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Florida Golf Cart Accident Laws: What You Need to Know

Golf Cart Accident

Florida’s Department of Transportation, Pasco County, and The City of New Port Richey currently allows the operation of golf carts on designated streets and roads in New Port Richey. This ordinance is specific about the exact location you can operate your golf cart, as well as the necessary safety provisions. All drivers must ensure their cart is equipped with efficient brakes, a rearview mirror, working turn signals, a windshield, and more. 

As with any motorized vehicle on the road, golf carts run the risk of being involved in an accident when operated negligently. They also are now at risk of being struck by a larger, reckless vehicle driver. If you have been in an accident involving a golf cart and a motor vehicle due to another person’s reckless driving, you are owed compensation for your damages. To help talk you through the aftermath, the knowledgeable team at McPherson & Thomas, P.A. has put together a guide with everything you need to know after your Florida golf car accident

What Damages Are You Entitled to After a Golf Cart Accident? 

The aftermath of a collision involving a golf cart and a motor vehicle can be catastrophic for all parties involved. Golf carts weigh significantly less than a regular motor vehicle and do not include many of the same safety features as a modern motor vehicle. This puts the driver at risk of traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and more long-lasting damages. 

In Florida, you are entitled to recover economic and non-economic damages for your golf cart accident given the accident is a direct result of a reckless party’s actions. This includes coverage for your tangible losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, and the cost of any required rehabilitative therapy. This will also cover your intangible losses, like pain, suffering, discomfort, and disfigurement. 

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

After your accident, it is imperative you partner with a lawyer who has extensive knowledge of Florida tort law and knows exactly how to get you the compensation you deserve after your accident. While you focus on resting and recovering from your injuries, McPherson & Thomas, P.A. will begin working on the following important aspects of your claim: 

File Your Claim

Florida currently has a two-year statute of limitations to file your personal injury claim with the negligent party’s insurance. This date starts on the day of the accident. While you concentrate on healing, our team will file your claim with all necessary paperwork and documentation, including an accurate representation of your total losses. One of the most common reasons for a low settlement offer from the insurance company is the failure to adequately demonstrate your losses as a direct result of the accident. We will handle all negotiations and scheduling with the insurance. If a worthy offer cannot be reached, we will take your case to court. 

Establish Liability

Liability is established through negligence. By collecting and analyzing any potentially relevant evidence, your lawyer can demonstrate the negligent party was reckless and that this breach directly resulted in your accident and injuries. For example, if you are operating your golf cart safely on a designated road with all of the required safety provisions, and a truck driver is speeding and fails to yield on time, they can be found negligent for your accident due to their failure to adhere to the rules of the road. 

Florida currently follows a modified comparative negligence law, meaning you can recover damages even if you are found to be partially liable for the accident. As long as your share of the responsibility is 50 percent or less, you can file a claim for damages. If you bear more than 50 percent liability, you cannot recover from the defendant.

Injured in a Golf Cart Accident? Contact Our Team Today

McPherson & Thomas, P.A. is here to help protect your future and fight for your right to recover adequate financial compensation. Nobody should have to suffer due to the recklessness of another driver. Our personalized approach to the world of personal injury ensures you have a lawyer who understands your specific circumstances and is there for you every step of the way. 

We don’t see a single penny unless you win. Begin the process today with a free consultation by calling our New Port Richey office at (727) 848-8892 or using our contact form.

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