Pennsylvania Personal Injury and Product Liability Attorneys
Golf carts and utility vehicles are used across Pennsylvania for more than just a game of golf. These types of vehicles include golf carts used for resorts, college campuses, first responders and maintenance. A new bill passed in Pennsylvania will now allow certain utility vehicles and golf carts access to public roads. In the past, these vehicles were not recognized by the state’s Vehicle Code. Senate Bill 785, will allow low-speed utility vehicles to drive one mile on public roads. Any first responder all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) such as fire, police and EMS, can go up to two miles on a highway and use sirens and lights. It is important to remember, anyone over the age of 12 can drive a golf cart; however, you must be 16 or older to cross a highway unless accompanied by an adult.
As with any vehicle on public road ways, accidents can always happen. If you or a loved one were injured in a golf cart accident due to someone’s negligence or due to a defective golf cart, contact Berger and Green, the personal injury and product liability lawyers in Pittsburgh. Call 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation.
What causes golf cart accidents?
Some of the most common causes of golf cart accidents include:
- Reckless operation of the golf cart
- Inexperienced or underage drivers
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Poor judgment
- Dangerous road conditions
- Defective golf carts
Who can victims hold liable for a golf cart accident?
Like all vehicular accidents in Pittsburgh, any party that causes or contributes to a golf cart accident may be liable for the victims’ damages.
If you were struck by another golf cart or a car, the at fault driver may be held liable for the damages sustained in the accident
If the golf cart was defective and malfunctioned, then the manufacturer may be held liable.
Also, the golf cart driver may be liable for their passengers’ injuries if they caused the accident.
Because there are various factors when determining liability, it is important to contact an attorney to review your case.
What rights do golf cart accident victims have?
If another party caused your accident, you have the right to file a claim to seek compensation for damages you sustained in the accident. Family members of fatal accident victims can file a wrongful death claim against the at fault party.
Because golf cart accidents can cause severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, it is important to consider your present and future needs when pursuing a personal injury claim. You may be entitled to recover monetary and non-monetary damages such as:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Long-term care and disability
- Loss of wages and lost capacity to work
- Loss of work benefits, perks, and promotion
- Emotional damages, e.g., pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of support, loss of income, and loss of consortium for family members in wrongful death cases
Recovering compensation after an injury from an accident.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in an accident involving a utility vehicle or golf cart, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to contact a personal injury attorney to review your rights. Call 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh at Berger and Green today.