With over four decades of combined personal injury experience, the law firm of Auger & Auger has seen thousands of injuries — and we understand just how life-changing they can be. When it comes to golf carts, we have discovered that people don’t always take these small vehicles as seriously as they should. Driver inexperience, horseplay, and driving while intoxicated can all contribute to collisions. We have a Columbia golf cart accident attorney ready to represent you, whether your incident took place on or off the green.
Golf carts are often seen as a type of toy — especially by teenage drivers who are now hitting the streets in higher numbers than ever before. Driving close to the maximum speed and taking a hard left causes passengers to be thrown from the vehicle. Teenagers and other operators need to be aware of these risks before taking the wheel. The leading two causes of the most severe injuries are roll-over and passenger ejection.
You’ll notice that we mentioned ‘passenger ejection,’ yet haven’t mentioned the driver. It wasn’t an oversight. When a sharp left turn and speed combine to cause an accident, the driver has two things in their favor; the steering wheel and centrifugal force. Force will pull both riders to the right side of the cart, but the driver has the wheel to grip. When golf carts are not equipped with seat belts, there may be nothing to hold the passenger in place.
It’s a reasonable assumption that the passenger can reach out and grab the hip restraint to keep themselves from being ejected. That said, the manufacturer-installed hip bars may actually be too short to keep a person inside. In fact, a hip bar or restraint can act as a fulcrum; i.e. the rider isn’t held in by the bar but rotated by it on their way out. A Columbia golf cart accident attorney is well aware these ejections can lead to catastrophic injury, and also that safe driving is a key preventive.
The legislature in South Carolina has enacted several laws pertaining to golf carts. When a driver understands these rules and regulations, they are more likely to operate in a safer manner. Section 56-2-105 specifies that carts can only be operated during daylight hours. Other interesting points to note:
For those drivers who would like to take these low-speed vehicles more seriously, DuPont offers an online course that focuses on safety. It isn’t required by law, but it probably should be; operating a golf cart is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly.
Head injuries are the most common injury in passenger ejections and rollovers. A traumatic brain injury can cause a wealth of serious effects; a victim may lose memory, slip into a coma, or even be forced into a lifetime of assisted care. At Auger & Auger, our Columbia golf cart accident attorney believes that victims have an undeniable right to compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in such a collision, time is already ticking. The statute of limitation began as soon as the injury occurred. Our legal advocates are here for you and ready to fight for justice. We never want to add to your growing financial burden, which is why we offer clients our zero-fee guarantee. You don’t owe us anything unless we win your case.
Call (803) 470-5298 today for your free consultation, with no fees due until recovery!