Husband Arrested in Fatal Florida Golf Cart Accident

by Carmen Dellutri on September 16, 2011

Cape Coral personal injury attorneyIn Florida, golf carts are not confined to the golf course, but are frequently used as personal transportation in many communities. Therefore, it is important for golf cart drivers and passengers to understand how to prevent a tragic accident.

In a recent Florida golf cart accident, 66-year-old Marilyn McCafferty was killed after being thrown from a speeding golf cart, with her husband behind the wheel. According to the incident report, the couple had been drinking earlier that evening, and Kenneth McCafferty’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

The report shows witnesses also told deputies speed might have been a factor stating McCafferty didn't stop at the stop sign and was driving faster than the 15-mile-per-hour speed limit. He has since been arrested and is being held in the Lee County Jail on $125,000 bond.

Unfortunately, gold cart accidents are far too common in Florida and across the county. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), there are approximately 15,000 golf cart related injuries requiring emergency room treatment in the US each year.

Based on CPSC statistics, roughly 40% of golf car accidents involve a person falling out of the car, and many of these accidents involve young children. These types of accidents are particularly dangerous because they can lead to serious head injuries.

In addition to ejection accidents, approximately 10% of golf car accidents involve a rollover. Moreover, statistics indicate that such accidents are roughly twice as likely to lead to injuries requiring a hospital stay as non-rollover accidents.

Given the high risk for serious injury, it is important to operate a golf cart using the same level of care that you would give your car. This means obeying the speed limit, following traffic laws, and not getting behind the wheel if you have been drinking. Following these simple rules could save a life.

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 Florida golf cart accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

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


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