Ever consider the dangers of golf carts? Apparently, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have. According to an article in the Birmingham News, there are 1,000 people injured every month while riding a golf cart. Half of these injuries occur while on the golf course, but since golf cart use has increased in neighborhoods by adolescents, teenagers, and senior citizens, injuries are occurring more often.
The study found that fractures and head injuries are the most common injuries. These injuries occur most often in children aged 10-19 and men older than 80. Why do these injuries occur? Golf carts have short wheel bases, and as a result, they are susceptible to flipping over. Additionally, many people who ride in golf carts do not wear helmets, and no seat belts are provided.
Notwithstandingthis known hazard, what would happen if someone were injured in a golf cart and a lawsuit were to be filed? Would the person and attorney be ridiculed for filing a frivolous claim? Would the claim be frivolous? I would say, depending on the facts, no. If researchers at UAB have determined that 1,000 injuries occur per month on average, it’s a known problem, and those who are in charge of manufacturing golf carts and maintaining the golf carts should take care to reduce such injuries. When they don’t, they should be held accountable.