As the game of golf continues to increase in popularity, so does the proliferation of golf carts. Golf carts are seen most commonly on golf courses and golf communities. While golf carts are generally smaller and slower than cars, they still carry certain dangers and risks of injury. Unlike cars, golf carts do not have seatbelts, airbags or other protective equipment built into the vehicle. Most individuals have no safety equipment when an accident occurs and may suffer serious harm under the wrong circumstances.
Some golf cart accidents occur due to poor weather or uneven terrain. However, other times, another individual’s negligence and carelessness can cause a collision or other accident in which someone is ejected from the cart or otherwise seriously injured. You have the right to seek legal action if you suffer severe injuries because of another person’s negligent behavior. Our lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC have 60+ years of combined experience protecting New Yorkers’ rights. We have the tools and knowledge to provide you with legal representation you can trust.
While golf carts are designed for grassy surfaces and low speeds, these vehicles are still dangerous when misused. There are many ways a person may suffer severe injuries in a golf cart accident, including:
The carrying capacity of a golf cart ranges from 450 to 800 pounds. Golf carts also have a designated number of people that can ride in the vehicle. Overloaded golf carts may limit the vehicle’s ability to turn or move up hills, causing the cart to tip over. When an individual or group of people ignore these limits, they put themselves and others at risk of severe injuries.
Golf carts are meant for traveling around golf courses and grassy areas. Most communities with golf carts have lanes and trails designated for golf carts. If an individual chooses to use a golf cart in an area not designated for these vehicles, they may cause an accident. Not coming to a complete stop at stop signs and driving outside designated golf cart lanes are a few examples of ways in which a driver may act negligently in a golf cart.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious offense, regardless of the type of vehicle a person is operating. If an individual harms you while operating their golf cart under the influence of inhibitors, you may seek legal action for their dangerous behavior. Due to the symptoms of alcohol and drug use, accidents may inflict life-threatening harm.
Distracted driving is responsible for numerous motor vehicle accidents, including golf cart accidents. Texting, using a phone for other reasons and looking at the vehicle dashboard are ways a driver can become distracted while driving. Any action that takes the driver’s eyes and mind away from the road is considered distracted driving.
If a person fails to operate a golf cart properly or causes an injury to someone using a golf cart, they can face legal consequences. Contact a golf cart injury attorney as soon as possible, so you can begin the process of filing a claim against the negligent party.
The severity of a golf cart accident depends on several factors, including the type and speed of other involved vehicles, as well as the area of impact and location of the accident. While some accidents may only cause minor scratches, others can inflict debilitating injuries. Some common injuries a person may suffer from in a golf cart accident include:
In addition to the injuries, including possible surgeries, hospital bills, treatment costs, lost income, and other financial losses may restrict your ability to fully recover from an accident. With a golf cart accident lawyer, you will have someone by your side throughout the medical and legal claim process. They will provide you with knowledge and legal strategies to significantly help your claim.
The legal process of a personal injury claim can come with unexpected problems and challenges. An experienced personal injury lawyer has a collection of resources and tools to gather everything needed for a successful case, including:
The earlier in the process you speak with an experienced attorney, the more time they have to gather information and guide you through the challenging parts of a legal claim. Evidence and documentation are easier to collect closer to the accident’s date. The more time that passes without legal representation, the more challenging it may be to find the necessary evidence to prove the other party’s fault.
Golf Cart accidents are somewhat different from other motor vehicle crashes. Filing an injury claim may feel challenging without experience and knowledge of the claim’s necessary procedures and documentation. Lever & Ecker, PLLC golf cart accident lawyers will determine the best possible options for your claim and guide you through the process.
With over 65 years of combined experience, our award-winning attorneys will provide our clients with honest legal advice and guidance. Our extensive network of connections and resources allows our team to provide the best possible outcome for your claim.
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