MYRTLE BEACH ATTORNEYS OF THE YATES FIRM
If someone else’s negligence caused your injuries in a golf cart accident, do not hesitate to consult with The Yates Firm about the next steps you should take. We have the experience you need to help resolve your case. We might be able to help you hold the negligent party liable for their actions and seek compensation for your medical treatment and other losses.
A golf cart is an acceptable and efficient mode of transportation for individuals on a golf course and on some city streets depending on the municipality. Instead of walking a full 18 holes, you can strap your bag to the back of the cart and drive from hole to hole. They’re small enough to maneuver along a designated path but also can travel up and down hills and across rough terrain.
Although people typically envision a golf course when they think of golf carts, these tiny vehicles have also become a popular choice for driving on private roads and around gated communities. Unfortunately, most people don’t understand the dangers associated with golf carts and the severe injuries that can occur during an accident.
The Yates Firm could represent you in your claim against the negligent individual responsible for your injuries and we have the experience to do so. You shouldn’t be forced to pay out of pocket for your resulting expenses if someone else’s misconduct is to blame for the crash. Call us at 843.692.3237 for a free consultation with one of our Myrtle Beach golf cart accident attorneys to learn more about how we can help you.
Injuries and even death involving golf carts are more common than you might think. A study of incidents between 2007 and 2017 showed approximately 156,040 people suffered injuries requiring emergency room treatment.
The injury rate among older adults increased 67.6 percent between 2007 and 2017. Additionally, children suffered traumatic brain injuries at a rate more than three times higher than adults. If you’ve been involved in this type of injurious accident, don’t hesitate to contact The Yates Firm immediately.
Drinking and golfing is a pastime many people enjoy. Although a golf cart is much smaller than a car or truck, it can still cause significant damage and injuries when in an accident. If someone operates a cart under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they could crash into a tree, pedestrian, construction issue, or another golf cart.
Much like distracted driving in a car, or truck, distracted driving in a golf cart can have similar effects. When a person’s eyes, hands, or attention isn’t on the task of driving, they’re unlikely to notice dangerous conditions. It becomes more challenging to brake or swerve to avoid a hazard in the way. Sometimes, the rolling hills or general nature of a golf course could help cause the golf cart to tip over and this could cause injuries as well.
Golf carts have a maximum weight limit. They can safely carry multiple golf bags and people. However, wet grass, or exceeding the weight limit makes it more difficult to come to a complete stop because the extra pounds weigh down the entire cart.
The rain usually doesn’t stop golfers from enjoying a day on the course. The rain can cause the grass and cart paths to becoming slippery. Even though a golf cart can’t reach the speeds of a car, the wheels are much smaller and driving too fast on wet ground, or on the side of a hill, can cause it to skid or slide. This can lead to the driver losing control and crash causing injury.
Drinking and golfing is a pastime many people enjoy. Although a golf cart is much smaller than a car or truck, it can still cause significant damage and injuries in an accident. If someone operates a cart under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they could crash into a tree, pedestrian, or another golf cart.
Much like distracted driving in a car, distracted driving in a golf cart can have similar effects. When a person’s eyes, hands, or attention isn’t on the task of driving, they’re unlikely to notice dangerous conditions. It becomes more challenging to brake or swerve to avoid a hazard in the way.
Golf carts have a maximum weight limit. They can safely carry multiple golf bags and people. However, exceeding the weight limit makes it more difficult to come to a complete stop because the extra pounds weigh down the entire cart.
Taking a turn too fast in a golf cart can cause it to roll over. Rollover accidents happen because golf carts are top-heavy. The sudden change in momentum of the cart can tip it over onto its side or cause it to roll if it’s on a hill or uneven ground.
The rain usually doesn’t stop golfers from enjoying a day on the course. The rain can cause the grass and cart paths to become slippery. Even though a golf cart can’t reach the speeds of a car, driving too fast on wet ground can cause it to skid or slide, causing the driver to lose control and crash.
Driving down a hill can be dangerous if the driver speeds or maneuvers the cart erratically. If there’s an obstacle in the way, such as a rock or person, the driver must swerve out of the way to avoid a crash but could end up rolling the cart in the process.
The golf course owner must maintain the property and repair damage, so no one gets hurt. Unfortunately, some property owners don’t address dangerous conditions, placing golfers at risk. Someone could drive over a hole, crack, or debris on the path and lose control of the cart.
Golf cart accident victims can seek compensation for the losses they suffered. The above losses are considered economic losses, which are actual expenses.
Non-economic losses are also available in an insurance claim or lawsuit and include intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and scarring or disfigurement.
The Myrtle Beach golf cart accident attorneys of The Yates Firm care about the members of our community. We represent injured individuals in need of dependable legal services. You won’t have to face the complex process of holding the at-fault party accountable alone. We will fight by your side until the end.
You should call 911 and report any accident involving a golf cart to law enforcement right away. The officer can investigate the accident and write a police report.
COLLECT EVIDENCE BEFORE LEAVING THE SCENE
It’s critical to gather any evidence you can find at the crash site. Take pictures of any damage to the golf cart, skid marks on the cart path or grass, debris from the collision, and other evidence in the vicinity. You should also ask other people involved in the accident for their names and contact information.
SPEAK TO WITNESS
If possible, locate witnesses and write down their names and phone numbers. Eyewitness statements can be vital to proving fault after a golf cart accident. If multiple people explain the same version of events, it’s hard for anyone to dispute what happened.
GO TO THE HOSPITAL
Whether you drive yourself to the doctor or take a ride to the hospital in an ambulance, you should seek medical attention for any injuries you suffered. If the physician recommends a specific treatment plan, you should follow their orders.
HIRE A LAWYER
Be sure to consult a Myrtle Beach golf cart accident attorney from The Yates Firm. We can advise whether an insurance claim or lawsuit is best to recover the compensation you deserve. We can file your case on your behalf and aggressively pursue the available compensation to cover your losses.
If you were injured in a golf cart accident due to another person’s negligence, call The Yates Firm at 843.692.3237 right now for your free consultation.
Since 2014, our legal team has dedicated the necessary time and attention to helping people get back on their feet after serious accidents. You will feel like part of the family while we’re working on your case. We take pride in the work we do and the results we can achieve.