According to reports by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies, the 56-year-old man driving the golf cart purposely hit several people who were in the store prior to crashing into one of the Walmart cash registers. The man is facing several charges.
How Florida Golf Cart Accidents Differ
In a typical car accident case, someone who is hurt can typically obtain 60% of their lost wages and 80% of their medical expenses, up to $10,000, through their own car insurance under Florida’s “no-fault” system. Additionally, an injured car accident victim may be able to recover from the at-fault driver’s car insurance.
But, what if you are hurt by a golf cart like the victims in the Gibsonton Walmart? Many people who own golf carts and other low-speed vehicles do not understand Florida’s insurance requirements.
Under Florida law, golf carts are not required to be registered or titled. Owners are not mandated under the law to be covered with Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or Property Damage Liability (Property). Moreover, unless allowed by local ordinance, golf carts cannot be operated on Florida roads. Likewise, except in a rare circumstance, a golf cart does not require a valid license to legally operate. Notably, Florida law does not prevent a golf cart owner from purchasing insurance. While the insurance is not pegged to any title, registration, or legal requirement, coverages that could be purchased include liability insurance, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, as well as medical payments coverage.
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Reckless Driving in a Golf Cart
While golf carts are generally considered safe vehicles because they are low-speed, this is a misconception. When a golf cart driver drives carelessly or recklessly – like the man in the Gibsonton Walmart – the result can be serious injuries or even death. Some examples of reckless driving include:
- Inadequate experience or training;
- Operating a golf cart while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Driving a golf cart while distracted;
- Steering a golf cart into an unauthorized area.
Someone hurt by a reckless golf cart driver in Florida can file a civil lawsuit for damages including payment for medical costs, lost wages, property damage, rehabilitation costs, and even pain and suffering.
According to reports by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies, the 56-year-old man driving the golf cart purposely hit several people who were in the store prior to crashing into one of the Walmart cash registers.
Your Florida Golf Cart Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, whether or not a golf cart was involved in the accident, contact personal injury attorneys at Bogin, Munns & Munns. Our auto accident attorneys have over 40 years of experience. Contact our firm today to schedule your free personal injury consultation.
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