It may seem surprising to some people, but golf cart accidents do happen and serious injuries can result. According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a 17-year study showed that there were 147,696 nonfatal golf cart injuries treated in emergency rooms. The ages of those injured ranged all the way from two-months-old to 96-years-old. Of these cases, 31.2 percent were children aged 16 and under, with almost half of all cases (47.7 percent) involving soft tissue injuries. The most common cause of these golf cart injuries was falling out of the golf cart.
The AJPM also reports that golf cart accidents most commonly occur in:
- Sports facilities
- Streets or public property
- Outside the home
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently raised awareness on just how serious and prevalent golf cart accidents have been amongst children. In some cases, children under the age of 16 were driving the golf carts with minimal (or no) driving experience. In other cases, children were passengers and often not properly restrained.
Liability in a golf cart accident will vary by case. It may be the fault of a passenger or an operator; for example, the driver of the golf cart may be inexperienced, operating the golf cart while intoxicated or distracted, or simply driving negligently. In other situations, the actual golf cart may be defective. In other cases, the terrain may be too uneven for the driver to safely operate the golf cart on, which in turn, can result in an accident.
These are just some examples of who, and what parties, may be found negligent in a golf cart accident and in a golf cart accident lawsuit. If you or a loved one was injured in a golf cart accident due to the negligence of another individual or a third party, you may already be working with a personal injury lawyer. As you wait for your case to settle, you may wonder about what other options you have for getting money sooner. At USClaims, we provide a service known as pre-settlement funding. With pre-settlement funding, taking care of mounting bills and expenses no longer has to be a significant financial burden. Contact us today to learn more about pre-settlement funding and to find out if your case qualifies.