Tampa Golf Cart Injury Attorney
The many golf courses in Florida offer a welcome distraction and enjoyable pastime for many Tampa residents. Golf course organizations provide golf carts to patrons so they can quickly and easily travel the holes of the course and carry their clubs and equipment with ease. Some dedicated golfers who live near courses purchase their own carts for personal use. While golf carts are convenient and undeniably fun to drive, it’s important to remember that the same degree of care should be used when driving golf carts as with any other motor vehicle.
Only sober adults who are familiar with golf carts should attempt to drive them. It’s important to follow the course’s posted rules and guidelines. Additionally, be sure to follow any safety warnings on the cart in terms of cargo and passenger weight limits. Golf carts are not built to maneuver like road vehicles, and too much weight can cause a tip-over or other accident. Golf carts function best when driven slowly and smoothly, so follow the posted speed limits when operating your golf cart and refrain from reckless behavior.
Reasons for Golf Cart Injury Lawsuits
If you followed the posted rules and regulations for operating your golf cart and still suffered an injury, it’s vital to assess your legal options. Depending on the nature of your injury, you can secure compensation through a premises liability lawsuit against a negligent golf course organization or possibly a product liability claim against a defective golf cart manufacturer.
Before determining what type of lawsuit you’ll need to file, there are several things you should address immediately after the accident. First, take pictures of your injuries and the accident scene. If a specific hazard or obstacle caused the accident, be sure to take photos of the entire area so you can use them as evidence in your case. Once you report the damage to the course organization and obtain statements from everyone involved or who witnessed the accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Starting the Lawsuit Process
Even if you believe your injuries are mild, go see a doctor as soon as possible. Some injuries take time to manifest noticeable symptoms, and waiting to see the doctor won’t benefit your case later in court. If a jury learns that you didn’t seek treatment for an extended time after your accident, they will naturally assume your injuries couldn’t have been serious. If you happen to develop symptoms later even after seeking treatment, however, a jury will acknowledge that you did seek treatment promptly but your symptoms were not visible at the time. Your doctor can then provide you with a report that outlines the extent of your injuries and your treatment plan. This document will be valuable when it comes time to decide a value for your case.
After obtaining your medical report, meet with an attorney to determine who was at fault for your damages and what your next steps should be. If the golf course failed to maintain a safe and hazard-free course and you can prove that your accident was due to the course organization’s negligence, your attorney will likely advise you to start a premises liability lawsuit against the gold course. Poor cart maintenance, low safety standards, or poor grounds keeping could all be potential grounds for negligence.
If a problem with the golf cart caused your accident, you may need to investigate a product liability claim against the manufacturer. If the golf cart contains a production defect, a design flaw, or the manufacturers did not properly advise end users of the risks of normal use of the cart, you may be able to secure your compensation due to the strict liability laws placed on product manufacturers. In a product liability claim, you don’t need to prove that the manufacturer was negligent, only that the product was defective and that the defect caused the injury.
Golf cart injury cases may be confusing at first, so anyone who suffers a golf cart injury in the Tampa area should contact the team at Williams Law, P.A. We’ll meet with you for a free case evaluation to discuss the details of your situation and let you know how we can help you secure compensation for your medical expenses and other damages following a golf cart accident.