Golf is a popular sport in New Jersey, and it has a proud history dating back over 100 years. The New Jersey State Golf Association was founded way back in 1900, making it one of the first organizations of its kind in the world. However, the sport of golf has changed notably throughout the centuries, and it has evolved with the introduction of new technology. The golf cart was first invented in the 1930s by a Florida man. It was then made available to the general public in the 1950s. Since then, the golf cart has become a staple of any golf course worth its salt. But while golf carts offer plenty of conveniences, they also offer their fair share of hazards.
Many people have been injured in golf cart crashes over the years, and some of these accidents have been fatal. According to the most recent statistics, about 15,000 people suffer injuries each year due to golf cart accidents. This equates to almost 300 injuries per week. Recent studies have confirmed that about 40% of all golf cart accidents involve children and that children are about three times more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries as a result of these crashes. These accidents also make up 15% of all personal injury lawsuits faced by golf courses, which tells you that legal action is very common after golf cart crashes. But can you sue after a golf cart crash in New Jersey?
Trial Moving Forward After Newlyweds Struck While Driving Golf Cart
A woman who graduated from high school in New Jersey is facing criminal charges after striking a golf cart and killing a bride who had only recently exchanged vows with her new husband. The husband, also in the golf cart, was injured. The prosecution maintains that the former New Jersey resident was intoxicated when she hit the back of the golf cart. However, her defense attorney (also from New Jersey) is warning courts not to rush to judgment.
What is clear is that the defendant only briefly tapped the brakes before the impact, and she was traveling at 65 miles per hour in a zone with a speed limit of 25 miles per hour. She is facing charges of vehicular homicide and three counts of DUI causing death. It is not clear whether the victims and their family members will have the ability to sue, but they have successfully raised about $700,000 through a GoFundMe page.
Unsanctioned Rally Car Driver Faces Assault Charges after Hitting Golf Cart
Back in 2022, a driver who was competing in an unsanctioned auto event hit a golf cart, causing injuries to two adults and four juveniles in Linden. One of the victims had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital, while the other five occupants were unharmed.
When Can You Sue a Golf Course for Golf Cart Injuries?
Suing the at-fault driver is always the obvious option when it comes to personal injury lawsuits involving golf carts. This might be the driver of a road vehicle or the driver of another golf cart. You might have been struck by a golf cart as a pedestrian. In some cases, you may also have the opportunity to sue the owners of the golf course. For example, they may have rented the golf cart to people who were obviously intoxicated. They may have rented out a faulty golf cart with a higher chance of crashing. Owners might have failed to warn individuals about the dangers of golf carts, and they might have neglected to provide proper instructions on how to operate the vehicle. These situations all have the potential to lead to lawsuits.
Where Can I Find a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney in New Jersey?
If you have been searching for an experienced personal injury attorney in New Jersey, look no further than Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. Over the years, we have helped numerous accident victims in the Garden State – and we are well aware of how dangerous golf carts can be. Whether you were struck by a golf cart or hit by a car while driving a golf cart, you should always assess your legal options alongside a lawyer. During your initial consultation, we can determine the best action plan based on your unique circumstances. Remember, a personal injury lawsuit can provide you with compensation for medical expenses, missed wages, and non-economic damages. Book your consultation today to get started.