Speed Blamed in Tiger Woods California Car Accident
The mystery surrounding a serious car accident in L.A. that left golf superstar Tiger Woods with significant injuries has been resolved.
Woods was speeding when his sport utility vehicle hit a tree in the single-car crash, ESPN reports. The golfer was going roughly 84 miles per hour in an area where the maximum speed limit is 45 mph.
The news comes after the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office had initially stayed silent about the cause of the February crash. That had led to speculation about whether negligent driving, defects in his Genesis GV80 or other factors were at play in the collision.
The lack of detail surrounding the accident and investigation led to criticism that County Sheriff Alex Villanueva was trying to protect the popular sports figure. Villanueva vaguely cited “privacy issues” for the delay in releasing the information.
Meanwhile, Woods is lucky to be alive.
“Tiger Woods was driving a GV80 in Rolling Hills Estates, a high-end community that sits on the Palos Verdes peninsula west of downtown Los Angeles,” Jalopnik’s Lawrence Hodge explains. “Woods lost control of the vehicle, ran off the road and the SUV flipped on its side. Woods incurred injuries that resulted in multiple surgeries, and he’s still recovering.”
How Vehicle Defects Put People at Risk
While excessive speed was to blame in Woods’ recent accident, a wide range of vehicle defects also put people’s safety at risk every day.
Luxury carmaker Genesis, for example, recently recalled certain GV80s over possible fuel leaks that could cause the cars to go up in flames with little or no warning.
The company is not alone: Auto manufacturers recall millions of cars around the world each year, citing a full spectrum of defects that could prove disastrous and even fatal on the road.
For car owners and lessors in California, you have some valuable rights and protections under the state lemon law. The Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car manufacturers to perform various repairs to vehicles while they are under warranty. It also obligates the company to buy back or replace vehicles that the manufacturer cannot or will not fix.
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