Florida Golf Cart Accidents
There are large areas of Florida, especially in gated or planned communities, where motor vehicles are not allowed to operate. Many times, people rely on golf carts to get around. The carts can be small or large, depending on the type of vehicle that is being operated.
While golf carts are relatively safe, they can become involved in an accident. In fact, 147,696 golf cart injuries have occurred over the last 15 years. And these are not always minor accidents without injuries. Children are injured nearly a third of the time, and ten percent of these accidents are rollovers, where people can sustain serious injuries.
Golf carts do not have seat belts, so people are usually thrown from a vehicle in a rollover accident. In The Villages, a private community in Florida, there were 12 golf cart-related deaths in recent years.
A golf cart accident can also involve a pedestrian or a motor vehicle. Golf carts are becoming more powerful, so more and more often they are being operated on regular streets. But they don’t have the safety features of a passenger vehicle.
The passenger is most likely person to be injured in a golf cart accident. They are often ejected when the golf cart is making a left turn. The person does not have anything to hold on to and the force of the turn is greater than expected. Many times, alcohol is involved in a golf cart accident.
Knowing Your Legal Rights
It can be difficult to determine who is at fault in a golf cart accident. That is why you need a Florida personal injury lawyer. The industry is highly unregulated and law enforcement officials to do require accident reports after a golf cart accident. In many cases, the owner of the golf cart does not have insurance on the vehicle.
If you have been injured in a Florida golf cart accident, you need someone who can fight for your rights. Contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).
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