77-Year-Old Man Died After Being Knocked Over In Golf Cart Accident By Aguanga Mobile Home Park Near Temecula
AGUANGA, CALIFORNIA (November 28, 2018) A 77-year-old man has tragically died in a golf cart accident by the 45500 block of State Route 79 around 10:10 a.m.
Police are saying that the victim began crossing the street near a mobile home park when he was hit by a 73-year-old man driving a golf cart. The driver of the golf cart was going 10 mph at the time of the accident.
The pedestrian was thrown to the ground and suffered major head trauma. He was transported to the Inland Valley Medical Center in order to receive treatment.
Unfortunately, he later died due to his injuries on Tuesday around 2:00 p.m. Temecula police officials and the California Highway Patrol are investigating the accident.
What Causes Golf Cart Accidents?
Golf carts are a common means of transportation at numerous locations aside from golf courses. They are used at airports, college campuses, military bases and apartments. They may seem innocuous, but they can be deceptively dangerous. This is especially true when they are not being used correctly. Here are just a few of the most common reasons that golf cart accidents occur.
Operating a golf cart under the influence
Taking turns too sharply and flipping over
Rolling over down an embankment
Inattentiveness on the part of the driver
Driving over uneven terrain
It’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security while operating a golf cart. It’s important that drivers remain attentive and obey the rules of the road as they would with a car. If a golf cart operator is negligent and caused an accident they may face civil liability if anyone is injured or killed. A car accident attorney can investigate your case and let you know what your rights are.
Liability In Golf Cart Accidents
Golf cart drivers are expected to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner in order to avoid causing an accident. Far too often, drivers get distracted when they are driving and start using their cell phones. Speeding is also incredibly common as a number of people like to play with these machines and see how fast they can go. Victims of golf cart accidents or their family may be entitled to damages including lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.
A country club, airport or golf course may also face liability for an accident based on the doctrine of negligent entrustment. If a business allows a clearly intoxicated person to drive a golf cart they could face vicarious liability if that person crashes. According to the Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions, “[I]t is generally recognized that one who places or entrusts his [or her]motor vehicle in the hands of one whom he [or she] knows, or from the circumstances is charged with knowing, is incompetent or unfit to drive, may be held liable for an injury inflicted by the use made thereof by that driver,provided the plaintiff can establish that the injury complained of was proximately caused by the driver’s disqualiﬁcation, incompetency, inexperience or recklessness . . . .”
Getting Help From A Car Accident Attorney
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of the 77-year-old man that died in this golf cart accident. This should never have taken place. Anyone with knowledge about what happened should reach out to the California Highway Patrol as they continue their investigation.
If someone that you love has died in a golf cart accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help you. We’ve successfully resolved thousands of personal injury claims and will fight hard to make sure that you get justice after an accident. Whether you need help investigating an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re welcome to reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.
Renee Schiavone. Man Dies After Golf Cart Crash Near Temecula [UPDATED]. November 28, 2018.
Justia. CACI No. 724. Negligent Entrustment of Motor Vehicle. 2017