Golf Cart Accident Attorney in Melbourne940 S. Harbor City Blvd,
Melbourne, FL 32901
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Golf Cart Accident Lawyers in Melbourne
Golf carts are no longer used just for getting around golf courses. They have become one of the most popular modes of transportation in the State of Florida.
Melbourne, Florida represents a prime example of how golf carts have emerged as a convenient way to run errands, as well as visit friends and family members. Nestled along the inlets that define the Space Coast, Melbourne is also home to several highly-rated golf courses that require the use of a golf cart to get around 18 holes. The combination of golf carts used for transportation on approved neighborhood streets and the vast number of golf carts moving around Melbourne golf courses has significantly increased the number of golf cart accidents.
If you sustained one or more injuries as a result of a golf cart accident, take immediate action by contacting one of the experienced golf cart lawyers in Melbourne, Florida. As a practice under personal injury law, golf car accident cases involve many of the same factors that define auto and motorcycle accidents. Your attorney conducts a detailed investigation to determine whether another party should assume legal liability for causing your injuries. Collecting physical evidence and interviewing witnesses helps your attorney put together a strong enough case that warrants the filing of a civil lawsuit that seeks monetary damages.
At Morgan and Morgan, our team of golf car accident lawyers in Melbourne has the experience and legal expertise to provide the legal support you need to recover financial losses. Since 1988, Morgan and Morgan has recovered more than $14 billion in monetary damages for clients that filed personal injury lawsuits. A percentage of the recovered compensation came from golf cart accident cases. We help clients file persuasive insurance claims, as well as gather the physical evidence they need to take legal action in the form of filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Learn more about how Morgan and Morgan can help you receive just compensation by scheduling a free case evaluation today with one of our golf cart accident lawyers in Melbourne.
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What Factors Cause the Most Golf Cart Accidents?
During the free case evaluation that you schedule with one of the golf cart accident lawyers in Melbourne from Morgan and Morgan, one of the first items on the agenda is for your attorney to determine the cause of the collision. Determining the cause of a personal injury incident is the first step required for proving negligence.
With more than 30 years of experience, our team of personal injury attorneys has come up with a list of the four most common factors that cause golf cart accidents.
Operating Under the Influence
Whether it is playing 18 holes or navigating neighborhood streets, operating a golf cart while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol dramatically increases the risk of getting involved in a crash. Drugs and alcohol impair judgment, which translates into the operator of a golf cart making unnecessary maneuvers such as riding over unfriendly terrain or running through stop signs. Using drugs and alcohol while operating a golf cart also slows down reaction times.
Many golf courses present golfers with challenges such as undulating terrain. Golf carts, especially those operating at higher than recommended speeds, can tip over when moving too fast on the side of hills. Reckless driving on a neighborhood street can include passing slow-moving vehicles and operating a golf cart outside of the proper lane. Some of the injuries that result from a golf cart accident caused by reckless driving include whiplash and a concussion.
Defective Golf Cart
If you sustained one or more injuries because of a defective golf cart, you might have a strong enough case to file a product liability lawsuit. Your attorney determines whether a defect in the design or the construction of a golf cart led to an accident that caused you harm. The types of defects that can diminish the safety of golf carts include faulty brakes and inferior steering.
Negligence of Another Party
Because golf carts are allowed on some neighborhood streets, another party operating a motor vehicle can cause an accident that produces serious injuries. Drivers of motor vehicles must follow traffic laws established by state and local governments, such as speed limits and no passing signs. If another party caused a golf cart accident that forced you to seek immediate medical care, contact one of the golf cart accident lawyers in Melbourne from Morgan and Morgan to discuss your case.
How Should I Respond to a Golf Cart Accident?
If you sustained one or more injuries as a result of a golf cart accident, you should follow a series of steps to build a strong enough case to file a civil lawsuit that seeks monetary damages.
Contact Law Enforcement and Golf Course Management
If you are involved in a golf cart accident that happened on a neighborhood street in Melbourne, contacting the Melbourne Police Department should be the first item on your to-do list. The responding officer completes an incident report that your attorney refers to when conducting an investigation into your case. On the other hand, if the golf cart accident unfolded on a local golf course, contacting course management sets in motion the other steps required when responding to a golf car collision.
