Golfer Bart Bryant Killed In Car Accident
Rear-end accidents are very common, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be deadly. A recent crash in Florida left a popular golfer dead.
Bart Bryant, a three-time PGA Tour winner, was killed on the afternoon of May 31 after his vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck. The fatal accident occurred in Polk City at the intersection of State Road 33 and Flanders Station Drive.
Bryant, 59, was stopped in the southbound lane of State Route 33 due to road construction. That was when a pickup truck failed to slow down and rear-ended his SUV. Bryant was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. His wife, 49, was a passenger in the car. She was also taken to the hospital, but she suffered minor injuries. The driver of the pickup truck, a 21-year-old man, was not injured in the crash.
Bryant lived nearby, in Auburndale. The highlight of his career was in 2005, when he beat Tiger Woods to earn the biggest paycheck of his golf career. The PGA Tour is saddened by the news, as Bryant had been a part of the organization for more than four decades. The crash is under investigation.
What Happens During a Rear-End Accident?
Rear-end crashes are the most common type of car accident, accounting for more than 1 million crashes in the United States every year. A rear-end accident occurs when a vehicle is hit from behind by the front of another vehicle. Damages and injuries can vary widely, depending on the speed of the vehicles at the time of the crash, as well as the types of vehicles involved and road conditions.
There are several ways in which a rear-end accident can occur:
- The rear driver slowly rolled forward into the front driver’s car.
- The at-fault driver was speeding when they crashed into a vehicle that was completely stopped.
- The driver in the rear was traveling faster than the driver in front and the two vehicles collided while both in motion.
The second situation happened to Bryant. He was completely stopped at the time for road construction and the driver behind him was completely unaware. This situation and the third one are typically the most devastating. When a vehicle is moving quickly and it collides with a slower or stopped vehicle, there is often significant force involved. This is especially true if the vehicle in the rear is much larger than the vehicle in front.
In any case, a rear-end accident can be disastrous. A severe impact can cause a vehicle to roll over or run off the road.
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Car accidents can be catastrophic and even deadly. Even a common crash such as a rear-end accident can result in fatal injuries if the impact is severe enough.
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