Why more people are getting seriously injured in North and South Carolina golf cart accidents than ever before
Recently, golf carts have been making the headlines in North and South Carolina—but for the wrong reasons. The number of people injured or killed in golf cart accidents in North and South Carolina has increased by an astonishing 68 percent.
In the past two months, golf cart accidents in North and South Carolina have been on a dangerous upswing.
- In June, a father, his 5-year-old son, and a 13-year-old girl were killed in Statesville, North Carolina, when a car veered over the line and hit the golf cart they were driving.
- Later that month, a 64-year-old man driving a golf cart with no headlights was killed in Lake City, South Carolina, after a car hit him head-on.
- At the end of May, an 18-year-old and three juveniles were seriously injured in Charleston, South Carolina, after their golf cart struck a vehicle and flipped over.
A disturbing trend developing in North and South Carolina
Why are golf cart accidents in North and South Carolina increasing? While the summer months inherently bring a spike in golf cart accidents, a disturbing trend has been developing over the past couple of years. Here are three shocking statistics about North and South Carolina golf cart accidents.
- Children account for one-third of all golf cart accident injuries and deaths
A new study found that an increasing number of children and teenagers are injured or killed each year in golf cart accidents in North and South Carolina. In the past three years, more than 6,500 adolescents were injured nationwide. Over half of those injuries occurred to adolescents 12 years and younger—who weren’t even close to the legal driving age for most other vehicles.
- On average, 48 percent of all golf cart accidents result in hospitalization, severe trauma, or death
An independent study found that of all annual golf cart accidents (18,000 per year nationwide), more than 48 percent result in hospitalization, severe trauma, or death. Golf carts provide little protection for drivers and passengers—especially when hit by a larger, faster vehicle. In fact, in most of these cases, drivers and passengers were ejected from the golf cart due to the lack of restraints (seat belts) and protection (siding, airbags, etc.).
- Alcohol is involved in 3 out of 5 golf cart accidents
Based on several studies and reports, 3 out of 5 golf cart accidents involve alcohol. Many people who operate golf carts do so because they have been drinking or because they falsely believe they can consume alcoholic beverages while driving golf carts in their neighborhood or short distances.
Under North and South Carolina DWI laws, driving a golf cart “while impaired” is illegal.
Conversely, a significant number of golf cart crashes occur because the driver of a passenger vehicle is impaired. That’s why no matter how cautious you are while operating a golf cart if you share the road with passenger vehicles, you are always at a disadvantage.
Important tips to remain safe while operating golf carts
When operating and riding in golf carts
- Keep all body parts in the golf cart and wear seat belts if available.
- Carry no more than the designated amount of passengers (or the total number of seats).
- Never drive any golf cart under the influence.
- Golf carts tip quite easily, so take turns, inclines, and declines slowly.
- Obey all traffic laws and use hand signals if the cart isn’t equipped with turn signals.
- Never drive a golf cart at dawn, dusk, or night if it doesn’t have lights.
Yet, keeping operators of golf carts safe is everyone’s responsibility. For more information on how to safely navigate golf carts on roadways, check out our article, “Sharing the Road with Golf Carts,” here.
Injured in a golf cart accident in North or South Carolina?
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The actions you take after a golf cart accident can have a huge impact on your claim. If you have been injured in a golf cart accident in North or South Carolina, contact the experienced golf cart accident attorneys at Auger & Auger immediately.
For over 20 years, Auger & Auger has helped thousands of accident victims and their families throughout North and South Carolina. We understand how stressful an accident can be, and we are committed to taking the pressure off you. We also know firsthand the seriousness of golf cart accidents and have experience handling these traumatic and catastrophic cases.
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