Proceed With Caution to Avoid Golf Cart Accidents
The temperatures may be heating up in Las Vegas, but many residents are still venturing out to golf courses. Unfortunately, a bad shot is not the only risk golfers face on the course. Golf cart-related injuries continue to rise as more individuals seek out the sport. Players can avoid golf cart accidents by proceeding with caution and using the following safety tips.
We hope these tips help to keep you safe. However, a golf cart accident can injure even the safest golfer. If you are the victim in an accident, seek medical help immediately. Once you have sought medical care, you should seek legal help from a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will deal with the insurance companies and get you the compensation to pay for your medical bills. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you with your personal injury case. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Nevada Golf Cart Laws
Under Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 482.044, “golf cart” means a motor vehicle which:
- Has no fewer than three wheels in contact with the ground; and
- Is designed to carry golf equipment and no more than four persons, including the driver.
Golf Cart Operation
NRS 482.398 provides as follows:
1. In a county whose population is 700,000 or more, a permit for the operation of a golf cart may be issued by the Department if the golf cart is equipped as required by subsection 2 and evidence of insurance as required for the registration of a motor vehicle is submitted when making the application for the permit.
2. A golf cart must have the following equipment:
- Tail lamps, reflectors, stop lamps and an emblem or placard for slow moving vehicles;
- A mirror; and
Each of these items of equipment must meet the standards prescribed for motor vehicles generally.
3. A permit is not required for the operation of a golf cart during daylight, by a person holding a current driver’s license, if the golf cart is:
Equipped with an emblem or placard for slow moving vehicles; and
- Equipped with an emblem or placard for slow moving vehicles; and
- Operated solely upon that portion of a highway designated by the appropriate city or county as a:
- Crossing for golf carts; or
- Route of access between a golf course and the residence or temporary abode of the owner or operator of the golf cart.
Driving Under the Influence
A person can be charged with driving under the influence while operating a golf cart. Per NRS 484C.110 it is illegal to be impaired and drive on premises to which the public has access. Drunk driving golf cart accidents have the same penalties as other drunk driving cases.
on premises to which the public has access.
Avoid golf cart accidents and never drink while operating a golf cart. If you are injured by a drunk golf cart driver, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers have experienced personal injury lawyers who are ready to help you. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
15 Golf Cart Safety Tips to Avoid Golf Cart Accidents
Golf cart accidents can cause serious injuries. Falling is the most common cause of golf cart injuries. Avoid golf cart injuries with the following safety tips:
- Never drive a golf cart impaired. Avoid drinking alcohol or using drugs when driving.
- Only carry passengers that fit on the golf cart. Do not carry extra passengers.
- Do not allow passengers to hang off the cart.
- Use caution when driving in reverse.
- Drive responsibly. Keep arms and legs inside the cart.
- Do not drive the cart until all passengers are seated.
- Yield to pedestrians.
- Use the parking brake when exiting the cart.
- Do not leave keys in an unattended cart.
- Avoid excessive speeds.
- Do not drive distracted.
- Reduce speed on hills and around corners.
- Never race or joy ride.
- Avoid sudden starts and stops.
- Use caution on rough terrain.
Even the safest driver can be injured by a golf cart. If you are the victim in a golf cart accident, seek medical help immediately. Once you have sought medical care, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers have experienced personal injury lawyers who are ready to help you. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation. We work on a contingency basis, so you don’t have to worry about being able to afford our services. We will be paid when we win your case for you. Give us a call now – don’t wait. Time is of the essence in personal injury cases so you can protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.
How Does COVID-19 Impact Golf?
A golf cart accident is not the only danger on golf courses. Players should exercise extra caution due to COVID-19. On April 8th, per Governor Sisolak’s directive, all golf courses were closed. On May 1, golf courses were allowed to reopen. As of June 26, golfers must follow the face covering rule. Golfers must wear a face covering when entering a pro shop or golf clubhouse. Golfers do not need to wear a face covering if:
- Strict social distancing is practiced while playing outdoors.
- Riding one person to a cart or two people from the same household to a cart.
COVID-19 Golf Safety Tips
Proceed with caution while golfing with the following COVID-19 golf safety tips:
- Bring a mask. Wear a mask anywhere you are likely to interact with people.
- Pack hand sanitizer and wipes. Use on the course and in the clubhouse.
- Avoid the golf cart. Consider carrying your bag or using a push cart to limit your contact with public surfaces. Follow our 15 safety tips if you are going to use a golf cart. Do not share a golf cart with anyone outside your household. Consider using sanitizing wipes to clean the cart before use.
- Ask about remote check in. It may be possible to avoid the clubhouse altogether if you can check in and pay from your telephone.
- Bring your own water bottle. Golf courses have removed drinking stations. Fill up your water bottle at home. Avoid drinking from other containers.
- Be flexible with the bunkers. Most courses have removed the rakes from bunkers. Adjust by using your shoe to smooth any lines or markings.
- Avoid the handshake. Use creativity with sportsmanship. A thumbs-up or a wave from a safe distance can show camaraderie.
- Pack extra supplies. Avoid unnecessary sharing of equipment by making sure you have enough tees and balls.
- Keep your distance. Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and others.
- Do not remove the flagstick. As of 2019, you now have the option to leave the flagstick in when putting. Embrace the rule and avoid touching the flagstick when putting.
- Adapt to modified circumstances. Golf courses may not be maintained and services may not be available.
- Have fun. Golf is a fun activity and a great way to spend time outside with friends and family.
We hope these tips keep you safe on the golf course. Even the safest player can be injured in an accident. It is often the negligence or carelessness of others that can cause you to suffer injury. Here in the Las Vegas area there are a number of personal injury lawyers who can represent you in a golf cart injury case. Ideally, it’s best to consult with an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer; preferably one that offers an extensive background in this field.
Experienced Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyers
Have you been the victim of a golf cart accident? If so, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can give you legal advice and help you protect your rights. Our Las Vegas legal team understands that being an accident victim can be one of the most difficult things you will ever face. As you deal with injuries and wonder how to navigate the system, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced lawyer.
Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation. Our office is located in Henderson and we work with clients all over the Las Vegas Valley. Schedule your consultation with us now – we will come to you if necessary. Don’t wait – get the compensation you deserve by speaking with our lawyers as soon as possible