The Villages Golf Cart Rules and Injuries
Golf carts serve as a convenient way to not only play nine or 18 holes of golf on a hot summer day, but also to get around in one’s community. In fact, here in Florida, and within The Villages in particular, golf carts are regularly used for commuting short distances, and are allowed on public streets. The Villages has an extensive golf-cart-specific path network with over 90 miles of paved paths, according to Villages News. The downside of using a golf cart is their lack of safety design and crash protection technology. Golf carts do not have seat belts, roll cages, or airbags. As such, severe injuries and even death can and regularly occur in incidents involving single-vehicle golf cart collisions, as well as collisions involving motor vehicles. If you were injured in a golf cart collision, call an attorney today for help.
Public Roads and Golf Cart Rules
Speed limits and other rules are generally well marked at golf clubs and on golf cart paths, and these must be obeyed. However, the rules of public roads, when it comes to golf carts, are usually less understood. In counties and cities where golf carts are allowed to operate on public roads, the following rules under Florida statutes 316.212 and 316.2126 must be obeyed:
- The minimum age to operate a golf cart is 14 years old, but only on low speed roads and only if the top speed of the golf cart is under 20 miles per hour;
- Drivers operating a golf cart on a public road with a speed limit above 20 miles per hour, or driving a golf cart with a maximum speed between 20 and 25 miles per hour, must have a valid driver’s license (and be 16 or older);
- Golf carts can only be operated from sunrise to sunset unless a municipality has granted night driving rights to golf carts with front and rear lights;
- Golf carts can only be driven on public residential roads with speed limits of 35 miles per hour or less;
- Golf carts can be driven on public state roads with speed limits of 30 miles per hour or less;
- Golf carts are allowed to cross state highways and state roads with various conditions;
- Golf carts can be operated on sidewalks adjacent to state highways only when the sidewalk is five feet wide or wider (and must give right of way to pedestrians).
Call a Villages Golf Cart Injury Attorney Today
Close to 150,000 golf cart injury patients are treated in emergency department visits annually, according to research published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Injuries range from broken limbs, fractured skulls, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injuries, to whiplash, lacerations, and other soft tissue injuries such as torn ligaments and contusions. If you are the victim of a golf cart injury crash, whether you or someone else was driving the cart, you need legal representation to cover the costs of your injuries and other damages. Call The Villages personal injury lawyers at the Glover Law Firm today at 352-205-4495 to schedule a free consultation.