Most people do not consider golf carts to be dangerous. As a result, almost anyone is allowed behind the wheel. In fact, in most states, you can drive a golf cart as young as 14-years-old. Unfortunately, golf carts are more dangerous than you may realize and when golf cart accidents occur, they can result in serious and even deadly injuries. Read on to learn more.
Golf Cart Negligence
Golf cart accidents can occur as a result of mechanical malfunctions or dangerous terrains. But, the majority of accidents are caused by driver and passenger negligence. The most common forms of negligence include:
- Passengers overcrowding the cart
- Passengers standing while the cart is in motion
- Driving while distracted
- Texting while driving
- Reversing downhill
- Hanging extremities outside of the cart
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Sharp turns
- Leaving the brake unlocked upon exiting
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. An injury can lead to lost wages, hefty medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. You may deserve compensation to help ease these burdens you now face. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof that your accident was caused by the negligence of another party. Some ways to do this include:
Calling 911: The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, interview witnesses, and more.
Documenting the scene: Take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident.
Obtaining witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Be sure to ask for their name and contact information. This can play a large role when it comes to a personal injury claim.
Seeking medical attention: Many people attempt to recover at home, without the help of a doctor. This can be dangerous for a number of reasons. First of all, it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Second of all, your injury may not heal properly without the necessary medical attention. Additionally, going to the doctor will provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
If you have been injured in a golf cart accident, contact our firm to speak with an experienced attorney.
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If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. CONTACT US TODAY!