Golf carts are not uncommon sights on Florida roadways. Golf carts must avoid roadways, but according to the applicable statute, the operator of a golf cart may cross a highway if it divides a subdivision, trailer park, or golf course. You must be at least age 14 to drive a golf cart on public roads in this state. Golf carts are more vulnerable than other larger vehicles during accidents, which is why it’s important to be extremely cautious when driving them. When one drives impaired, no matter what type of vehicle is involved, the results can be deadly.
A tragic accident involving teens
Sadly, an accident in another state left a teenage girl dead after she fell from a golf cart driven by a friend. The accident happened just after midnight. The teens were reportedly drinking while driving the cart. For unknown reasons, the victim fell from the golf cart and suffered serious injuries. She was taken to a local hospital where she later succumbed to those injuries.
The male driver of the golf cart now faces serious charges related to the accident. Not only was he accused of drinking and driving while underage, but police say that the golf cart was not legal to drive on the road in that state. The victim’s family is now mourning an 18-year-old who had her whole life ahead of her.
Seeking legal assistance in a wrongful death case
Wrongful death cases can be difficult for the surviving family members due to the tragic circumstances surrounding the death. Family members may suffer from financial issues related to the accident in the form of medical bills and funeral costs. While no amount of funds will bring back a loved one, damages rewarded through a civil lawsuit against the person deemed at fault can help ease the financial burden. Florida families who’ve lost a loved one in an accident where negligence was involved can benefit from a consultation with an experienced attorney.