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Golf carts are a fun and convenient way to traverse a golf course, but even with their small size, they can cause a sizable amount of damage. Each year, thousands of people suffer injuries in golf cart accidents.
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America estimates that there are currently more than 16,000 golf courses in the United States, covering an area of more than 2.2 million acres. With abundant sunshine and warm temperatures, the weather in Texas is perfect all year round for playing golf. Unfortunately, there is always the risk of injury with good weather and fun activities.
As a victim, you may have the right to file a lawsuit and receive financial compensation for losses resulting from the accident, like lost earnings and medical costs. An experienced Corpus Christi golf cart accident lawyer can help you file a successful claim.
Golf cart accidents are much different than any other type of vehicle accident. Unlike cars or trucks, golf carts usually don’t have doors, seat belts, mirrors, or lights. Unlike motorcycles, drivers and passengers hardly ever wear helmets or other protective gear in golf carts. Due to their relatively light weight and small tires, golf carts are also more susceptible to rolling over and ejecting their passengers in an accident.
In essence, golf carts are dangerous due to their design and the fact that they are often operated by individuals who lack safety training. Golf cart injuries can be as severe as or even worse than those from car accidents.
Depending on your circumstances, you might suffer any of the following serious injuries:
According to a study on golf cart-related injuries in the U.S. published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, approximately 150,000 wounded people were treated in emergency rooms in the United States for golf cart accidents between 1990 and 2006. The study’s researchers discovered that minors under 16 years old made up around 30% of the injuries. Additionally, soft tissue injuries like lacerations, cuts, and bruises affected 50% of patients, and 40% of injuries were from falling from golf carts.
While you are entitled to pursue compensation for your injuries, it isn’t always easy. An experienced golf cart accident lawyer may be able to assist you in recovering the cost of current or future care you may need for your golf cart accident injuries.
Determining liability is a crucial aspect of filing any personal injury claim. The plaintiff in a personal injury claim bears the burden of proving the party they have filed a claim against is the one who should be held liable for their injuries.
There are several factors to consider when determining who could be liable for a golf cart accident, such as:
You may be able to pursue compensation from several potential parties. The maker and seller of the golf cart, a careless driver, and other third parties may be held accountable for your injuries. A property owner can also be held accountable if the accident occurred because they failed to resolve any known issues related to the golf carts on their premises, such as a lack of adequate braking capabilities.
The usage of golf carts on public roads in Corpus Christi is regulated by Texas legislation. Golf carts, off-road vehicles, and neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) are all deemed unique vehicles by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV). TxDMV defines a golf cart as a motor vehicle specifically created by the manufacturer for use on a golf course.
Golf carts are required to include mirrors, a parking brake, reflectors, headlamps, and taillamps. They are not titled or registered by TxDMV. However, they are eligible for a golf cart license plate.
You may drive golf carts with a golf cart license plate on public roads in areas such as:
In addition, cities and some counties may permit the use of golf carts on roadways inside their city limits or in some counties’ unincorporated districts. Whenever a golf cart is used on a route that the city or county has approved, the license plate must be clearly visible, and the route must have a 35 mph maximum speed limit. A golf cart is obliged to carry a slow-moving vehicle symbol when driven on the roadways at a speed of 25 mph or less.
Every case is different, and it can be tricky to calculate how much your case is worth. An important thing to consider is that your golf cart accident claim value will depend on the dollar value of the losses you have experienced. Your awarded compensation should reflect your total damages.
You may be able to seek several forms of compensation in personal injury cases involving golf carts, including:
Going through paperwork, gathering evidence, and building a solid case can be long and arduous, especially if you are unfamiliar with golf cart accidents and personal injury law. Our golf cart accident attorneys in Corpus Christi will determine who is at fault to hold the party responsible for your golf cart accident accountable.
Compared to car accidents, golf cart accidents are rarely expected and often underestimated. Following a golf cart accident, you can find yourself suddenly swamped with tasks like getting medical treatment, negotiating with your insurance company, and filing claims. Also, due to the distinct nature of golf cart accidents, filing a successful claim requires understanding the specific laws relevant to them.
Contact Hilliard Martinez Gonzales if you or a loved one has been injured in a golf cart accident. HMG has successfully represented clients in the US and Mexico since 1986, and our legal team includes award-winning personal injury lawyers who have been recognized for their skills. Schedule a free consultation by filling out our contact form or calling 1-800-334-3298.
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