Accident Involving Marco Rubio’s Daughter Highlights Golf Car Risks

by Carmen Dellutri on November 13, 2012

Fort Myers accident lawyerFlorida Sen. Marco Rubio was out campaigning with Mitt Romney when he got the call all parents dread—his 12-year-old daughter had been in an accident. She was riding in a golf cart at a friend’s house when she suffered a head injury.

Thankfully, she has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. However, the accident highlights the dangers of golf carts. Many often forget that these moving vehicles, which can reach speeds of 20 mph, also pose risks if not operated safely.

As we previously discussed on this Florida personal injury blog, golf cart accidents are also more common than many might think. A recent report in the Journal of Preventive Medicine found that injuries rose 132 percent from 1990 to 2006. Nearly 150,000 people were injured in golf cart accidents from either falling off or being run over during that timeframe.

Children are also a greater risk for injury, accounting for nearly one-third of golf cart injuries. Of those, 50 percent of the injuries were related to falling or jumping from a golf cart or the cart overturning. Children were at highest risk for falls, and a fall was twice as likely to cause a head or neck injury.

Given the risks associated with golf carts, we urge our readers to treat these vehicles like they would a car or truck. That means obeying speed limits, following the rules of the road, and avoiding drugs and alcohol when behind the wheel.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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