According to Florida golf cart laws, an owner doesn’t have to register or title their golf cart, so if you suffered a golf cart accident, the owner could be liable for your damages. There are other golf cart laws that explain where a golf cart can drive.
Our firm can help you pursue your damages from the liable party. We can also explain Florida’s golf cart laws to you and determine whether they apply to your case. Our personal injury lawyer is prepared to work with you in the case of an accident.
Do You Have To Insure a Golf Cart in Florida?
In Florida, a golf cart owner does not have to register and insure their golf cart, per Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). If an owner does not insure their cart and they cause an accident, the victim may be able to pursue damages directly from the owner. If the owner does insure their cart, an accident victim may have to pursue damages through insurance. Our firm can help you determine which party you can pursue damages from.
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Can You Drive a Golf Cart on the Road in Florida?
Golf carts can’t be driven on most public roads and streets, according to Florida Statutes § 316.212. Golf cart drivers can generally only operate their vehicles on roads that are designated for golf cart use. Our firm can determine whether the owner (or driver) drove their golf cart legally in your case.
Generally, low-speed vehicles (LSVs) can be driven legally on roads. An LSV is a four-wheel vehicle that can travel more than 20 miles per hour, but no more than 25 miles per hour.
Can You Drive a Golf Cart Around the Neighborhood?
Generally, golf carts and LSVs can be driven in residential areas, but there are restrictions. Many of these restrictions apply to driving in general.
What Are the Other Florida Golf Cart Laws?
Generally, golf cart drivers must adhere to the same traffic laws as all other vehicle drivers. For example, you cannot drive drunk, even if you are driving a golf cart. You should speak with a Florida injury lawyer if you believe any of the following apply to your case:
- The golf cart driver violated a basic traffic law: For example, the other party was driving too fast for the conditions and caused an accident.
- The golf cart driver operated the vehicle while intoxicated: If this is the case, the other party could face a conviction of driving while intoxicated (DWI), and you could recover a number of damages through a claim or even a lawsuit.
- The golf cart was not equipped sufficiently: For example, the cart may not have had working headlights or brake lights.
Your lawyer can determine whether any of those infractions or any other infractions could apply in your case.
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What Kind of Compensation Can You Recover in a Florida Golf Cart Accident Case?
Golf carts aren’t fast, but that doesn’t mean they can’t cause serious injuries and property damage. For instance, if an operator drives their cart recklessly in a neighborhood, pedestrians can be at risk of serious harm. Golf carts can even cause pileups if they’re driven on roadways.
In your golf cart accident case, you can recover damages for any injuries or other issues you’re experiencing. Such damages could include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Impairment/disability if your injuries are lasting
- Mental anguish
- Emotional suffering
- Medical bills
- Lost income and work benefits
- The repair value of personal property, such as your car
- Wrongful death damages, if applicable
Should You Hire a Florida Golf Cart Accident Lawyer for Your Case?
There are lots of reasons to consider hiring our team to handle your case. For one, your lawyer will pursue your damages for you, so you’ll be able to focus on your recovery. Additionally, your lawyer will:
- Help you gather evidence of negligence
- Determine whether it was a golf cart or an LSV that was involved in your accident
- Determine which golf cart laws apply in your case
- Determine which party is liable for compensating you
- Establish that party’s liability
- Explore the possibility of suing, if applicable
- Negotiate with an insurer for fair compensation
Contact Us To Learn More About Florida Golf Cart Laws That Apply to Your Case
If you suffered a golf cart accident, we can help you pursue your damages. Our team can help you understand how golf cart laws apply in your personal injury case. No matter how serious your injuries are, we can help.
To discuss your case in a free consultation today, contact us at Dismuke Law.