Golf Cart Accidents & Injuries in Tampa
According to a national study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, during the years from 1990 to 2006, an estimated 147,696 people sought medical care in emergency rooms across after being injured in golf cart accidents. Approximately 4,600 of those injured were children 16 years old or younger.
Common injuries resulting from golf cart accidents include passenger ejection, particularly when making sharp turns. Golf carts are typically not equipped with seat belts. Children are especially vulnerable to ejection, because of their small size and their feet don’t touch the floorboards.
With the intent to provide safety protections while operating golf carts, particularly for our children, it is important to be aware of other statutory provisions:
- Florida statutes define a golf cart as a motor vehicle designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes
- The operation of a golf cart on the public street is prohibited except on those public streets specifically designated for use by golf carts or within a self-contained retirement community.
- A golf cart may be operated only during the hours between sunrise and sunset unless the golf cart is equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and a windshield.
- A golf cart may not be operated on public streets by any person under the age of 14
- A violation of this statute is a noncriminal traffic infraction, as well as evidence of negligence in a personal injury case