Phoenix Golf Cart Accident Attorneys
Golf carts are a popular mode of transportation in Arizona, on and off the golf course. Considered motor vehicles under state law, they are often seen in the streets, riding alongside other vehicles. However, when a golf cart crashes, it can cause severe injuries to people inside and outside of the cart. Depending on who is at fault, the accident victims may be able to claim compensation for their injuries.
Anyone injured in a golf cart accident should speak to a Phoenix personal injury attorney, like the ones at The Husband and Wife Law Team. We have over a decade of experience handling car accident claims in Arizona, and we know what to do. Call us for a free case evaluation at (602) 267-1280.
The laws surrounding golf carts in Arizona are similar to those for other motor vehicles. Operators must have a valid driver’s license, they must register the vehicle with the Arizona Department of Transportation, and they must carry liability insurance for a minimum of $10,000 in property damage and $15,000 in bodily injury.
A unique law pertaining to golf carts in Arizona is that they cannot be equipped to travel faster than 25 miles per hour. They also cannot be driven on roads with speed limits higher than 35 miles per hour.
Like cars, golf carts must be equipped with brake lights, headlights, taillights, rearview mirrors, a license plate, and a horn. While these safety features are intended to prevent accidents, collisions still happen on the roads, and victims can sustain serious injuries.
Golf carts offer very little protection to riders. They are open on most sides, and their light weight makes them prone to rolling over. They have small tires and typically lack safety features such as doors, seatbelts, airbags, and mirrors. Without these safety features, even a minor accident can cause catastrophic injuries, especially if the passengers inside the golf cart are ejected from the vehicle.
A golf cart crash can cause severe injuries, such as:
- Lacerations and deep tissue damage
- Broken bones, especially to the extremities
- Crush injuries
- Organ damage or internal injuries
- Spinal cord injury, nerve damage, or paralysis
- Brain injuries, including skull fracture
These injuries can be life-threatening and costly to treat. Because golf carts are required to carry liability insurance, any pedestrian hit by a golf cart may receive insurance benefits to help pay for some of the costs. And any golf cart hit by another vehicle may be covered under that vehicle’s liability policy. Dealing with insurance companies is never easy, though.
Arizona is a tort state, which means accident victims have to prove that someone else caused their injuries before being covered by that person’s insurance policy. Insurance companies try to avoid paying out on accident claims, as this will cut into their bottom line. They may offer an unfair settlement, or argue that the victim was at fault for the accident.
But the team at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., knows how insurance companies work, and how to get fair settlements from them. Our Phoenix car accident attorneys can speak to insurance companies on your behalf, and insurance companies don’t try the same tactics once a lawyer is involved.
With the number of golf carts on the road in Arizona, golf cart accidents are much more common than people think. If you have been injured in a golf cart accident due to someone else’s negligence, call The Husband and Wife Law Team at (602) 267-1280. We’ll fight to get you the compensation you deserve!