Ocala Golf Cart Accidents Lawyer

Golf is by and large considered a recreational activity that allows for maximum relaxation, so most people are not prepared to suddenly suffer serious injuries while golfing. On courses that allow for golf carts, injuries caused by these types of vehicles are common.

A 2008 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, there were an estimated 147,696 nonfatal golf cart-related injuries treated in emergency departments in the United States from 1990 to 2006. The number of golf cart-related injuries increased 132.3 percent over the 17-year study period.

As more people take to golf courses in Ocala, these types of accidents and injuries are more likely to occur. It is critical for victims in such cases to quickly seek legal representation.

The Glover Law Firm represents people injured in golf cart accidents on courses throughout the Ocala area. Call (352) 205-4495 or fill out an online contact form to have our attorney review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free consultation.

Golf Courses in Ocala

Ocala is home to a number of different golf courses, many of which provide golf carts. Some of the courses in Ocala include:

Baseline Golf Course and Lighted Driving Range

9000 Southeast 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34480
(352) 245-4414

Candler Hills Golf Club & Practice Facility

8137 Southwest 90th Terrace Road
Ocala, FL 34481
(352) 861-9712

Country Club at Silver Springs Shores

633 Silver Rd
Ocala, FL 34472
(352) 687-2828

Country Club of Ocala

6823 SE 12th Circle
Ocala, FL 34480
(352) 237-6644

Del Webb’s Spruce Creek Eagle Ridge Golf Club

13605 Del Webb Boulevard
Summerfield, FL 34491
(352) 307-1668

Del Webb Stone Creek

9676 SW 62nd Loop
Ocala, FL 34476
(352) 854-1272

Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club

4782 Northwest 80th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34482
(352) 629-7981

Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club

8300 NW 31st Lane Road
Ocala, FL 34482
(800) 251-7674

Grand Lake RV & Golf Resort

4555 West Highway 318
Orange Lake, FL 32681
(352) 591-3474

Heartwood II LLC (SummerGlen Country Club)

1450 Southwest 154th Street Road
Ocala, FL 34473
(352) 307-1766

Huntington Golf Club

799 Marion Oaks Manor
Ocala, FL 34473
(352) 347-3333

Juliette Falls

6933 SW 179th Ave Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432
(352) 522-0309

Lake Diamond Golf & Country Club

16 Golf View Drive
Ocala, FL 34472
(352) 687-1000

The Links of Spruce Creek

18050 Southeast 102nd Terrace
Summerfield, FL 34491
(352) 347-6172

Marion Oaks Golf & Country Club

430 Marion Oaks Golf Way
Ocala, FL 34473
(352) 347-1271

Oak Run Country Club

8900 Southwest 110th Street
Ocala, FL 34481
(352) 854-0122

Ocala Golf Club

3130 E Silver Springs Blvd
Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 401-6917

Ocala Municipal Golf Course

3130 East Silver Springs Boulevard
Ocala, FL 34470
(352) 401-6917

Ocala National Golf Club

4782 Northwest 80th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34482
(352) 629-7980

Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club

5174 Northwest 26th Street
Ocala, FL 34482
(352) 732-4653

On Top of the World Golf Club

8447 SW 99th Street Road
Ocala, FL 34481

Pine Oaks of Ocala

2201 Northwest 21st Street
Ocala, FL 34475
(352) 401-6940

Rainbow’s End Golf & Country Club

20650 SW 80th Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34431
(352) 489-4566

RiverView Lounge

19650 Fox Trail
Dunnellon, FL 34432
(561) 271-6651

Rolling Greens Executive Golf Course

1415 W Gleneagles Rd
Ocala, FL 34472
(352) 624-0511

Royal Oaks Golf Club

11220 Southwest 69th Circle
Ocala, FL 34476
(352) 861-1818

The Spruce Creek Preserve Golf Club

13601 SW 115th Avenue
Dunnellon, FL 34432
(352) 861-3131

Stone Creek Golf Club

9676 SW 62nd Loop
Ocala, FL 34481
(352) 854-1272

Stonecrest Golf Club

11560 Southeast 176th Place Road
Summerfield, FL 34491
(352) 245-0565

SummerGlen Golf Club Community

15480 Southwest 13th Circle
Ocala, FL 34473
(352) 245-3897

Causes of Golf Cart Accidents

People may be injured in any one of a number of possible kinds of golf cart accidents. In cases involving mechanical issues with a golf cart causing an isolated incident, victims will generally have one of two types of claims:

  • Defective Product — If a golf cart accident is the result of a defective part, the manufacturer could be liable for any design defect or manufacturing defect. The manufacturer can also be liable for failure to warn about rollover or ejection risks in some cases.
  • Failure to Maintain — The course owner that provides golf carts for golfers must make sure to properly maintain these carts so they are safe to use. When an accident is the result of a golf cart malfunctioning because of a maintenance issue, the owner of the cart may be liable.

