Golf carts may seem like a fun, quick, and easy way to get around the golf course, but they can be more dangerous than you realize. Read on to learn more about golf cart accidents in New Jersey and what to do in the event of an injury.
Golf Cart Negligence
When a golf cart driver and his or her passengers act negligently, serious accidents can occur. The most common forms of negligence include:
- Passengers overcrowding the cart
- Passengers standing while the cart is in motion
- Driving while distracted
- Texting while driving
- Reversing downhill
- Hanging extremities outside of the cart
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Sharp turns
- Leaving the brake unlocked upon exiting
Golf Cart Accident Injuries
Golf cart injuries can be serious and even fatal. Golf cart accidents can result in:
- Strained neck
- Spinal injuries
- Damaged windpipes
- Foot injuries
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. In order to do this, be sure to:
- Call 911: The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, interview witnesses, and more.
- Document the scene: Take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. If possible, document your injuries and any damage done to the property.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Seek medical attention: You should go to the hospital immediately after your accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
- Reach out to an experienced attorney: A personal injury attorney may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, including security camera footage, and more.
- File your claim on time: In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured in a golf cart accident, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.
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Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.