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Golf carts are a convenient way for players to navigate courses during a round of golf. However, when golf carts are poorly maintained or have defects, they can cause injuries to unsuspecting golfers. Golf courses have a responsibility to proactively address maintenance and safety issues with their cart fleet. Failure to do so opens them to liability claims if an incident occurs. This article examines golf course liability as it relates to unsafe or defective golf carts.
What is Considered Defective or Unmaintained?
Defective golf carts have flaws due to manufacturing errors or develop issues over time from lack of preventative maintenance. Some examples include faulty brakes, gas pedals sticking, loss of steering control, or parts breaking. Unmaintained carts may suffer worn tires, battery failures, sticky accelerators, cracking seats, or other problems due to neglect. Any condition impacting the safe operation of the cart could be considered a liability issue for the golf course.
Golf Course Duty of Care
Golf courses have a responsibility and duty of care to maintain their golf cart fleet in working order and meet safety standards. This includes completing routine inspections, following manufacturer maintenance guidelines, and fixing issues promptly. Failure to address a known problem cart demonstrates negligence if the cart later causes injuries.
Burden of Proof in Liability Claims
In liability claims resulting from a defective golf cart accident, the injured party carries the burden of proof. To successfully prove negligence and receive compensation, the plaintiff must conclusively establish:
• The golf course owed them a duty of care to provide safe, maintained carts
• The golf course breached this duty through neglect, errors, or oversights
• This breach directly caused the accident and subsequent injuries
• Quantifiable damages resulted – medical bills, lost wages, disabilities, etc.
Without definitive evidence supporting each aspect, the case against the golf course lacks merit. An attorney can help build a compelling argument to prove liability.
Common Causes of Golf Cart Injuries
While every defective cart incident has unique factors, most result from a few preventable issues:
Worn Tires and Brakes
Balding tires and faulty brakes send carts skidding out of control, especially downhill. Drivers attempt to stop or turn but cannot. These accidents cause collisions or rollovers off the cart path.
Gas/Accelerator Pedal Issues
When pedals stick, the cart takes off at high, uncontrollable speeds. Attempts to brake fail and imminent crashes result. Unmaintained gas pedals are a top culprit.
Steering Loss and Lock Ups
Power steering fluid leaks or rack and pinion wear will suddenly rob drivers of steering. The cart continues straight ahead regardless of wheel turning. This leads to crashes into objects or pedestrians.
Loose/Broken Components
When parts like axles, tie rods, or hitches snap, detach from decades of vibrations. Drivers and passengers can get thrown from fast-moving carts. Unsecured riders also get ejected by potholes or uneven terrain.
Recovering Damages in Defective Golf Cart Cases
Victims harmed by unmaintained golf carts face steep medical bills, potential disability, lost income, lowered quality of life, plus ongoing care costs. By holding negligent courses accountable through liability lawsuits or settlement agreements, the injured receive crucial compensation for their losses and suffering.
An experienced attorney in defective product litigation can substantially improve claim outcomes in several ways by:
• Conducting thorough accident investigations proving golf course negligence
• Identifying all insurance policies to maximize claim value
• Retaining subject matter experts to demonstrate liability
• Skillfully negotiating optimal settlements
• Taking non-compliant golf courses to trial if warranted
• Helping clients obtain money owed by all means
Don’t Delay – Contact an Attorney Immediately
Defective golf cart cases demand urgent legal guidance for several reasons. Evidence degrades, insurance claim windows expire, and injury impacts compound over time. Additionally, statute of limitations restrict available action to within 1 – 6 years normally. Anyone harmed by an unsafe golf cart should call an attorney from Denmon Pearlman Law straight away to shield their rights and ability to recover damages for critical medical care, lasting disability accommodations, and reduced quality of life. Powerful legal advocacy makes all the difference seeking fair compensation in defective golf cart liability claims.
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