Every year approximately 13,000 Americans visit the emergency room for golf cart-related injuries. Only half of these accidents occur on golf courses.
Golf carts are designed to be used off road at speeds of less than 15 MPH. They are helpful as general transportation in retirement communities where residents may have difficulty walking to facilities and in gated communities. But, these vehicles lack the safety features necessary to be safely driven in traffic. They have no seatbelts, no rear-view mirrors, no signal lights and no windshields.
In Florida, it is illegal for golf carts to be driven on the street. However, Palm Beach accidents involving golf carts on roadways do occur. In January, a 14-year-old girl sustained severe head injuries after a golf-cart crash at Tequesta Country Club. The girl was ejected from the golf cart when her friend swerved to avoid a squirrel in the road.
This girl might have avoided injury if she had been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the Florida golf cart accident. Yet, golf carts are rarely equipped with seat belts. Instead, passengers must rely on handles on each end of the seat for safety. These devices are not always effective. If a golf cart driver accelerates quickly during a left-hand turn, a passenger may flip over the seat retention device and land on his head. Until golf carts are provided with better safety features, including seatbelts, doors, and safety netting, golf cart injuries will continue to be a problem.
If you or someone you love suffered an injury in a Palm Beach golf cart accident, it is important that you discuss the injury with a Palm Beach accident injury attorney. You or your loved one may be eligible for insurance compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. To learn more, contact Palm Beach accident lawyer David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.