Part 1: Top 10 Causes of Golf Cart Accidents (10-6)
Golf carts are designed to carry golfers and their golfing gear throughout the duration of their game. These small vehicles come in many different variations, but all have the purpose of carrying passengers to and from short distances.
Golf carts are a very popular mode of transportation in gated communities, sporting events, hospitals, airports, college campuses, and even military bases. With the added use of golf carts on the roads, there has been a steady increase in the number of golf cart accidents. Even though they are thought of as safe, reliable, and versatile, our Villages Golf Cart Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton know first hand that golf carts may not always be as safe as they appear to be. Mishaps can and do occur, even in retirement communities like The Villages.
Here are 5 of the top 10 causes of Golf Cart Accidents in The Villages:
- 10. Making sharp turns
- 9. Eating, drinking, talking on the phone or texting while driving
- 8. Inattentive drivers
- 7. Racing or other playing around on the cart.
- 6. Too many passengers crowding in the cart or standing.
Despite the fact that most golf carts have maximum speeds of just 10-15 miles per hour, they can still be quite dangerous when drivers or passengers fail to conduct themselves properly.
In order to prevent golf cart accidents in The Villages, there are certain safety protocols that must be enforced. You should treat the golf cart like driving a regular car, pay attention to your surroundings, drive carefully over sharp turns and difficult terrain and never drive when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additionally, golf carts should not be overfilled with passengers and all drivers should remain seated while the golf cart is moving to prevent the cart from tipping over.