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Austin Golf Cart Accident Lawyer

For assistance with your golf cart accident claim, contact a qualified golf cart accident attorney.

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Golf carts are a quick and enjoyable way to move around a golf course or the streets of a small neighborhood. However, despite their modest size, when golf cart accidents occur, victims may experience significant harm. If you’ve sustained injuries in a golf cart accident, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit and receive financial compensation for losses caused by the incident, such as lost wages and medical expenses. To understand your rights and the steps needed to file a claim, contact a qualified golf cart accident attorney as soon as possible.

What Elements Determine Liability in an Austin Golf Cart Accident Claim?

A crucial component of making any kind of personal injury claim is establishing liability.

When assessing who may be at fault for a golf cart accident, there are various factors to take into account, such as the following:

  • An intoxicated driver
  • Mechanical problems
  • Proper maintenance
  • Driver’s license requirements
  • Age requirements
  • Accident location
  • The golf cart’s owner
  • The golf cart’s condition

Further, several parties may have caused or contributed to the accident that harmed you including the golf cart’s manufacturer, the seller, another driver, or others. Property owners may also be held responsible if the accident happened due to the failure to address any known hazards on their property. Since more than one party could be responsible for your accident, you may seek compensation from multiple parties.

What if I'm Partially At-Fault for My Golf Cart Accident?

In cases where the plaintiff is found to share some of the responsibility for an accident, Texas employs a kind of comparative negligence known as proportionate responsibility. Through comparative negligence, the total compensation you may recover may be reduced if you’re found to be partially responsible for the damages caused by the accident. However, as long as you are less than 50% at fault, you are still entitled to compensation.

Rules for Using Golf Carts on Austin's Roads

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) classifies golf carts, off-road vehicles, and neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) as unique vehicles. According to TxDMV, a golf cart is defined as a motor vehicle designed by the manufacturer to be used on a golf course. Golf carts cannot be without mirrors, a parking brake, reflectors, headlamps, and taillamps.

Though they are not titled or registered by the TxDMV, golf carts are eligible for their own license plate. On public roadways, golf carts with a golf cart license plate are allowed in places like the following:

  • A master-planned community that has a typical set of restrictive covenants and a county or municipality-approved plat
  • A beach that is public or private and is reachable by car
  • On a road with a posted speed restriction of 35 mph less than two miles from the usual parking space where the driver is going to and from a golf course during the day,
  • Crossing intersections where the posted speed limit is higher than 35 mph, such as those with highways

Additionally, certain counties and cities may allow the use of golf carts on public roads inside their city limits or in some counties’ unincorporated districts. If a golf cart is being used on a city or county-approved route, the golf cart’s license plate must always be visible. Also, the route must have a 35 mph speed limit. If a golf cart is being driven on the road at a speed of 25 mph or less, it must display the slow-moving vehicle symbol.

What Kind of Compensation Could I Receive for an Austin Golf Cart Accident?

Trying to estimate the value of your case can be challenging because every case is unique.

It’s crucial to remember that the amount of compensation you receive for your golf cart accident claim will depend on how much money you lost due to the accident, as well as other costs. Emotional damages may be calculated in this figure as well.

Your damages award should account for everything for which you deserve payment. In personal injury lawsuits involving golf carts, you may be entitled to compensation for various losses, including the following:

  • Medical treatment
  • Loss of income
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

It can take a lot of time and effort to sort through paperwork, acquire proof, and put together a compelling case, especially if you are unfamiliar with golf cart accidents and personal injury law. Our attorneys will establish liability to hold the responsible party accountable for your golf cart accident.

Contact Our Attorneys Today

Golf cart collisions are not as common as auto collisions. However, like auto accidents, after a golf cart accident, you may find yourself overloaded with financial obligations, lifestyle choices, insurance issues, and paperwork. Additionally, because golf cart accidents are distinct from other types of accidents, filing a successful claim requires an in-depth understanding of the relevant laws.

Contact Hilliard Law if you need legal assistance with your golf cart accident claim. Since 1985, Hilliard Law has successfully represented clients in the US and Mexico. With years of experience and recognition, our firm may be able to secure the best possible outcome for your case. If we take your case, we will work on a Contingent Fee basis, which means you don’t pay us unless we win.

Call us at (866) 927-3420 or fill out our contact form. 

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What an Austin Golf Cart Accident Lawyer Can Do to Help

Serious, permanent injuries can result from golf carts colliding with other carts, people on foot, and passenger vehicles. Approximately 150,000 people were treated in emergency rooms between 1990 and 2006 due to golf cart accidents, according to a study on golf cart-related injuries in the US. 50% of patients had soft tissue injuries such as lacerations, cuts, and bruises. 40% of all injuries were caused by falling from golf carts.

After suffering harm due to someone else’s careless, negligent, or reckless behavior, you may be dealing with costly medical bills, as well as severe pain and suffering. You shouldn’t have to bear these consequences alone. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help guide you through the court system and fight for the fair maximum compensation you deserve.

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