Now that the weather finally permits, golfers all across the state are getting their golf gear ready for the season. And maybe this year you will finally decide to walk the course rather than ride! But if this resolution falls through, there is no need to get down on yourself; after all, a golf cart allows you to get even more rounds in per day! But before you hop on a golf kart, whether you are driving or riding along, it is important to know where you stand in terms of legal liability and rights.
Many golf courses offer carts to ride, which do not require specialized permit or license to operate. In fact, here in Indiana, you can operate a golf cart if you are 16 years old with a valid drivers’ license. In addition to having a valid drivers’ license, golf cart operators must obey all Indiana traffic and driving laws, which also apply in the case of an accident.
Continue reading to learn more about golf cart accidents and liability in Indiana.
Golf Cart Safety and Statistics
Golf carts are safe; right? After all, teenagers are legally allowed to operate them under lenient conditions. But golf carts can pose several risks, and even fatalities. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), roughly 15,000 people in the United States suffer injuries related to golf carts per year, and some injuries even result in dozens of deaths. The most common types of golf cart accidents involve collisions, tip-overs, and throws, all of which can result in a wide spectrum of orthopedic, muscle, and flesh injuries. The CPSC further reports that nearly 40% of these golf cart-related injuries are sustained as a result of someone falling out of a moving golf cart.
Although golf carts are just as dangerous as a standard motor vehicle, in comparison, there are significantly fewer laws and regulations governing them. For instance, golf carts are not required to have seat belts, airbags, and other vital safety features, which paints a picture of how serious injuries can be if an accident does occur. Fortunately, there are laws in place that do protect those injured in golf cart-related accidents, so long as they are not at-fault for their injuries.
There are many people or entities that can be held legally liable in the case of a golf cart accident. Common at-fault parties include other golfers, club staff members, course managers, club owner, cart manufacturer, and more. If you were injured in a golf cart accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is vital to contact an Indianapolis personal injury law firm as soon as possible. You may be eligible for remuneration to cover hospital bills, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers
Contact the law office of Craven, Hoover, and Blazek P.C. at 317-881-2700 to file a personal injury claim in Indianapolis, Indiana. Seasoned accident attorneys, Daniel Craven, Ralph Hoover, and Keith Blazek, can help you recover the full and fair compensation you deserve after suffering a golf cart injury. We offer free initial consultations and never collect attorney fees unless we prevail for you. We represent clients throughout the State of Indiana. Call 317-881-2700 to schedule an appointment with our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers, today.