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How to Find Golf Cart Accident Lawyers in Florida
Golf carts are a common sight in Florida, not only on golf courses but also on public roads. Despite their low speed, golf carts can cause serious accidents with devastating injuries and even fatalities. Over 18,000 golf cart-related injuries occur in the United States each year. Severe injuries can leave victims in physical, emotional, and financial dire straits.
If you got hurt in a golf cart accident, you could potentially recover compensation for your healthcare costs and other expenses. However, finding an accident lawyer who knows the laws applying to golf carts could be crucial for your case. Morgan & Morgan’s experienced FL golf cart accident lawyers can help. Contact us now for a free review of your case.
Golf Cart Accidents
Golf carts can be operated legally on some roads and can lawfully cross a county road or highway in Florida. However, golf carts were not designed to be used on roads. Most lack the essential safety features of roadworthy vehicles, such as:
- Signal lights
- Windshield wipers
Common accidents with golf carts include rollover accidents, falling from the cart, and colliding with cars.
Injuries in Golf Cart Accidents
According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, golf cart injuries are on the rise. Injuries in golf cart accidents can potentially be just as severe as those suffered in motor vehicle accidents and can include:
- Traumatic brain injury and other head injuries
- Spinal cord damage and paralysis
- Road rash and lacerations
- Neck and back injuries
- Knee injuries
A catastrophic or disabling injury can be physically and emotionally devastating and result in steep medical bills for years to come. If someone else is responsible for your injury, you deserve justice. Finding an experienced and dedicated golf cart accident lawyer could help you pursue the compensation you need to rebuild your life.
Filing an Insurance Claim After a Golf Cart Accident
Unfortunately, filing an insurance claim when you get hurt in a golf cart accident is not as straightforward as in a car accident. Since golf carts are generally not classified as Low-Speed Vehicles (LSVs) under Florida law, owners are not required to carry insurance. Moreover, if you get hurt, you are generally not entitled to any Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits from your own insurer since a golf cart does not normally qualify as a motor vehicle.
While some homeowner insurance policies offer coverage, not all do. It is mostly up to the owner of the golf cart to obtain a policy with liability coverage. In short, when it comes to filing an insurance claim for damages arising from a golf cart accident, you could be out of luck. Your only option to get what you deserve could be filing a lawsuit.
Golf Cart Accident Lawyers Can Handle a Variety of Cases
As golf carts have become increasingly popular in Florida due to their manageable size, low cost, and low maintenance, accidents with the vehicles have also increased.
Cases We Handle
FL golf cart accident attorneys deal with a variety of accident claims, including but not limited to:
- Collisions between golf carts
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Accidents due to overcrowding of golf carts
- Golf carts struck by cars or other motor vehicles
- Accidents due to defective roads
- Passengers falling off or getting thrown from carts
Finding a Good Golf Cart Accident Lawyer in Florida
Golf cart laws and regulations vary markedly from the laws dealing with motor vehicles. Therefore, you should look for an accident lawyer who knows about the specific issues and laws relevant to golf carts. For example, a good golf cart accident lawyer should know the difference between the laws applying to LSVs and golf carts, as the laws applying to the two types of vehicles diverge. The best attorney for your case will have handled other golf cart injury cases.
Asking for Referrals
Word of mouth can be a great way to find a good FL golf cart accident attorney. You could ask friends, family, and coworkers whether they have worked with a good attorney. You could also ask any attorneys you know if they are aware of a colleague who specializes in golf cart accidents.
Using Online Resources
A good first step can be to simply type “golf cart accident lawyers in Florida” into a search engine, and you will probably come up with a few names of law firms and attorneys. However, make sure to check clients’ reviews which can offer great insight into how satisfied past clients are with their legal representation. You can also use free online databases such as Avvo or Martindale to search for lawyers and check their credentials.
Schedule Free Consultations with Golf Cart Accident Lawyers
One step you should not skip in searching for a good golf cart accident lawyer in FL is a personal meeting. Once you have compiled a list of a few potential candidates, make sure to schedule some free consultations to get to know the attorney, the legal team, and the office you would be working with. This is also your opportunity to find out about the lawyer’s track record. Good questions to ask at the consultation can include:
- How many golf cart accident cases have you handled?
- Have you won a case at trial?
- How much experience do you have with my type of injury?
- What is the approximate worth of my golf cart accident case?
- Will you or someone else handle my lawsuit?
- What are my costs if I lose the case?
- Do you charge upfront attorney’s fees?
How you feel about the attorney and law firm after the consultation can be an important indicator. Do you think you could build a good rapport with the legal team? If the attorney or a member of their team answered your questions truthfully and did not brush your concerns aside or seemed disinterested, you may have found a good match.
