This is a popular time of year for people to flock to Myrtle Beach. Because there could be a variety of different people utilizing the roadways in a variety of different -- and legal -- ways, drivers must remain vigilant at all times in addition to obeying a traffic laws to prevent car accidents. Unfortunately, one woman -- likely vacationing in the area -- has lost her life after the golf cart she was riding in was struck by a motor vehicle.
The vehicle that allegedly struck the golf cart is said to have been driven by a woman one evening on a day in late July. Police claim that the driver attempted to pass a van on the left. When she did so, she reportedly ran off the left side of the road, striking several garbage cans and recycling bins before re-entering the road.
Once she passed the van, police say she struck the rear of a golf cart, pushing the cart for approximately 60 feet. A 65-year-old passenger was ejected from the cart and passed away. A second occupant was transported to the hospital where he is considered in critical condition. Police do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash, but the driver of the car now faces a homicide charge.
The family of the deceased woman may be looking for justice following the unexpected, preventable death of their loved one in Myrtle Beach. While prosecutors will seek justice through the criminal justice system, the family members of the deceased can also do so through the civil court. Many families who lose loved ones in car accidents caused by another's negligence choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If successfully presented, they could receive an award of damages to ensure a negligent driver is held accountable for his or her actions while also receiving help with the financial burdens -- including funeral expenses -- created by their loss.
Source: myfox8.com, "Woman charged in North Myrtle Beach golf cart crash that killed Greensboro woman", Aug. 1, 2017