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Liability in Florida golf cart accidents

It is becoming an increasingly common practice to operate golf carts outside of the golf course. Driving such vehicles can be a fun way to spend the weekend, especially when you are near the beach and enjoying the sun.

However, golf carts, although much less powerful than cars or scooters, do have the potential to cause injuries. These incidents can be caused by hazards such as uneven road surfaces, but they can also be caused by drivers who are not paying adequate attention to driving the vehicle.

How much of a problem are golf cart injuries?

It has been reported by The American Journal of Preventative Medicine that injuries resulting from golf cart accidents grew 132 percent between 1990 and 2006. In those 16 years, almost 150,000 people were injured in golf carting accidents. It is said that the main reason for this is because golf carts are being taken off the course and used as recreational transportation that is often taken less seriously than operating a car.

What legal consequences will occur if I crash a golf cart?

Unlike most other forms of public transport, golf carts are not subject to federal regulations. This means that it is not necessarily illegal to be driving a golf cart while intoxicated, and a driver's license is not needed in order to operate one. However, if you injure a person due to recklessness and a disregard for safety, you can be liable under negligence laws.

What is negligence in relation to golf cart accidents?

If a person is injured because of a golf cart, any negligence on the part of the driver will be considered. The judge will establish what the duties of the driver were, and whether he or she breached those duties. If he or she is found to have breached these duties, it will be determined whether this breach of duty actually led to the accident happening. If this is found to be the case, the driver of the golf cart will likely be liable for all — or a percentage — of the damages.

If you have been involved in a golf cart accident in Myrtle Beach, it is wise to learn how the law applies to your situation.

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