At first glance, golf carts seem innocent-looking. After all, most only go 15 miles an hour, and the legal operation limit is 14. However, these low-speed vehicles can cause serious collisions.
If you or someone you loved suffered harm in an accident involving a golf cart, Bogin, Munns & Munns could represent you. We’re eager to recover compensation for your medical bills and other injury-related losses.
We understand these cases can get complicated. Yet, with a golf cart accident attorney in Palm Coast, FL, you can breathe easily.
We Help Golf Cart Accident Claimants in Flagler County, FL
Our team provides legal aid to golf cart accident claimants who:
- Suffered harm while riding in or operating a golf cart
- Suffered harm as a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorist
- Lost a loved one
You have legal rights under Florida law. We’re ready to recover compensation for what you need and deserve.
To consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer serving Palm Coast, call 855-780-9986
Why Work With Our Florida Law Firm on Your Golf Cart Accident Case?
Golf cart accidents are different from collisions between passenger vehicles. Here are two reasons why:
You Don’t Have to be Licensed to Operate a Golf Cart
Per the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, teenagers can operate these vehicles without a license or learner’s permit. So, if you suffered harm in an accident caused by a teenager, you generally pursue compensation from their parents—and not them.
Florida Doesn’t Require Golf Cart Insurance
Florida requires passenger vehicle operators to carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage and liability insurance. Golf carts are exempt from this requirement. This means filing an insurance claim might not be an option if a golf cart hits you. You might have to file a lawsuit directly against the at-fault party.
Don’t let these factors dissuade you from seeking compensation. Our attorneys in Palm Coast, FL, can address all of your golf cart accident case’s complications. We love a good challenge, and what’s more, we’re ready to advocate for you. Our team can also answer all your questions about Florida golf cart laws.
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How Long Do You Have to File a Lawsuit in Florida
When it comes to personal injury lawsuits, most cases in Florida are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. Some exceptions may change how long you have to act, but do not rely on these extend the deadline. We encourage you to reach out right after your golf cart accident to avoid wasting valuable time.
Filing your case within the statutory deadline is important because:
- The courts will dismiss your case if you miss the filing deadline
- The other party wouldn’t have to pay for your losses if the statute of limitations expires
- If you don’t file on time, the insurance company (if there is one) would have less incentive to compensate you
We can file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations ends. However, we must learn about your situation first. Then, our team can determine your legal options and whether litigation is appropriate.
You Can Recover These Damages Following Your Accident in Flagler County
We want your settlement or court award to pay for your past, present, and future injury-related hardships. Compensation in your case may comprise:
- Healthcare expenses. Accidents involving golf carts can cause broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and internal bleeding. We want to seek recovery for any surgeries, medications, or hospital visits you require.
- Lost income. Not everyone works a standard nine-to-five job. After reviewing your employment records, we may pursue lost tips, bonuses, employee benefits, and income. We can also pursue loss of future earning capacity if your injuries affect your earning power.
- Pain and suffering. Pain and suffering pays for your physical and emotional distress after getting hurt. Florida does not limit how much you can recover for this expense.
- Funeral expenses. Golf carts don’t have seatbelts or protective barriers, increasing the risk of fatal injuries in an accident. If you lost a loved one, you could seek recovery for their funeral, burial, cremation, and memorial service.
We may seek additional losses than those listed here. Additional compensable losses include property damage costs, loss of consortium, and physical therapy.
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Our Lawyers Are Ready to Investigate Your Palm Coast, FL Golf Cart Accident
We must have evidence to secure compensation for your losses. Pieces of supporting information may include:
- The vehicles’ black box data. Many modern-day vehicles have “black boxes.” These devices measure the force of impact and vehicles’ speed shortly before and after collisions. We can use this data to verify certain aspects of the crash.
- Security camera footage. Many golf courses, storefronts, and intersections have cameras. Our team can use this footage to verify who (or what) caused your accident.
- Witness testimony. Your lawyer can interview healthcare professionals, bystanders, and accident reconstruction specialists to learn about your collision’s contributors.
- The accident report. Florida Statutes § 316.066 notes that if a collision results in death, injuries, or property damage exceeding a certain amount, you’re required to notify law enforcement. The police will include the involved parties’ names, their contact information, and any statements in their report.
We will also use photos and videos of the accident scene, your testimony, and other information to support your case’s outcome.
How Our Golf Cart Accident Lawyers will Seek Compensation
We may pursue damages through one of these avenues:
Filing a Claim
Your insurance coverage options depend on your accident. For instance, if a golf cart hit your car and you suffered harm, you could file a claim with your PIP coverage. However, if your losses exceed your policy limits, you could pursue damages from the at-fault party’s insurance provider.
Filing a Lawsuit
As noted, Florida doesn’t require golf cart insurance. Without a liable insurer, you may have to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party–or their parents if a minor hit you. While this may sound intimidating, it doesn’t have to be with us on your side. We’ll handle everything your lawsuit requires.
Call Bogin, Munns & Munns to Begin Your Free Case Review
Whether you suffered harm as a golf cart rider, operator, or another party, we could help. We’re ready to file your claim or lawsuit, investigate your case, and pursue compensation for your losses. To connect with our firm serving Palm Coast, dial (855) 686-6752.