The term “golf cart” is a misnomer of sorts, as golf carts are increasingly used off the golf course. According to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, from 1990 until 2006, injury rates from golf cart use rose 130% and more than 150,000 golf cart-related injuries were recorded. Based on the study, golf cart-related injuries that occurred on the street more often resulted in concussions and were more likely to require hospitalization than injuries that occurred in other locations. Injuries caused by falls from a golf cart were more than twice as likely to result in injury to the head or neck and six times more likely to result in concussions than injuries due to other causes. In short, the docile looking golf cart can be very dangerous.
The study also found that children were at greater risk than adults for falls from a golf cart. Despite these statistics, with the rise in use of golf carts we are finding that children are more often being permitted to utilize golf carts by their parents or other adult golf cart owners. Under Florida law, a golf cart is considered a “dangerous instrumentality.” As such, the owner of a golf cart can be held responsible for the negligent use of the golf cart by any person whom they entrust to use that golf cart, including a child. This is true both on and off the golf course.
Injuries from golf cart accidents can be very serious and, in some cases, fatal. The attorneys at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith have decades of experience helping injured victims of golf cart accidents. If you, a family member, or a loved one were involved in a golf cart accident, call us for a free consultation.