Rachel Albee Sonoma Raceway: Rachel Albee of Carson City, Nevada Injured In DUI Golf Cart Accident At Sonoma Raceway In Lot D Parking Lot
SONOMA, CALIFORNIA (June 25, 2019) – A woman identified as Rachel Albee was injured in a golf cart accident at the Sonoma Raceway in Lot D of the parking lot.
Sonoma police are saying that the accident took place around 5:20 p.m. A 41-year-old woman in a golf cart made an unsafe turn and hit Rachel Albee.
Police are saying that Rachel Albee had be airlifted to the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in order to undergo treatment. Meanwhile the driver of the golf cart was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
An investigation into the golf cart accident at the Sonoma Raceway that injured Rachel Albee remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Golf Cart Accidents
It has been estimated that nearly 150,000 people have been injured in golf car accidents in the United States from 1990 to 2006. That averages out to about 15,000 people every year. There are a number of reasons why accidents happen. Golf carts are top heavy and capable of making sharp turns. This increases the likelihood of rollover accidents. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be numerous sources of liability for a golf cart accident.
For example, a driver could be negligent for an accident if they made an unsafe turning movement or were intoxicated. According to California Vehicle Code 23152, “(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.”
Drinking while using a golf cart is actually fairly common. But as far as the law is concerned, it is not different than operating a car while under the influence. Depending on certain facts, liability may extend beyond a driver. For example, a property owner may face civil liability for an accident if it was caused by a defect on their premises. Parking lots can be notoriously dangerous. A property owner may also be liable for a golf cart accident based on the doctrine of negligent entrustment.
If, for example, a business gave an obviously intoxicated person a golf cart and they cause an accident they could be held liable. These types of cases can be extremely difficult and are not always straightforward. It’s best to have your case examined free of cost by an experienced car accident attorney. Any person that is injured in a golf cart accident could be entitled to damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.
Getting Help After A Golf Cart Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Rachel Albee as she continues to recover from this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened at the Sonoma Raceway should reach out to the police. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to make this parking lot safer.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a golf cart accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply about making sure that accident victims get all of the medical and financial support that they need to recover. In fact, we’ve successfully resolved thousands of personal injury claims. Whether you need more information about an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.