Many people do not realize how dangerous golf carts can be. In fact, studies have shown that there are 15,000 or more serious golf cart accidents every year. These accidents can cause life-altering and even fatal injuries. If you are injured in a golf cart accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about golf cart accidents in Pennsylvania and what to do if an injury occurs.
How do Golf Cart Accidents Occur?
Golf cart accidents can happen for any number of reasons. But, the majority of accidents are due to driver and passenger negligence. The most common forms of negligence 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
- Sharp turns
- Leaving the brake unlocked upon exiting
What Kind of Injuries Occur in Golf Cart Accidents?
When golf cart accidents occur, they can result in serious injuries. Some injuries commonly sustained in golf cart accidents include:
- Strained neck
- Spinal injuries
- Damaged windpipes
- Foot injuries
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you have been injured 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 file your claim in time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean you will be barred from suing and you will lose the opportunity to recover compensation. To avoid this, reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If you have been injured in a golf cart accident due to the negligence of another party, you will need the help of a skilled personal injury attorney. Our firm is here to advocate for you every step of the way. Reach out today to discuss your case.
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