Naples Injury Attorneys Warn Golf Cart Accidents Can Be Serious

by Carmen Dellutri on July 16, 2012

Fort Myers injury attorneyFor many, golf carts make getting around the golf course or your retirement community quicker and easier. However, many often forget that these moving vehicles, which can reach speeds of 20 mph, also pose risks if not operated safely.

As Naples injury attorneys, we know that some golf cart accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death. Just last month, a 27-year-old woman from Land O’ Lakes, Florida was killed when she was thrown from a golf cart at a local country club.

A study in the June issue of The American Journal of Preventive Medicine confirms that the number of serious golf cart accidents is rising. The report found that injuries rose 132 percent from 1990 to 2006. Nearly 150,000 people were injured in golf cart accidents from either falling off or being run over during that timeframe.

As the study notes, golf carts are no longer confined to country clubs and other facilities. They are routinely used at sporting events, hospitals, airports, national parks, college campuses, retirement communities, businesses and military bases. Of the accidents studied, about 70 percent occurred at a sports or recreational facility, while 15 percent of injuries happened on the street and another 15 percent occurred around homes or on a farm.

The study also highlights that children are particularly at risk for injury. In fact, nearly one-third of injuries involved children. Of those, 50 percent of the injuries were related to falling or jumping from a golf cart or the cart overturning. Children were at highest risk for falls, and a fall was twice as likely to cause a head or neck injury.

Given the risks associated with golf carts, we urge our readers to treat these vehicles like they would a car or truck. That means obeying speed limits, following the rules of the road, and avoiding drugs and alcohol when behind the wheel.

Source: Herald Tribune

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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