In Southwest Florida, golf carts are a popular form of transportation. Not limited to the golf course, these vehicles are used to visit friends in many communities. In some locations, there are more golf carts on the sidewalks and community roads than cars. A golf cart accident can be a serious incident and occurs more often then you think.
Golf Cart Accident Injury is Common in Southwest Florida
When we think of golf carts, we usually think of fun and leisure. Many people do not realize that golf carts do have power. Most golf carts weigh 1,000 pounds and are designed to move up to 15 miles per hour. The weight and speed of such a moving vehicle is capable of causing serious damage to people in a golf cart accident.
Because of the number of golf carts in our region, particularly in golf communities and gated communities, golf cart accidents occur frequently. While many incidents may not result in injury, very often a golf cart accident causes major personal injury. Among the injuries include fractures, head injuries, and even spinal cord injuries.
Sometimes the driver is responsible for the golf cart accident, such as in the instance of an impaired driver or child driving the vehicle. A pedestrian struck by a golf cart moving quickly is often badly hurt.
In other instances, a golf cart accident occurs when the cart is struck by a car or truck. No golf cart is a match for a full-size motor vehicle. Because the golf vehicle has a smaller profile than ordinary autos, some drivers of light trucks simply do not look out for them.
There are annually nearly 15,000 golf cart accident injuries in the U.S., most of which occur in Florida.
A Golf Cart Accident Can Be Surprisingly Damaging
Driving one of these small vehicles is surprisingly dangerous because the cart does not provide much physical protection for passengers. In addition, golf carts do not handle turns particularly well. If a driver makes a sharp turn, then passengers face ejection from this vehicle.
Golf carts also have a tendency to roll over in these situations. When you combine these deficiencies with the fact that golf carts share the road with cars and trucks, there is great potential for a golf cart accident. These accidents can cause serious injuries, including fractures, limb amputations, brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
Common Causes of A Golf Cart Accident
There are many scenarios in which a person suffers injuries in a golf cart accident. Among these circumstances:
- impaired driver
- operator error
- pedestrian struck by gold cart
- golf cart struck by car or truck
- parking lot collision involving golf cart and car, SUV, truck
- golf cart rollover
- child operator of golf cart
Pursuing Compensation for Golf Cart Accident Injury
Serious injuries are serious matters, regardless of how they happened. If you or someone you love suffers serious injuries in a golf cart accident because someone is careless, then you deserve compensation for your harms and losses.
Fort Myers accident lawyer David Harris pursues justice for injured persons in Southwest Florida, including Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel, Captiva, Bonita Springs, Estero, Naples, Lehigh Acres, Fort Myers Beach, Marco Island, Punta Gorda, and Port Charlotte. David provides experience and skill as your veteran trial attorney and litigator. Moreover, he personally represents clients. In addition, David seeks best possible results for his clients, as favorable financial settlements may often pay for medical bills, expenses, and provide peace of mind.
Contact David today by phone or use our simple contact form. Your consultation is free, and if David accepts your golf cart accident case, then know you have a responsive attorney who values you, keeps you aware, answers questions, and takes and returns your phone calls. Moreover, there is no fee unless we win.