Phoenix Golf Cart Accident Lawyers
The Need For Golf Cart Injury Lawyers
Golf carts have turned into a successful enterprise. Annual sales of golf carts top $1,600,000 in the United States alone. They aren’t just used on the golf course anymore either. They’re often used as transportation at sports and recreational facilities.
Additionally, several communities use them as the preferred method of transport in place of automobiles. Scottsdale and Sun City are good examples of that. Here are some other popular “golf cart communities” in Arizona.
- Sun Lakes
- SaddleBrook Ranch
- Fountain Of Sun
- Canoa Ranch
- Sun City West
- Sun City Grand
- Sun City Festival
- Quail Creek
- Westbrook Village
- Pebble Creek
- Trilogy At Vistancia
- Trilogy @Encanterra
But, are they the safest form of transportation?
Golf Cart Injury Statistics
- According to The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, injuries linked to golf carts expanded by 132% from 1990 to 2006.
- Almost 150,000 individuals were involved in golf car accidents during that same time frame.
- The age range of injured parties was between two months old to ninety-six years of age.
- Approximately seventy percent of the injuries happened at sports and recreational facilities.
- Almost one-third of documented injuries affected children.
Common Injuries In Golf Cart Accidents
Golf cart injuries come in many varieties.
- Foot injury
- Leg injury
- Head injury
- Neck injury
- Strained neck or back
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
A fireman once noted that golf cart operators aren’t usually to blame in accidents. However, the nature of their vehicle leaves them poorly protected in many cases.
Who’s At Fault In A Golf Cart Accident
Frequently, the golf cart manufacturer is responsible due to design problems, which contributed to what could have been a preventable mishap.
In other cases, operators or riders could be at fault. If the operator was driving faster than was safe for the circumstances or veered too sharply, individuals could be launched from the cart.
Sometimes irregular terrain could precipitate an accident. If riders are “fooling around” or not keeping themselves inside the golf cart, they can experience severe injuries.
Safety specialists contend the most prevalent causes linked to golf cart accidents is a failure to follow safety policies and an inclination to see and operate a golf cart as if it was a toy.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham conducted a study on golf cart safety. They discovered the greatest degree of injury involves men between the ages of ten and nineteen. Golf cart accidents in Florida are such a problem that the state has designated golf carts as a “dangerous instrumentality.” The use of golf carts on public roads is significantly restricted.
Here are a few essential questions to ask yourself:
- Were you driving carelessly or joyriding?
- Did you miscalculate the golf cart’s power?
- Did you exceed the cart’s abilities?
- Were you driving while distracted?
- Were you under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
- Did you drive over irregular terrain hazards like potholes, steep slopes, or tree roots?
Arizona Laws That Apply To Golf Carts
According to the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles, a golf cart can be driven on roads, but there are stipulations.
- Golf carts must not be able to exceed twenty-five miles per hour.
- Including the driver, you’re limited to four people on board.
- You can’t drive a golf cart on sidewalks.
- You can’t drive one on private property unless you obtain the consent of the owner of the property.
- To drive a golf cart on public roads, operators must hold a valid Arizona driver’s license. They must also have liability insurance with a minimum of $10,000 in property damage and $15,000 in bodily injury insurance.
There was a new law passed in 2014, affecting golf cart usage in particular areas. This law declares that an individual in an age-restricted community in an unincorporated section of a county with a population of less than three million can operate a golf cart on the side of public roads.
This is different from existing state law, which dictates golf cart drivers proceed in the center of the lane like cars and trucks do. The law applies to areas like Sun City. It doesn’t apply to an unincorporated area.
What to Do After a Golf Cart Accident
Golf carts can be especially hazardous to bicyclists and pedestrians as they don’t possess the security of the cart’s frame. As a quick search of Arizona news shows, golf cart accidents can be deadly for anyone operating one when an accident occurs.
The primary thing you should do following an accident is to get medical treatment. Get seen by a doctor, even if it seems you’re not injured immediately after the accident. Symptoms like internal bleeding and soft tissue injuries frequently aren’t felt right away.
Next, use your cell phone to take photos from all possible angles and record as much evidence as you can. Video is an excellent option to add if you’re able.
After you’ve received qualified medical treatment, speak to an Arizona golf cart attorney. If another party was at fault for the accident, that person may be obligated to pay damages for your medical bills and other expenses.
For example, if an automobile driver pulled out too quickly in front of a golf cart, that driver may be responsible for the crash. On the other hand, if a golf cart operator was violating the law and then struck a pedestrian, it may be considered negligent and at fault for the accident.
Unquestionably, golf cart accidents aren’t uncommon in Phoenix, its outskirts, and other regions of Arizona. When they occur, the losses following them can be substantial. Anyone driving a golf cart has to know the rules of the road pertaining to their operation.
Our Phoenix Golf Cart Accident Lawyers Can Help
Our specialized legal team can assess your case and ascertain if we can assist you by fighting for reimbursement for medical bills, property destruction, and much more. Don’t dismiss your incident as “no big deal” or take a settlement for less compensation than your accident demands.
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As an Arizona Bar member, Brad Myers has been aiding injured clients since 2004. One of the many characteristics that separate Brad from other personal injury attorneys is the individual consideration he gives to his clients and their unique circumstances. When Brad isn’t occupied with fighting for his clients, he enjoys spending time with his wife, his parents, his sister, and his niece and nephew, all living in the Scottsdale area.
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