Golf Cart Accident Lawyer
Serving Ocala & The Villages
Golf Cart Accidents On the Rise in Florida
Don’t let their small sizedeceive you; golf carts can be dangerous. What starts out as a scoot around the neighborhood or golf course can turn into a traumatic event if an accident occurs.
Reaching speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and traveling as far as 40 miles on a single battery charge, golf carts are a quick and fuel-efficient way to get around.
Injuries related to golf cart accidents are becoming more common, and over half of the injuries associated with golf carts occur off the golf course. The Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that up to 15,000 people were injured in a golf cart accident last year alone.
If you or your loved one have been injured in a golf cart accident, having a skilled Ocala personal injury attorney on your side can give you the legal edge you need to receive appropriate compensation for injuries related to the accident.
Common Causes of Golf Cart Accidents
Golf cart accidents can occur because of human error, hazardous conditions, product defects or a combination of all. Some of the most common golf cart accidents include:
- Collisions with a motor vehicle
- Reckless or impaired driving/driving under the influence
- Hazardous conditions, including:
- sharp turns taken too quickly
- uneven pavement
- road drop-offs
- construction areas
- Negligence: distractions such as:
- reaching for objects
- children on the cart
- Single-vehicle collisions with an object
- Golf cart/pedestrian collision
- Underage driving (the legal age is 14 in the state of Florida)
Low Safety Standards Can Contribute to Injury
Typically, golf carts aren’t subject to federal regulations, and users don’t need a driver’s license to operate one. Many models lack the safety features or stability mechanisms typical of other vehicles, such as:
- seat belts
- turn signals
- closed side doors
- brake lights
They are smaller in mass, shorter in length, width, and wheelbase than passenger cars.
Serious fractures are common in golf cart accidents as the metal, plastic, or fiberglass roof lands on a person’s head, arms, or legs.
Do You Have Any of the Following Injuries?
- Broken bones and lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries, including herniated discs and pinched nerves
- Head and brain injuries
- Chronic pain
- Emotional impairment
If you are suffering from any of these injuries, contact Slonaker Law Firm to receive a free consultation today.
Medical costs associated with a Florida golf cart accident can be astronomical. Emergency medical care, surgeries, physical therapy and long-term medical care can place a significant financial burden on families.
Ronald Slonaker, an accident attorney with over 40 years of experience, will tirelessly fight for your potential right to the maximum amount of compensation and ensure that those whose negligence caused your injuries are held liable for their actions.
The Slonaker Law Firm’s clients are confident in the firm’s ability to fight for the best outcome and allow you to overcome the injuries and emotional damage caused by a Florida golf cart accident.
Golf Cart Injury Lawsuit Factors
In an injury or wrongful death suit resulting from a golf-cart incident, court proceedings will depend on numerous factors, including:
- Who was driving? The driver is likely to be liable for any injuries involved in an accident. In some cases, if the driver was a child or teenager incapable of using the golf cart safely, a parent or guardian may be at fault. Similarly, if the driver is a golf course employee, the golf course itself may be at fault. If you were the driver, look to your Homeowners’ policy or Personal Auto policy for protection.
- Who owns the cart? The golf course, country club, or individual who owns the golf cart may be liable for failing to properly maintain it.
- Who owns the property where the accident occurred? There are potential premises liability claims where management or ownership (like a condominium association that has jurisdiction over a gated community) was negligent in failing to use reasonable care in connection with the property.
- Were alcohol and/or drugs involved? When an intoxicated golf cart driver gets into an accident, the person who served the alcohol could be held liable.
Of course these are just a few factors, and every golf cart injury case is unique.
Slonaker Law Firm will evaluate the details of your case and determine what can be done in a fight for compensation. Our firm offers a free case evaluation and can provide you with the counsel and guidance you need.