Make Sure You Know the Attorney’s Fee Structure
Knowing how you are expected to pay your attorney can avoid any unpleasant surprises later on. Most golf cart accident attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means they only get paid if they win your case. However, you could be liable for other costs and expenses, including:
- Costs for pulling and copying documents
- Court filing fees
- Expert witnesses’ fees
- Mailing costs and other miscellaneous expenses
While some lawyers will include these expenses in their final fee, others may ask you for upfront payment. Morgan & Morgan understands that money can be tight when you get hurt in an accident. When we agree to take on your golf cart accident case, you pay nothing until we win, and you recover compensation.
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Do I Have a Golf Cart Accident Case?
Golf cart drivers must obey applicable traffic laws if they drive on public roads. Similarly to motor vehicle accidents, golf cart accidents can occur due to negligent driving behaviors such as:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals
If you suffered injuries in a golf cart accident that occurred due to the negligent behaviors of another, you could potentially sue the negligent party and recover damages.
What Are My Next Steps After a Golf Cart Accident?
If you suffered injuries in a golf cart accident, make sure you get medical attention as soon as possible. A thorough check-up can prevent any undiagnosed and potentially serious injuries from going undetected. Other steps to protect your legal rights can include:
- Collecting evidence such as photographs of the accident
- Contacting law enforcement
- Gathering contact information of witnesses and other drivers
- Making sure to follow your medical care plan
- Collecting receipts and other proof of your damages
- Contacting a golf cart accident attorney
What Is the Cost of Hiring a Golf Accident Lawyer in Florida?
Our golf cart accident lawyers work on a contingency basis and will only recover their fee if they win and you receive a settlement. However, not all accident attorneys work with a contingency fee arrangement. Before deciding to hire an attorney, make sure you know what they charge. Some accident attorneys work with hourly fees or retainers that could leave you several thousand dollars out of pocket if you lose your case.
What Is the Average Settlement in a Golf Cart Accident Case?
There is no such thing as an average settlement in a golf cart accident case. The types and amounts of damages victims could receive will depend on their specific accident and injuries. However, a seasoned attorney can analyze your case and determine the damages you could seek.
Golf cart accident victims could potentially recover the following types of damages as well as others from the negligent party or an insurance company:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Future loss of income and future lost earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses
Non-economic damages could make up a significant portion of your overall settlement if you suffered a severe injury and could include awards for:
- Physical pain and anguish
- Emotional trauma
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Permanent disability
- Loss of a limb or a sense
- Loss of life quality
You could potentially recover other or additional types of compensation in your specific case.
Can I Recover an Out-of-Court Settlement?
Most personal injury claims are resolved out of court, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Reaching a settlement out of court can be advantageous for both sides as claims are usually resolved much quicker and with less expense than going all the way to trial. The chances are, therefore, relatively high that you could receive an out-of-court settlement.
However, depending on the complexity of your case and the damages you are seeking, the at-fault party or their insurance company may resist a fair settlement. When this happens, you have to be prepared to go to court to fight for the compensation you deserve.
A golf cart accident attorney at Morgan & Morgan can negotiate strongly with the at-fault party and their insurance company to fight for a fair out-of-court settlement. However, your lawyer will know when the time has come to file a lawsuit and take your case to court.
How Morgan & Morgan Can Help
Our experienced and committed golf cart accident lawyers can help victims of golf cart accidents in various ways. Our first priority is typically making sure that individuals receive the medical treatment they require. While you are recovering, we can work on the legal aspects of your case, including:
Offering Legal Advice and Guidance
Your attorney can identify your legal options and help you make informed decisions. They can thoroughly analyze your accident case, build a case against the at-fault party, and determine the best possible timing for legal action.
Gathering Evidence to Prove Your Case
The process of gathering evidence should start as soon as the golf cart accident occurs. An attorney can take the weight off your shoulders and collect the necessary evidence to prove negligence. They can also consult with your medical providers to obtain any medical reports or physician statements required for proving your injuries.
Presenting Your Case Strongly
Whether it is negotiating with the at-fault party’s insurance company or fighting for what you deserve in court, our tenacious attorneys are determined to leave no stone unturned in pursuing the justice and compensation you deserve. We never settle for less.
Most of all, having an experienced accident attorney on your side will give you peace of mind and the knowledge that your rights are fully protected.
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Morgan & Morgan has helped the injured for over 30 years and won more than $20 billion for clients. We could help you receive what you need to rebuild your life after getting hurt in an FL golf cart accident. Our compassionate attorneys and legal team members can give you the time and personal attention you deserve. Contact us now for a free evaluation of your golf cart case.
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