If you have been injured in a golf cart accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about golf cart accidents in Texas.
Examples of Golf Cart Negligence
The majority of golf cart accidents occur due to driver negligence. Common forms of negligence include:
- Hanging extremities outside of the golf cart
- Inattentive drivers
- Sharp turns
- Texting while driving
- Reversing downhill
- Driving over wet, muddy, or uneven terrain
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Leaving the brake unlocked upon exiting
- Passengers overcrowding the cart or standing
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you will have to provide proof that your accident was a result of negligence. In order to do this, it is important to call 911 right away. The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an injury claim, conduct sobriety tests, and more. You should also take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Document your injuries, as well as any damage done to the golf cart and the course. If anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their contact information. They may be able to corroborate your version of events or provide an outside perspective. Additionally, go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility right away. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional 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. You should also reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. A skilled attorney may be able to obtain further evidence, including security camera footage.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to file your claim on time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Texas, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover compensation. Don’t let this happen. Reach out to our experienced firm to discuss your case.
Contact our experienced Smith County, Texas firm
There are few things more jarring and disturbing than being wrongly injured in an accident. Our firm understands how difficult it can be to recuperate after a serious accident, which is why we are here to help you through the legal process, every step of the way. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you need a skilled attorney on your side. Contact J. Chad Parker, PLLC today for an attorney who is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.