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  • Writer's pictureLeitner Varughese Warywoda

Golf Cart Accidents and New York Law

You do not have to travel too far outside the five boroughs to find some relaxing recreation right here in New York State. In the winter, you can take your pick of ski resorts, but skiing is not for the faint of heart. Skiing is rough on all but the healthiest bodies, and even if you are in excellent shape, you are one protruding branch or one momentary distraction away from bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, or traumatic brain injuries. 

Especially among New Yorkers who are old enough to receive correspondence from the AARP, golf is the preferred recreational activity in the warmer months. Some people retire to Florida so they can play golf all year, but the wisest New Yorkers know that all the relaxation you could ever want is within commuting distance of the Big Apple. Golf is not very dangerous unless you get hit with a flying golf ball or golf club or bitten by a rabid animal that has found its way onto the golf course. You may not think of golf carts as a major source of danger, but there are many ways that these cardboard boxes on wheels can cause injury. If you suffered injuries related to a golf cart, contact a New York car accident lawyer.

Golf Cart Dos and Don’ts

Although they may have the same boxy shape and poke along at the same speed, a golf cart is not the same as a low-speed vehicle (LSV). LSVs look like golf carts, except that they have license plates, headlights, seatbelts, and car-like brakes. It is legal to drive LSVs on public roads where the speed limit does not exceed 35 miles per hour, which is the maximum possible speed for a golf cart or LSV. By contrast, golf carts are not legal on public roads.

Therefore, the chances are minimal that a car will collide with a golf cart unless one of the vehicles unambiguously does not belong there. Meanwhile, there are plenty of other scenarios in which a golf cart can cause injury. A pedestrian getting hit by a golf cart at 35 miles per hour is almost as bad as a pedestrian getting hit by a car at that speed. A collision between a golf cart and a stationary object can cause serious injury to the occupants of the golf cart. 

Accidents can also happen when a passenger falls out of the golf cart. That warning about keeping your arms and legs inside the vehicle that you hear at amusement parks also applies to golf carts, as similar injuries can occur. If you get injured in a golf cart accident, you may be able to recover damages through a claim against the driver of the golf cart or against the golf course.

Contact Leitner Varughese Warywoda About Car Accident Cases

A personal injury lawyer can help you if you suffer a serious injury as a result of a golf cart accident. Contact Leitner Varughese Warywoda PLLC in Brooklyn, New York, or call (212)671-1110 to discuss your case.


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