Golf Cart Accidents in New York | What You Need to Know
Golf is not a very dangerous sport, but when it comes to golf carts, serious accidents can occur. Read on to learn more about golf cart accidents in New York.
How do Golf Cart Accidents Occur?
Golf cart accidents can occur for any number of reasons, but the majority of accidents are due to driver and passenger negligence. The most common forms of negligence include:
- Passengers overcrowding the cart
- Passengers standing while the cart is in motion
- Driving while distracted
- Texting while driving
- Reversing downhill
- Hanging extremities outside of the cart
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Sharp turns
- Leaving the brake unlocked upon exiting
What do I do if an Injury Occurs?
If you are injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to prove that your accident occurred due to another party’s negligence. You can do this by:
- Calling 911- The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
- Documenting the scene- While waiting for the ambulance, you should document the scene. This can include taking pictures and videos of your injuries and any damage done to the golf cart/ golf course.
- Obtaining witness contacts- If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Seeking medical attention- It is important to go to the hospital right away. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Contacting an attorney as soon as possible- An experienced personal injury may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, including security camera footage, police reports, and more.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
When it comes to a personal injury accident, it is important to take legal action right away. This is because of a deadline known as the statute of limitations. In New York, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will mean losing the compensation you deserve.
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