Golf Cart Accidents
When people think of vehicular accidents, they do not often think of golf carts. However, golf carts are legal on some streets in California, and many golf clubs dot the landscape of San Francisco. While people may visit these clubs with the sole intention of getting in a round, accidents happen here, too. Although many may not think of golf carts as causing substantial damage or injury, they certainly can. Sometimes golf carts are defective, or they crash into a person or another cart. In these cases, it is important that accident victims speak to a San Francisco golf cart accident lawyer who can help them claim the compensation they deserve.Liability in Golf Cart Accidents
Golf cart accidents are complex cases because they involve many different types of potential liability. Like any other personal injury case, golf cart accidents hinge on proving liability, or fault. To determine fault, the accident victim and his or her San Francisco golf cart accident lawyer must establish which party was negligent, or careless, in causing the accident.
A driver of a golf cart may have negligently driven the vehicle. All drivers, including those operating a golf cart, have a responsibility to drive their vehicle in a manner. If a golf cart driver raced past other carts on the course, or failed to watch for walking golfers and caused an accident, then he or she could be held liable.
Drivers are not the only parties that can be found liable in a golf cart accident. Golf clubs have certain obligations, too. Golf clubs must provide proper instructions on how to drive the golf cart and must warn of certain risks, such as the danger of rollovers or ejection from the golf cart.
Lastly, manufacturers are responsible for ensuring their products are safe to use. When they fail to do this and a defective golf cart causes an accident, manufacturers can be held liable for the resulting damages.
There are many potentially liable parties in a golf cart accident. A golf cart accident attorney in San Francisco can help injured individuals determine which party to hold liable.Common Golf Cart Accident Injuries
Just like other vehicular accidents, there are many different types of injuries that can be sustained in a golf cart accident. The most common of these include:
- Multiple fractures, which often require many surgeries
- Head injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Internal bleeding and internal organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries, such as torn ligaments
- Lacerations and potential infections
- Lower extremity injuries, such as knee injuries
- Spinal injuries, including herniated discs
When accident victims sustain these, or any other injuries in a San Francisco golf cart accident, they must speak to an attorney who can help.Were You in a Golf Cart Accident?
Most people do not think of the possibility of a golf cart accident until they are involved in one. If you have been hurt in a golf cart accident, call our golf cart accident attorneys in San Francisco today. At Willoughby Brod, LLP, we have the experience necessary to determine who was liable for your crash, and hold them accountable for providing the compensation you need. Call us today at (800) 427-7020 for your free consultation so we can review your case.