In February 2018, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Yamaha was recalling multiple model year 2015 through 2018 gas and electric-powered golf cars, personal transportation vehicles (PTVs), and utility vehicles. According to the CPSC, Yamaha received 285 reports of brake cables failing, although no injuries were reported.

Some golf cart accidents involve collisions with other golf carts or motor vehicles. Another common kind of golf cart accident injury simply involves golfers being struck by golf carts.

In some cases, people deliberately operate golf carts in a dangerous manner. When a person is injured by another person’s reckless use of a golf cart, they could indeed have a cause of action against the negligent cart operator. Cases involving intoxication could also result in dram shop claims being filed against establishments that over-served clearly intoxicated individuals.

Not all golf cart accidents necessarily occur on golf courses, and the locations of accidents can impact liability in some cases. Any company renting or loaning the golf cart for use has an obligation to provide instructions on safe usage of the vehicle.

Golf Cart Accident Injuries

The same 2008 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that most common type of injury suffered in golf cart accidents was soft tissue damage. The most common cause of injuries was falls from golf carts.

The study reported 1,553 soft tissue injuries, 798 fractures, 494 lacerations or amputations, 217 internal organ injuries, 86 concussions, and 264 injuries classified as other. The leg was the body part most frequently injured with 1,226 cases, followed by 856 head or neck injuries, 715 arm injuries, and 539 truck injuries. More than 70 percent of the accidents in the study occurred at sports or recreational facilities with 1,571 accidents, followed by 357 on streets or public property and 326 at homes or farms.

Some of the other types of injuries that victims may suffer in these cases may include, but are not limited to:

  • Fractures
  • Internal organ damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Burn injuries
  • Paraplegia
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Neck injuries
  • Muscle strains

Victims who have suffered these types of injuries in golf cart accidents could be entitled to compensation for all of their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Some cases may even result in fatal injuries, and families of such victims may be able to file wrongful death actions.

Under Florida Statute § 95.11(3)(a), a person has four years to file a legal action founded on negligence. Florida Statute § 95.11(4)(d), however, places a statute of limitations of only two years on wrongful death actions.

These time limits are important because they can impact your ability to recover compensation from a negligent party. For this reason, you should immediately seek legal representation when you or your loved one suffers any kind of injuries in a golf car accident.

Negligent parties will frequently deny liability in these types of cases, and many will even accuse victims of having been at fault for their own injuries. You deserve to have somebody standing up to protect your rights.

A skilled personal injury lawyer will be to conduct an independent investigation of your accident to determine the actual cause of your accident and fight to hold every single liable party accountable. Some cases can involve extraordinarily complex examinations of golf carts in order to determine what parts might have malfunctioned.

Contact an Ocala Golf Cart Accident Attorney

If you or your loved one were hurt in a golf cart accident in Ocala, it is in your best interest to quickly retain legal counsel. You will want to contact the Glover Law Firm.

Golf cart accidents can quickly become complicated cases that are difficult for the average person to handle on their own. Some victims may be contacted by insurance companies representing the negligent parties in these cases, and you should always refuse to speak to any insurer until you have legal representation.

No matter how friendly or genuinely concerned a representative might seem, all insurance companies are hoping that victims will unknowingly make statements about their accidents that ultimately damage their personal injury claims. When an insurer gets a victim to admit to any degree of personal negligence causing or contributing to an accident, it can make it much more difficult to obtain compensation.

Glover Law Firm can handle all conversations with insurance companies on your behalf so you do not have to worry about anything you say. We will immediately begin negotiating for a fair and full settlement, and our firm will file a lawsuit when an insurer does not make a satisfactory offer.

Glover Law Firm will fight to make sure that you recover every dollar of compensation that you need and deserve. You can have our lawyer provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (352) 205-4495 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.