Golf Cart Accidents
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year there are approximately 15,000 golf cart injuries which require the attention of medical care at an emergency room. Of those injuries, 69 percent were head injuries, and about 60 percent of the head injuries involved children. Most golf cart accidents involve the ejection of a passenger, a roll-over of the golf cart, a collision with a motor vehicle, or the striking a stationary object. Because golf carts are light weight, and have a narrow wheel base, they are much more unstable than automobiles. This makes them prone to flip over with much less effort than heavier vehicles. People sometimes treat golf carts as toys, rather than vehicles, which is a big mistake. You might think that tipping over or crashing a golf cart can't harm you that much. Think again. Because golf carts often are missing safety belts, and are not completely enclosed, victims of golf cart accidents can receive serious injuries. Pedestrian and bicycle accidents can also happen if a golf cart driver is not careful. Those catastrophic injuries & fatalities include wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, amputation, and even burn injuries from leaking battery acid.
Since 1990, Georgia golf cart accidents have been on the increase. Golf carts are moving off the golf course and onto local roadways and are being used more frequently at airports, sporting events, colleges, and retirement communities, there has been a surge of golf cart related injuries since 1990.
If you have been involved in a serious golf cart accident, it is crucial for you to have a qualified attorney on your side. If the driver of the golf cart was operating the cart with improper care (such as texting while driving or drinking while driving), and injuries are sustained as a result of that negligence, you are entitled to compensation. Other types of negligence include improper driver training, improper driver age, or operating a golf cart under improper conditions such as at night, in unpermitted roadways, on hills or ice, or in rain or sand. Golf carts can also be considered defective products if they are not properly manufactured or maintained. And finally, golf cart accidents can fall under the umbrella of an unsafe property claim if the grounds on which a golf cart was intended to operate contained hazards not seen or expected by the golf cart operator, if the hazard was known by the golf course owner.Applying Our Experience
At The Law Office of Casey W. Stevens, we approach personal injury cases involving golf cart accidents with skill and experience while handling your case with respect and care. Having previously worked as defense counsel for insurance companies, we understand the strategies they engage to minimize responsibility. With this understanding, we are able to give our clients the edge they need to get the compensation they are entitled to.Contact Us to Help With Your Golf Cart Accident Injuries
If you or a loved one has been injured in a golf cart accident, please call us at 770-408-6364> for a free consultation. We'd be happy to meet you at our main office in Roswell / Alpharetta, Georgia, or in our Dawsonville, Cumming, Woodstock, Alpharetta or Atlanta, Georgia offices. If you are not able to come to us, we'd be happy to come to you. We will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
Be SAFE! - Rules for the safe operation of a golf cart:
- Make sure all occupants are seated inside the vehicle and are secured by safety belts.
- Apply all traffic laws, and be aware if golf carts are allowed to be operated on the roadways or on pathways in public or private areas.
- Don't drive recklessly. Golf carts are not toys.
- DO not drink or do narcotics and operate a golf cart. See #3 above.
- Do not be a distracted driver. Keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes ahead of you unless changing direction.
- Do not overload your golf cart. Carts have weight and passenger restrictions. Failure to follow them often leads to a golf cart flipping.
- Drivers and all passengers should keep all body parts inside the cart while vehicle is in motion unless you are signaling a turn.
- Use your hand signals even when you have an electronic turn signal because cart lights are often difficult to see in sunlight.
- Carefully turn and look behind golf cart before backing up.
- Avoid sharp turns and steep inclines and declines. These are the most common reasons for golf cart rollovers.
- When exiting the golf cart, set the emergency brake and take your keys with you.
- Be careful of wet and icy conditions that can reduce golf cart traction.
- Don't let kids and teens drive golf carts if illegal and/or without adult presence.
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