As golf carts are used in more settings off the golf course, the number of injuries is rising. According to an article in the July 2008 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, from 1990 until 2006, the injury rate rose more than 130 percent. During this period, nearly 150,000 golf cart-related injuries were recorded in people as young as 2 months and as old as 96 years.
As indicated in the article referenced above, the number of golf cart–related injuries increased steadily and significantly over the study period, from an estimated 5772 cases in 1990 to an estimated 13,411 cases in 2006, an increase of 132%. For cases in which the location of the injury was documented, the majority (70.3%) occurred at a sports or recreational facility. Injuries that occurred on the street, however, more often resulted in concussions and were more likely to require hospitalization than injuries that occurred in other locations.
Falling or jumping from a golf cart was the most common cause of injury for both adults and children (38.3%). However, children were at greater risk than adults were for falls from a golf cart. Injuries caused by falls were more than twice as likely to result in injury to the head or neck, and more than six times more likely to result in concussion than injuries due to other causes.
Golf carts have become much faster and more powerful – some can reach 25 mph and travel over 40 miles on a single battery charge. Golf carts are now routinely used for transportation purposes at sporting events, hospitals, airports, national parks, college campuses, businesses and military bases. In many gated and retirement communities, golf carts have become the primary means of transportation. Most golf carts are not subject to federal regulation, and state and local regulations for golf carts vary widely by region.
Our firm has successfully handled a number of injury and death claims arising out of golf cart crashes. At Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay & Iracki, we employ a team of experts that includes our firm’s Investigator to uncover the exact facts of what happened related to a golf cart crash and determine which individual or company was at fault and liable. Our legal team also works closely with medical professionals to assess our client’s medical injuries, both those immediately observable and those that are likely to progress or deteriorate over time. Our attorneys and staff apply the full force of their combined experience, skills and commitment to a client injured in golf cart crash needed compensation through a fair settlement or in a courtroom