Golf Cart Accident Attorneys in Florida
Experienced Attorneys to assist you after your Golf Cart Accident
Fatal golf cart accidents are not the “freak occurrence” most people believe. In fact, Technology Associates found that on average, one person dies from injuries sustained by falling out of a golf cart every week. The majority of those fatalities take place while making left turns. Passengers do not have anything built into the cart to hold onto that would keep them within the golf cart as the force of the turn pulls them to the side. Since 2008, there have been at least 18 fatal accidents involving golf carts in The Villages.
Unlike automobiles, golf carts are not built to comparable safety standards. The most obvious difference is a complete lack of doors and seat belts. Seat belts can be purchased and installed separately, however. Unfortunately some experts believe that use of seat belts in golf carts would cause more harm than good. Frontal crash tests performed by the IIHS found that even when using lap-shoulder belts, there was still risk of serious injury to the head and chest area. Others note the possibility of riders becoming trapped and potentially being crushed in cases of a rollover crash. Research suggests the likelihood of requiring a hospital stay from injuries received during a golf cart accident is doubled in cases of rollover accidents. With rollover accidents accounting for a sizable 1-in-10 of all golf cart crashes, a consensus has yet to be reached on the benefit of seat belts.
Additionally, golf carts lack airbags, steering columns built to absorb impact, and crumple zones. Because of the lack of these features, there is nothing to keep the driver from sustaining injuries caused by impact with the golf cart’s steering column. Lack of a built-in roll cage creates further susceptibility to injury in the case of rollover accidents. Some retirement communities, such as The Villages, conduct annual inspections on residents’ golf carts, but such inspections can only be expected to do so much.
If you are ever in a golf cart accident in Central Florida, be aware that homeowner’s insurance may provide coverage for your injuries and damages. You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain, suffering and inconvenience damages
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Emotional trauma
- Household expenses
- Property damage
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