Tiger Woods’ car accident has been the main headline of the day. Early in the morning, Tiger Woods’ car accident happened right in the driveway of his exclusive Florida home. At first, headlines indicated that Tiger Woods was “seriously injured” after a car accident. However, as reports came in it was revealed that Woods suffered facial lacerations and was treated and released from the hospital. The “major car accident” turned out to be a not-so-serious accident.
Part of the reason for the mix-up is the fact that Florida Troopers classify injuries as “serious” if they require more than minor medical treatment. Tiger Woods had facial lacerations that most likely needed stitches and that was the “serious” accident.
I know I wondered how serious the Tiger Woods car accident was when I heard that the golfer’s Cadillac Escalade’s airbags didn’t deploy and that he was traveling under 33 mph. His car was the only one involved in the accident.
The Florida Troopers have indicated that charges are pending as a result of the Tiger Woods accident, although they also state that alcohol was not a factor in the accident. One has to wonder what type of charges will be filed if alcohol was not involved.
One thing about the Tiger Woods car accident that I really don’t understand are reports that indicate that his wife smashed a window with a golf club to “free” her husband from the SUV. Tiger Woods was reportedly unconscious for six minutes and it is not certain whether or not he had his seat belt on at the time of the accident. When police arrived at the scene, he was outside his vehicle.
Tiger Woods’s life has been a little tumultuous in the past couple of weeks. Reports surfaced and a woman claimed that she was having an affair with the golf pro. However, the woman’s credibility is questionable, as Woods isn’t the first celebrity she has claimed to have had an affair with. Woods’ lawyers deny that their client is having an affair with the woman, although they do acknowledge that the golf pro did meet her at a club.
The Tiger Woods car accident is another example of how the media make things look worse than they really are. At first, I thought that Tiger Woods was inches away from death, and in the hospital in serious condition. However, after the Tiger Woods car accident, the golf pro was treated and released from the hospital. His injuries were not life threatening.
Orlando Sentinel: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-bk-tiger-woods-accident,0,1369881.story