Cars that go very fast are dangerous, so it stands to reason that cars that do not go very fast are less dangerous. Most serious injuries in motor vehicle collisions involve accidents where at least one vehicle was traveling at 40 miles per hour or more at the time of impact. Based on that, it would make sense that your chances of serious injury are less when you are driving a golf cart, since they do not exceed speeds of 35 miles per hour and rarely travel on roads with vehicles that go faster. For several reasons, though, serious injuries can result from accidents involving golf carts or low speed vehicles (LSV). Specifically, the structure of golf carts and LSVs does not provide occupants with as much protection as a conventional passenger car. Likewise, because golf carts and LSVs do not go as fast and do not drive on busy roads, people sometimes operate them with less caution that they would use when driving a car. If you have been injured in an accident involving a golf cart or LSV, contact a Louisiana car accident lawyer.
Where is it Legal to Drive a Golf Cart or LSV?
Golf carts and LSVs look very similar, and neither type of vehicle can exceed speeds of 35 miles per hour. Another thing they have in common is that you must have a valid driver’s license to operate a golf cart, just like you do for an LSV. The difference is that LSVs, unlike golf carts, have safety features such as advanced braking systems, headlights, brake lights, turn signals, side view mirrors, and seatbelts. Each LSV also has a vehicle identification number (VIN), like a car does.
It is legal to drive an LSV on any road where it is legal to drive a car. Golf carts, by contrast, can only be driven on golf courses and designated roads. Each city or parish decides which streets will allow golf carts; usually, golf carts are only allowed on residential streets where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less.
What Happens if You are Injured in a Golf Cart or LSV Accident?
People who get injured in accidents involving golf carts or LSVs have the right to file personal injury lawsuits, just as people who have been injured in car accidents do. A disproportionate number of golf cart accidents include unlicensed drivers, including teens who are too young to hold driver’s licenses. In this case, some or all of the legal responsibility belongs to the parents who allowed their minor children to drive without a license or to the golf carts owner who knowingly allowed unlicensed drivers to operate the golf cart.
Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey About Low-Speed Vehicle Accidents
A car accident lawyer can help you if you suffered injuries as a result of an accident involving a golf cart or LSV. Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey in Houma, Louisiana to see if you have grounds for a lawsuit.