When one thinks of motor vehicles that are involved in accidents, one doesn't usually think of golf carts.  Yet every year more than 100,000 Americans are injured in golf cart accidents.
Golf carts are no longer just for the golf course.  New, faster and more powerful golf carts reach speeds of up to 25 mph and travel over 40 miles on a single battery charge.  This makes useful means of transportation in gated communities, retirement homes, resorts, airports, hospitals, national parks, college campuses, businesses, military bases, and sporting events of all types.  And of course, golf carts are still used on golf courses.
Golf carts are not subject to federal regulation, and there are no safety standards for these vehicles.  State and local laws governing their use are rare. In Missouri, golf carts may be used on municipal streets, but not on state or federal highways. 
Golf cart injuries are steadily rising.  In 1990, 5772 golf cart injuries were reported.  In 2006, the number was 13,411; a 132 percent increase.
Children are at high risk for golf cart injuries.  Golf carts are not designed to transport children and have no safety features to protect a child from injury.
Regardless of the age of the victim, more than one-third of golf cart injuries are the result of falling or jumping from the golf cart.  The majority of golf cart injuries occur at sporting events or recreational facilities such as resorts, golf courses and parks. 
If you or your child has been injured in a Missouri golf cart accident, the owner of the golf cart or of the facility where you were injured may be at fault.  
  • Was the golf cart used appropriately?
  • Was the driver trained in the safe use of the golf cart?
  • Did the driver behave recklessly or with disregard to his passenger's safety?
  • Were there adequate safety instructions and precautions?

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.