There was a time when golf carts in Rhode Island were used exclusively to transport golfers around the course. Today however, golf carts have become an acceptable form of transportation to move about retirement communities, airports, sporting events, camp or other venues. The increased popularity of being used outside of the golf courses is attributable to technological advances and reduced cost of maintenance.\
Golf Car safety
Many golf cars manufactured today are designed to travel at 25 miles per hour with some carts reaching speeds as high as 40 miles an hour and higher. However, unlike a truck, automobile or motorcycle, golf cart manufacturers are not required to maintain compliance with many of the rules and regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, the agency that regulates effective safety equipment including airbags, turning signals, brake lights and seat belts.
Many communities allow residents and visitors to operate their golf cart in neighborhoods on certain roadways and designated pathways. Residents often use their golf cart as a primary form of transportation. These lightweight vehicles are fuel-efficient and fun to drive. However, individuals underestimate the dangerous conditions and safety hazards of operating the vehicle off the course.
GOLF cart Accident Causes in Rhode Island
The most common kinds of golf cart accidents in Rhode Island involve:
• A single cart mishap,
• An automotive/golf car collision,
• Multiple cart pileup,
• Rollovers on hilly areas,
• Golf cart / pedestrian accidents occurring at intersections, in crosswalks and on parking lots.
Often times, a golf cart accident is a result of reckless or negligent driving, underage driving, or driving while impaired. Operating a golf cart requires a higher level of focus compared to operating a car or truck. Even while driving the vehicle at a low speed, golf cart accidents can cause serious, life-threatening injuries. The golf cart’s design makes the handrail a natural fulcrum, causing falling children to lose their balance and land on their head and neck, which often results in significant brain injuries.
Common golf cart injuries
The most common types of injuries involved in a golf car accident caused by negligence or recklessness include:
• Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
• Spinal cord trauma
• Crush injury
• Broken bones and fractures
• Organ damage
• Injuries to the back, neck and face
• Knee and shoulder injury
• Hand and wrist injury
• Wrongful death
Who is at fault for a golf car crash?
Determining exactly which parties are at fault in a golf cart accident can be confusing. Filing a claim or lawsuit for compensation will require determining who is liable, which might extend to the driver, the golf cart manufacturer or other third party. Because of the complexity in seeking financial recompense, many victims will hire personal injury attorneys who specializes in golf cart accident cases.
Do I Have a Lawsuit in Providence Superior Court?
Your Rhode Island Injury attorney or RI Golf Cart Accident lawyer will determine liability to prove how another individual was negligent or failed to perform a level of safety to you and others. Factors that often affect liability and the amount of compensation victims receive include:
• Where did the golf cart collision occur?
• Who was behind the wheel?
• Who is the owner of the golf cart?
• Does the cart have adequate insurance?
• Was anyone on the cart intoxicated or under the influence of drugs?
All claims for compensation must be filed before the expiration of the state’s statute of limitations. Your experienced Providence personal injury lawyer will gather physical evidence including photographs and eyewitness accounts. In addition, the East Providence or Warwick negligence law firm will perform an investigation into whether the golf cart was defective, lacked proper warnings or malfunctioned. Your Cranston, Woonsocket or Providence liability attorney will seek sufficient recompense to cover all of your financial expenses including ongoing medical bills, time away from work, the loss of future earning capacity, suffering, pain, disfigurement, scarring and the need for future medical care.