Whether you rent a golf cart at one of Cleveland’s golf courses, or you live in a community where people regularly use golf carts as a means of travel, it is critical to understand that these are dangerous vehicles that can be involved in accidents — and those those collisions can result in serious and deadly injuries. Ohio cities and communities have been trying to figure out how to properly regulate golf carts and to prevent accidents for quite some time. For example, a report from Cleveland 19 from a number of years ago noted that, “As golf carts move off of the fairways and onto the roadways, communities in Ohio are debating how to safely regulate them.” Yet over the last decade or more, numerous golf cart accidents have happened in Ohio and across the country.
Golf carts that are sharing the road with other vehicles are required to be equipped with safety features that are also required on automobiles, including headlights, horns, seatbelts, and turn signals. Yet despite safety requirements, golf cart accidents happen more often than you might think. I want to tell you about a few recent accidents that underscore the seriousness of golf cart collisions and resulting catastrophic injuries.
Recent Golf Cart Accidents Highlight Dangers
Several recent high-profile golf cart accidents have resulted in serious and fatal injuries. Here is a quick list of crashes that occurred in the last few months:
- 12-year-old boy killed in a golf cart accident in September 2020 when the vehicle was being operated by a 16-year-old girl, according to an ABC News report;
- 40-year-old woman died from traumatic brain injuries in a golf cart accident that occurred on Thanksgiving Day 2020, according to an article in People magazine;
- 43-year-old pro golfer Cristie Kerr injured in a golf cart accident in early December 2020, according to a report in ESPN; and
- 82-year-old man died after a golf cart accident in summer 2020, according to a Click Orlando report.
The range of injury victims, from children to the elderly, makes clear that anyone can be injured in a golf cart accident, and these crashes can occur almost anywhere golf carts are operated.
Can I File a Claim for a Golf Cart Accident Injury?
If another party was at fault for the golf cart accident and your injuries, you may be eligible to file a claim. Many different people can get hurt in golf cart accidents, including golf cart operators, golf cart passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and others.
When someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, I can work with you to file a claim for financial compensation.
Contact My Firm for Help with Your Golf Cart Accident Lawsuit
Most people do not think of golf carts as dangerous vehicles, and as such, serious accidents happen. Even though golf carts may not be involved in serious and deadly collisions at the same rate as other types of vehicles, it is important that drivers and passengers on golf carts do not get complacent. If you or someone you love sustained an injury in a golf cart accident, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. Depending upon the specific facts of your case, you could be eligible to file a claim against the golf cart driver, the golf cart owner, the owner of the property where the golf cart accident occurred, or another party altogether. When someone else is responsible for your golf cart accident injuries, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Contact my firm by calling 877.944.4373 today for assistance with your claim.