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Whether you’re on the links or just getting around town, golf carts are a great way to get around Asheville. There are so many residents here who ride around their neighborhoods by golf carts that it’s practically a way of life. And no one likes walking from hole to hole on the golf course — especially in North Carolina’s brutally hot summers.
Unfortunately, though golf carts are designed to travel at low speeds, they aren’t harmless. In 2015 alone, about 18,000 people across the country went to the emergency room due to injuries related to golf cart accidents. If you get injured in this kind of accident, you do have legal options, including the right to compensation.
At Auger & Auger, our Asheville golf cart accident attorneys have decades of experience helping injury victims. We know how devastating an injury caused by a golf cart accident can be. You may be hit by a car while you’re in a cart, or you may even be hit by a cart while you’re walking.
No matter the situation, our lawyers are here to help make things right. Give us a call today at (828) 222-7649 for a free, no-obligation consultation with an Asheville personal injury lawyer. We’ll evaluate the details of your case, including who was at fault for the injury and help you figure all of your legal options.
Compensation, or damages, are primarily divided into two general categories: economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are those that can easily be assigned an objective dollar amount. For instance, you can calculate how much you’ve spent on medical bills, how much income you’ve missed out on due to being unable to work, and more.
Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, are much more subjective. This category includes things like pain and suffering, mental anguish and more. Your attorney will help you figure out how much you deserve. Then, they’ll negotiate with the defendant’s attorney for compensation, or they may fight for it in court on your behalf.
Punitive damages are the ones that often make the headlines. They’re designed to punish the offender for their actions. Under North Carolina law, punitive damages can only be assessed if the defendant acted fraudulently, maliciously, or with willful or wanton conduct. These criteria are intentionally hard to meet.
In golf cart accident cases, there are no caps on how much economic and noneconomic damages a person can receive. However, if punitive damages are assessed, they cannot exceed three times the amount of economic and noneconomic damages combined, or $250,000, whichever is greater.
If you have been injured in a golf cart accident in North Carolina, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. However, doing so can be a challenging task, since North Carolina law doesn’t allow you to recover compensation if you are in any way at fault for your injuries.
That’s why it’s crucial you speak with an experienced Asheville golf cart accident attorney as soon as possible. During your free, no-obligation consultation, we’ll review the details of your case and determine if we can get compensation for you. Call us at (828) 222-7649 or online to get started today.