Injured in a Golf Cart Oregon

When most people think of getting injured in a crash, they think of collisions between two vehicles. However, crashes involving golf carts can also lead to severe injuries for victims. Unfortunately, these vehicles do not offer as much protection for drivers or passengers. However, these incidents also present certain challenges when it comes to securing compensation. As golf carts become increasingly popular as primary modes of transportation in certain areas, even outside of golf courses, the rate of golf cart crashes is increasing. If you or somebody you love has sustained an injury in a golf cart crash, you need to know where to turn to secure the compensation you need.

Injuries from a golf cart crash can be severe

While most golf carts cannot reach the same high speeds as a traditional vehicle, the consequences of an accident can be devastating. Drivers and passengers inside of a golf cart usually do not have much protection from the force of a vehicle slamming into them. Even a crash involving only a golf cart can result in severe injuries for the occupants. Golf carts typically do not have any built-in crash safety features such as airbags, seatbelts, or “crumple zones.” With no restraints and no outer panels for protection, it is not uncommon for the following injuries to occur:

  • Broken and dislocated bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries with paralysis
  • Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
  • Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
  • Amputation or crush injuries

Liability in a golf cart crash

If a golf cart crash occurs on a roadway where the golf cart has the right to operate on, liability will be determined in the same way as a traditional vehicle accident. These incidents could be the fault of a traditional vehicle driver, the golf cart driver, or there could be shared fault between multiple parties.

If a golf cart crash occurs on a golf course, there could also be multiple parties involved that share liability. There will be close scrutiny on the actions of the golf cart operator at the time of the crash to determine whether they have any liability in the incident (i.e. reckless driving, impaired driving, distracted driving, etc.). However, the owner and operator of the golf course or golf cart could be to blame if they have failed to regularly inspect and maintain the vehicle or if there were unsafe riding conditions on the course.

Is compensation available for an Oregon golf cart crash

If you or somebody you love has been injured in a golf cart accident caused by the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your losses. This could include:

  • Full coverage of your medical bills
  • Lost income if you are unable to work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages
  • Property damage expenses
  • and more

The total amount of compensation awarded in these cases will vary depending on the circumstances related to each particular situation. Oregon operates under a modified comparative negligence law, which means a victim in these cases can recover compensation even if they are partially at fault for the incident. In this state, a person can recover compensation so long as their responsibility for the incident does not exceed 51% of the total fault, though the amount of compensation they receive will be lowered based on their percentage of fault. It is strongly advised that you seek assistance from a Portland personal injury lawyer who understands this type of personal injury case.