Get Medical Care
Because of the lack of protection provided by safety features, victims of golf cart accidents often sustain serious injuries. The impact of a crash can send both the driver and passenger of a golf cart several feet outside of a golf cart. Injuries such as fractures, severe head trauma, and spinal cord damage require immediate medical care. Even if you feel healthy enough to remain at the scene of a golf cart accident, you eventually should undergo diagnostic tests to detect any possible injuries.
Taking photographs after a golf cart accident can help your personal injury attorney determine fault. The tire tracks left on the sod of a golf course offer insight into which party committed an operating error. Traffic camera footage captured from a neighborhood location can reveal whether one or more parties should assume legal liability for causing the golf cart accident. Evidence also includes photos of your injuries, as well as copies of medical bills and records.
Speak with Witnesses
You do not want to interview witnesses after a golf cart collision. Instead, collect the names and contact information of every witness to hand over to one of the golf cart accident lawyers in Melbourne from Morgan and Morgan. Witness accounts provide legal support for the physical evidence gathered at the scene of a golf cart crash.
Contact a Morgan and Morgan Personal Injury Attorney
Before you contact your insurance company or the insurance company of another party, schedule a free case evaluation with one of the golf cart accident lawyers in Melbourne from Morgan and Morgan. Far too many insurance companies like to take advantage of policyholders that file claims without the legal support of a personal injury lawyer. Working with a personal injury attorney ensures you receive a fair offer for compensation.
How Does Comparative Fault Impact a Golf Cart Accident Case?
Florida follows the comparative fault doctrine when assigning blame for causing a personal injury incident. Comparative fault means two or more parties must share legal liability. For example, if a motor vehicle struck your golf cart because of a failure to signal and you did not notice the other vehicle because you focused on an incoming text message, both parties might assume responsibility for causing a golf cart accident. If the judge hearing your case declares you should assume 40 percent of legal liability because of the texting distraction, an award of $25,000 becomes an award of $15,000 because of your 40 percent legal liability for causing the collision.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Filing a Golf Cart Accident Lawsuit in Florida?
As with other types of personal injury cases, you have a limited amount of time to take legal action after a golf cart accident. Each state has set a deadline for plaintiffs to file a civil lawsuit that seeks monetary damages. Most states have established a statute of limitations between two and four years, while a few states extend the deadline as long as six years and reduce the amount of time to take legal action to one year. Florida provides plaintiffs with four years to file a civil lawsuit that seeks monetary damages except for cases involving elder abuse. The clock starts ticking on a golf car accident lawsuit on the day of the collision.
Just because you have four years to file a civil lawsuit that seeks monetary damages does not mean you should procrastinate when building a personal injury case. The golf cart accident lawyers in Melbourne from Morgan and Morgan recommend acting with a sense of urgency when filing a personal injury lawsuit. You have to remember that you are responsible for paying every bill until you receive compensation in the form of an approved insurance claim and/or a favorable legal judgment issued by a civil court judge. Another reason to act with a sense of urgency involves getting statements from witnesses. Witness accounts tend to be much more reliable the closer they are given to the date of a personal injury incident.
If you do not meet the deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Florida, the court clerk processing your case has the legal power to remove your case from the judicial docket.
Get the Just Compensation You Deserve
The primary goal of the golf cart accident lawyers in Melbourne from Morgan and
Morgan is to get clients the compensation that they deserve. You have the opportunity to recover three types of monetary damages.
Economic damages cover the costs associated with diagnostic tests, treatment programs, and physical therapy sessions. You also should seek compensation for prescription medications and the use of an assistive device. Another party found negligent for causing a golf cart accident might have to pay for the repairs done to your golf cart, as well as to other objects like jewelry and electronic devices.
Getting involved in a golf cart accident can trigger emotional distress issues, which non-economic damages cover. Punitive damages penalize the defendant for committing one or more acts of negligence.
Learn more about the type of compensation that you might qualify for by scheduling a free case evaluation with one of the golf cart accident lawyers in Melbourne from Morgan and Morgan.