How To Seek Compensation From An Accident Involving A Car And A Golf Cart
While visiting a golf course, you might decide to hop on a golf cart. This is a very convenient mode of transportation and is generally very safe because of how slowly the golf cart travels. However, if the driver chooses to drive across the street with the golf cart, and the cart is hit by a car, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
It's Dangerous to Drive a Golf Cart on the Road
The decision to drive a golf cart onto a road is very reckless. Golf carts are small and drivers are not likely to see the vehicle. Golf carts also do not come with the safety features found in vehicles that are meant for the road. They also can not move quickly to get out of the way of an oncoming vehicle.
There are many serious injuries that can result from a golf cart accident. You might suffer from a head injury, broken bones, lacerations, and even severed limbs. Regardless of how serious your injuries are, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Liability for Your Accident
After the accident, you will need to consult with a personal injury attorney to determine what you need to do next. You will need to figure out who is responsible for the accident. As a passenger, you will likely not hold any responsibility. However, both the driver of the automobile and the golf cart might be at fault.
While a golf cart might be difficult to see, the driver might also be partially responsible because they were distracted while driving. The car driver might have also been speeding at the time of the accident, or perhaps were likewise distracted, which could have contributed to the severity of the accident.
Your Accident Investigation
Your lawyer will investigate how the accident occurred and will then discuss with you the best legal strategy you can pursue to maximize the compensation you receive for your injuries.
In most cases, you will want to settle your case out of court. This is because going to trial is much more expensive than reaching a settlement with one or both parties. However, the settlement negotiation process can be difficult and you will need an experienced attorney to help you.
Oftentimes, the other party will want to offer a much lower settlement than what your case is worth. However, you will be able to negotiate a larger settlement if you are patient and work closely with your lawyer.