Are you thinking about purchasing a golf cart for recreational use in Florida? Or were you recently injured in a collision, or did a family member sustain severe or fatal injuries in a golf cart crash? Our experienced West Palm Beach golf cart accident lawyers are here to help you understand the dangers associated with golf carts and your options for seeking compensation after a serious golf cart crash. While golf carts are prevalent throughout South Florida, drivers and passengers are injured in these motorized vehicles much more often than they should be.
Golf Carts Are Dangerous
Although golf carts might seem much safer than other types of vehicles, they are extremely dangerous. Indeed, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), between the ten-year period of 2007-2017, more than 156,000 people required treatment in emergency departments for golf cart injuries.
Liability Will Depend Upon the Facts of Your Case
Liability for a golf cart accident will depend upon the particular facts of the case. It is critical to have an experienced golf cart accident lawyer in Florida evaluate your case to help you determine who to sue in your lawsuit. Generally speaking, however, the following parties are examples of people or entities that may be liable in a golf cart collision lawsuit:
- Driver of the golf cart;
- Driver of a motor vehicle that crashed into the golf cart;
- Owner of the property where the golf cart accident occurred;
- Owner of the golf cart;
- Mechanic who serviced the golf cart;
- Designer of the golf cart or one of its parts in the event of a product defect; and/or
- Manufacturer of the golf cart or one of its parts.
You Must File Your Lawsuit Before the Statute of Limitations Runs Out
If you were injured in a golf cart accident and you want to file a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party, you will need to file your claim before the statute of limitations runs out. For most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations under Florida law is four years. As such, you will need to file your lawsuit within four years from the date of the golf cart accident.
However, we want to emphasize that the statute of limitations is different for a wrongful death lawsuit. If you lost a loved one in a golf cart accident, you should know that a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years from the date of death. If the statute of limitations runs out—in either a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit—the claim will become time-barred under Florida law.
Seek Advice from a Golf Cart Accident Attorney in Florida
Whether you or a loved one sustained a serious or deadly injury in a golf cart accident in Florida, our experienced personal injury attorneys in West Palm Beach are here to assist you. We know that golf carts can be an easy mode of transportation around gated communities and are essential for enjoying a game of golf in Florida, but we also know how dangerous the vehicles can be. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our firm to learn more about filing a claim. Contact Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith PLLC today for more information about the services we provide to clients in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Wellington, and across South Florida.