Golf cart driver dies in collision on Highway 28
The driver of a golf cart in Tahoe City traveling along Highway 28 westbound was struck in a rear-end crash by a motor vehicle and killed on July 26. The crash involved a downtown Tahoe City association golf cart near the Grove Street exit near the golf course, which was driven by a Kings Beach man, identified as being in his 50s. The rear-end collision of the golf cart caused the man to be ejected, resulting in fatal injuries.
Driver in rear-end crash says he didn’t see golf cart
According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) incident report, the vehicle behind the golf cart was a Honda, and the driver would not have noticed it. The collision with the rear of the golf cart occurred at an undetermined speed, according to the CHP. Although a crash investigation is ongoing, officials say neither alcohol nor drugs appear to have been a factor in the fatal crash.
Liability in the event of a rear collision
Under California Vehicle Code Section 21703 VC, drivers must keep clear of those in front of them to avoid a crash if the vehicle in front suddenly slows or stops. Generally, a driver who is tailgating and causes a collision will be at fault. Additionally, the negligent rear driver may have been drinking, distracted, or acting recklessly, which could lead to an accident.
Are golf carts allowed on public roads?
In some cases they are. It is not uncommon for a person in a golf cart to drive down a public road with a reduced speed limit in areas around the courses where they are playing. Low-speed vehicles in California, such as golf carts, are permitted on streets where the speed limit is 35 mph or less. However, riders do not fare well in an accident because golf carts are not equipped with seat belts.
Filing a wrongful death claim following a golf cart death
If the other party who hit the golf cart was responsible for the accident, they could be held financially responsible if the family of the deceased chooses to file a lawsuit wrongful death claim. A personal injury attorney can investigate the accident from behind to gather the necessary evidence to support a wrongful death claim. Recovering damages won’t ease the family’s grief, but can help them move forward without financial stress. Family members who can band together to file a wrongful death claim are:
- The spouse or putative spouse of the deceased
- All natural or adopted children and stepchildren who received at least half of their support from the deceased
South Lake Tahoe Personal Injury Lawyer
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