A woman is being charged for vehicular assault, driving under the influence and implied consent after her husband fell from a golf cart she was driving. Her husband hit his head on the golf course at Foxland Harbor near Old Hickory Lake and died from his head injury later that day.
Police reported they found open beer cans in the golf cart. An officer reported the driver smelled of alcohol, slurred her words and had bloodshot eyes while she was being questioned. The driver later admitted that she and her husband had consumed roughly 10 beers each.
Can You Receive a DUI Charge When Driving Golf Carts or Other Types of Low-Speed Vehicles?
This tragic incident begs the question of who can be held responsible for a drunk driving accident that causes injuries and the different types of vehicles this applies to. In Tennessee, drivers can receive a DWI or DUI for driving any type of motorized vehicle. Aside from cars and trucks, this includes:
- All-terrain vehicles (ATVs)
- A moped
- A motorcycle
- A tractor
- A lawnmower
- A boat
- A scooter
- And, of course, a golf cart
It is illegal for any person to drive or be in control of anything with a motor and wheels on public roads, highways, streets, alleys, premises of shopping centers, parks, apartment complexes, golf courses or pretty much any other public premises while drunk.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver in a low-speed vehicle, such as a golf cart, and you believe you have no case against them, you would be mistaken. This driver may be held responsible for medical expenses, lost wages and emotional trauma caused by the drunk driving accident. That said, it is important to contact a Tennessee personal injury attorney right away after an accident to determine your rights in the situation.
Stanley A. Davis is a Nashville personal injury attorney that helps victims injured in drunk driving accidents.
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