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88-Year-Old Man Dies After Driving Golf Cart into Truck’s Path

Florida is home to a number of beautiful and world-renowned golf courses. While most people operate golf carts without incident, the reality is that accidents do happen. If you were injured in a golf cart accident, you could potentially recover compensation for your injuries. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami personal injury attorneys understand that golf cart accidents can be just as serious as car accidents. With years of experience, we know how to help you seek recovery.

An 88-year-old man who drove his 2000 Yamaha golf cart into to the path of a Chevy pickup truck died as a result of his injuries at Ocala Regional Medical Center earlier this month. According to a report by the Florida Highway Patrol, the golf cart was traveling south on a trail adjacent to Cazaras Avenue and was struck when he tried to cross at a trail crossing without yielding. The golf cart driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Establishing Negligence for Golf Cart Accidents

Golf cart accidents can lead to serious injuries for both drivers and passengers. Not only do these vehicles offer very little structural protection, they are also particularly prone to rollover accidents. Florida has strict laws regarding golf carts, which make it illegal to operate these vehicles on any public streets or roads with a few exceptions.

Most of the time, golf cart accidents are the result of a driver’s negligence. Negligence is a legal concept that denotes the failure to exercise the care toward other people which a reasonable or prudent person would use in the same or similar situation, thereby causing an accident and a resulting injury. It is important to note that negligence is typically accidental so there is no need to show that the negligent party had any intent to cause harm.

Statute of Limitations in Florida Personal Injury Cases

Every state has a “statute of limitations” for personal injury claims. In Florida, a plaintiff has four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit in civil court. While there may be a few, limited exceptions, this is the general rule. If you fail to file a claim within this timeframe, it could mean permanently losing your right to pursue compensation for your injuries altogether. Thus, it is critical to work with an attorney who will be attentive to legal deadlines in your case.

Skilled Miami Golf Cart Accident Lawyers

If you or someone you know has been involved in a golf cart accident that resulted in death or serious injury, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami injury attorney who can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to getting our clients the compensation they need for their harm. We will meticulously analyze your case and help you understand your legal rights and options in detail. While our goal is to settle your case, we will zealously advocate for you at trial if settlement negotiations do not materialize. To schedule an initial, free consultation, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.

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