elderly folks, there are lanes dedicated to the golf carts these individuals use in order to get around. The sight of golf carts and cars mingling on the roadways is far from unfamiliar, and most motorists have learned how to handle the slower moving and more fragile vehicles in a way that prevents anyone from becoming involved in an accident. Unfortunately, golf cart accidents still do occasionally happen. Such was the case on the afternoon of a Tuesday during the later days of July.
Reports from the Florida Highway Patrol that emerged around an incident involving an 89-year-old Florida man, a golf cart, and a firmly planted pole began to emerge towards the end of April. According to these reports, it was on Monday, April 27th, that the almost 90-year-old individual decided to climb into his golf cart and take a drive. The reports did not indicate where the individual is believed to have been headed, and it is not clear if they were close to their residence or if they had traveled for some distance before the incident in question took place.
A person driving a golf cart within the Central Florida town of The Villages was hospitalized after an accident in which they were involved towards the beginning of January. Reports from troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol indicated that the driver of the golf cart was a 70-year-old individual who was using the golf cart along the road close to 8:30 on the morning of Tuesday, January 7th. It is not clear where the individual was headed, nor is it known where they were coming from. It does appear as though they were not golfing at the time.
A golf cart being driven close to Universal Orlando was involved in a severe accident with a car this past Thursday, May 11th, as the two vehicles were being driven near Turkey Lake Road and Production Plaza. A report from the Orlando Police Department stated that the incident happened late on Thursday night, although it is not clear just why the collision took place or who the police believe to be at fault for the incident.
Sometime around noon on Saturday, February 20th, 2016, a bizarre accident involving golf carts killed two women and injured two others. The incident, which happened on County Road 466A in The Villages, occurred when the driver of an SUV suffered a medical emergency while traveling through an intersection.
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.
It’s difficult to believe that a vehicle with a top speed of around 15 mph could result in accidents that injure more than 1,000 Americans each month but it comes as no surprise to Orlando golf cart accident injury lawyers. He has been helping golf cart accident victims since 1977 and he, along with other personal injury attorneys across the country, have forced golf cart manufacturers to improve that safety of these vehicles through improved designs and better safety equipment.
Sanford may be the latest Florida city to allow golf carts on city streets in the downtown district. Orlando golf cart accident attorney James O. Cunningham is monitoring developments in this decision very closely, as with each new city that allows golf carts, there has been a corresponding rise in golf cart accidents. During a recent meeting, Sanford officials agreed to vote on the proposed golf cart ordinance at the next meeting in January. The ordinance would designate where golf carts can and cannot be driven on city streets and specify restrictions on the vehicles.