Florida has the most golf courses of any state in the U.S. This also means that Florida accounts for a large number of golf cart accidents. Read on to learn more about golf cart accidents and what to do if an injury occurs.

How do Golf Cart Accidents Occur?

Golf cart accidents can occur for a number of reasons, but some of the most common causes include:

  • Passengers overcrowding the cart
  • Passengers standing while the cart is in motion
  • Driving while distracted
  • Texting while driving
  • Reversing downhill
  • Hanging extremities outside of the cart
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Racing
  • Sharp turns
  • Leaving the brake unlocked upon exiting

What Kinds of Injuries Occur as a Result?

Golf cart accidents can lead to serious injuries, including:

  • Bruises
  • Strained neck
  • Whiplash
  • Spinal injuries
  • Damaged windpipes
  • Asphyxiation
  • Foot injuries
  • Cuts
  • Broken bones
  • Crush injuries
  • Concussions

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

If you have been injured in a golf cart accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. In order to do this, you should be sure to call 911. The police can send an ambulance to the scene and file an accident report. If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events- ask for their name and contact information. You should also make sure to take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. One of the most important things you can do is seek medical attention. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents. Additionally, make sure to speak with a personal injury attorney. A skilled attorney may be able to obtain further proof of negligence. He or she can also help you file your claim on time. In Florida, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally four years from the date of the accident. Reach out to our firm today to speak with an experienced attorney.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Here at Manuel & Thompson, P.A., we understand the potentially devastating effect that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family, which is why we are dedicated to helping all those who’ve been injured due to no fault of their own. Our firm also proudly handles insurance disputes, hurricane claims, fire loss claims, commercial litigation, and construction law matters. To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.