Golf carts do not seem especially dangerous, but when drivers and passengers act negligently, serious accidents can occur. Read on to learn more about golf cart accidents and what to do in the event of an injury.
How do Golf Cart Accidents Occur?
For many, golf carts are seen as a fun and easy way to get around the course. Unfortunately, the excitement and leniency surrounding golf carts can lead to serious accidents. Golf cart accidents can occur for a number of different reasons, including:
- Passengers overcrowding the cart
- Driving while distracted
- Reversing downhill
- Extremities outside of the cart
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Inattentive vehicular drivers
- Sharp turns
- Leaving the brake unlocked upon exiting
What do I do if I am Involved in a Golf Cart Accident?
If you are injured in a golf cart accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to prove that your injury occurred due to the negligence of another party. To do so, you should:
- Call 911: The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
- Document the scene: while waiting for the ambulance to arrive, be sure to take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their name and contact information- they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Seek medical attention: Be sure to go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after your accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents, as this can play a major role in your personal injury case.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to file your claim on time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
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