Golf Cart Accidents. How Often Do They Occur?
Traditionally, golf carts are to be used within the golf course to allow for transporting golf gear and players. However, their use outside of the golf course is becoming more common. With approximately 50,000 golf carts roaming its roads, many accidents involving these vehicles occur in The Villages. One of the latest accidents of this nature, reported in July 2020, resulted in the death of a 79-year-old individual driving a golf cart that collided with an SUV. In another incident earlier this year, a golf cart driver was admitted in the hospital to be treated for injuries suffered in a collision with another motor vehicle.
While golf carts may not traditionally be seen as dangerous, they are considered a “dangerous instrumentality”. A dangerous instrumentality is any instrument that is hazardous by its nature and has the potential of causing harm when used carelessly. In Florida, this includes golf carts just like any other motor vehicle.
Many accidents involving these vehicles are fatal with the driver or an occupant of the cart losing their lives. Many of these accidents have been fatal with thousands requiring emergency attention and some individuals involved, often the driver or an occupant of the cart, losing their lives.
The Villages Department of Safety reported 86 golf cart-related accidents in 2018 with most of these involving injuries. Many of these accidents involve a passenger or the driver jumping off or being ejected from the vehicle due to a tip over or a collision with another vehicle.
What makes golf carts so dangerous?
While some of the dangers of golf carts do not necessarily arise from the vehicle itself but from the lack of regulation, it is also true that most golf carts do not include safety features sufficient to prevent fatal injuries in case of an accident. For example:
- Golf carts are not subject to federal regulation;
- A person does not need to have a driver’s license to operate them, which allows for minor and inexperienced drivers to have access to them.
- Golf carts do not regularly have seatbelts installed
- Consumption of alcohol while operating a golf cart
What type of injuries do these accidents cause?
Being involved in a golf cart-related accident can cause injuries ranging from minor to fatal. An accident of this type can cause:
- soft tissue damage,
- brain damage, and
What can a victim recover?
Depending on the degree of the injuries suffered and the evaluation of the case by the court, an individual who was injured in a golf cart could recover:
- Economic damages
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
A The Villages personal injury lawyer with experience in advocating for golf cart accident victims can guide you through the process of recovering your damages. If you have suffered injuries as a result of an accident involving a golf cart, contact us at the Glover Law Firm today.