Suit filed two years after woman gets hit by golf cart

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Monday, September 17, 2012

On Sept. 18, 2010, a woman was struck by a golf cart at the State Fair in New Mexico. She was walking with her disabled brother while leaving the grounds when a worker behind the wheel of an eight-passenger, gas-powered cart struck her. According to police records, the driver has been convicted of three DWIs and has nearly two dozen offenses on record since 1997.

The pedestrian accident left the woman bleeding profusely and with a broken pelvis. Her head smashed into the ground and, according to reports, she believed she was dying. The woman survived the crash and the couple recently filed a lawsuit against the State Fair, the State Fair Commission, Expo New Mexico and the driver of the golf cart.

After the crash, the driver was charged with reckless driving, driving on a revoked license and failing to register for DWI school - he had been convicted of his most recent DWI in 2008. According to reports though, police did not detect any alcohol on the man's breath at the time of the accident. He did admit that he should not have been driving on a suspended license though.

When the crash occurred, the victim's husband was buying turkey legs for their children. A phone call was made to his cell phone, informing him of the crash. He rushed to the scene to find his wife lying in a puddle of her own blood. All of this information was found in the suit.

In addition, the suit alleges that three defending parties, excluding the driver, were negligent and failed to maintain and operate the grounds in a safe way. The suit adds that the groups breached their duties when hiring, training and supervising the driver. According to a spokesperson with the State Fair, approximately 500 seasonal employees are hired for each fair. Each of them are given background checks and any that have DWI convictions are not allowed to drive.

According to that spokesperson, this one must have slipped through the cracks.

Source: ABQ Journal, "Woman Hit By Golf Cart Files Suit," Patrick Lohmann, Sept. 8, 2012