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Golf carts have become increasingly popular in warm-weather climates not only as a way to get around a beautiful golf course, but also as a mode of transportation through residential communities and other roadways. In fact, Texas Law now allows golf carts to be driven on most public roads as long as they conform to specific guidelines. Unfortunately, however, with increased usage, the number of San Antonio golf cart accidents is on the rise.
Despite their small size, golf carts can cause significant damage and injury. If you’ve been harmed in a golf cart accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking financial compensation. Contact a knowledgeable golf cart accident attorney for help putting together a successful claim.
Many factors may lead to a golf cart accident. If you are unsure whether legal action is warranted, you may hesitate to file a claim. However, it is important to take action as soon as possible in order to provide your best chance at success. Below are several examples where negligence likely had a hand in your accident.
If any of the following apply to your golf cart accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit:
Whether you were the driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian, you may be able to file a personal injury claim.
Establishing liability is a vital part of filing any personal injury claim. In a personal injury case, the plaintiff must prove that the person or entity they have filed a claim against should be held accountable for their injuries.
There are many factors to consider when determining who may be at fault for a golf cart accident, including the following:
Multiple parties may have caused or contributed to your accident. As a result, you may be entitled to compensation from various parties for your injuries and any other losses you have sustained. This may include an individual driver, a seller, or a manufacturer.
Texas uses a form of comparative negligence known as proportionate liability. If the plaintiff is determined to be partly responsible for their injury, the court may reduce their damages award. However, you will still be able to recover as long as you are less than 50% at fault.
Golf carts, like off-road and neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs), are categorized as unique vehicles by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV). As unique vehicles, golf carts are subject to several specific regulations.
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) defines a golf cart as a motor vehicle manufactured to be utilized on a golf course. Mirrors, a parking brake, reflectors, headlamps, and taillamps are necessities for golf carts.
Golf carts are eligible for their own license plate even though they are neither titled nor registered by the TxDMV. When a golf cart has a golf cart license plate, the following situations are permitted:
A golf cart’s license plate must always be visible when utilized on a city or county-approved route. The speed limit throughout the road must also be 35 mph. A golf cart must display the slow-moving vehicle symbol whenever it is operated on the road at 25 mph or less.
Since every case is different, it’s important to remember that your total losses attributed to the accident will determine how much compensation you are entitled to receive for your golf cart accident claim. This amount could also account for the emotional impact experiencing the accident has left on you.
You may be entitled to damages in golf cart-related personal injury cases for a range of losses, including the following:
Golf cart collisions are less common than auto incidents, making many accident victims unfamiliar with how to address them. You may feel overwhelmed with paperwork, negotiations, communications, and expenses. Additionally, since golf cart accidents are unique from other kinds of accidents, filing a successful claim requires an in-depth understanding of the relevant laws.
Contact Hilliard Martinez Gonzales if you’ve sustained injuries in a serious golf cart accident lawsuit. At HMG, our personal injury lawyers have been helping accident victims since 1986. We know how to fight for you. Call us at 1-800-334-3298 or fill out our contact form. If we take your case, we will work on a Contingent Fee basis, which means you don’t pay us unless we win.
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