Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 9, 2017 – A golf cart incident claimed the life of an eight-year-old boy in Thomasville, Georgia, which is located 34 miles northeast of Tallahassee, Florida. When the child ran into the path of the golf cart, he was hit by the vehicle, which caused him to fall to the ground. He was run over by the golf cart and, as a result, he suffered a serious head injury. There were four children in the golf cart, and the operator was only 11 years old.
The boy was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where he died the next morning. As reported in the Thomasville Times-Enterprise, according to Sgt 1st Class Tommy Peeples, Thomasville Post 12 Georgia State patrol commander, they boy’s death was confirmed by the Leon County medical examiner’s office.
Prominent South Florida personal injury attorneys at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers stated, “Golf carts, which are common in several Florida neighborhoods, can be very dangerous for children. If your child suffered a severe injury as a result of a golf cart accident, call a personal injury attorney.”
The boy was a student in the second grade at Jerger Elementary School. On the morning of his death, the superintendent of the Thomasville City School System, Sabrina Boykins-Everett, requested a moment of silence in his memory at the Rose City Readers Early Learning Literacy Summit.
Some of the principal causes of injury in golf cart incidents include:
· The golf cart overturning
· Falling or jumping from a golf cart that is in motion
· Crashing into a stationary object
· Being struck or run over by a golf cart
· Sustaining an injury while boarding or exiting a golf cart
· Injury to a limb sticking out of a golf cart
Under Florida law, the operator of a golf cart must be a minimum of 14 years of age. The driver is also required to be knowledgeable of the rules of the road. Under Georgia law, a driver of a golf cart must be at least 16 years of age.
Due to their great potential for causing injury, Florida law defines a golf cart as a dangerous instrumentality. This means that they are hazardous if the operator fails to exercise caution. If someone suffers an injury due to the driver’s negligence in using a golf cart, the owner is strictly liable. Thus, the parents of the child who was negligent in operating the golf cart could face civil and criminal charges.
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