Las Vegas is well-known around the world as a playground for adults. People come to Las Vegas to party, to eat, to drink, and relax. They come to Vegas to gamble, watch sporting events, go to shows, and take advantage of the many gorgeous golf courses in town.
But what happens when things go wrong? People who are golfing on vacation are often drinking alcohol. The combination of alcohol and motorized vehicle is never a good thing. The reckless driving of golf carts often leads to people getting injured.
If you or a loved one was injured in a golf cart accident, you should not be responsible for your medical bills. The person who was engaging in the reckless conduct should be held liable.
Laws About Golf Carts
The federal government, Nevada, and local jurisdictions all have laws about the operation of golf carts, both on and off the golf course.
According to federal law, a golf cart cannot be capable of going faster than 20 miles per hour. If a golf cart was manufactured to exceed that speed, federal law classifies that “golf cart” as a motor vehicle that requires safety equipment including parking brakes, rear-view mirrors, windshields, seat belts, headlights, stop lights, and turn signals.
In Nevada, golf carts do not need to be registered unless they are located in a county that has a population of 700,000 or more. If the golf cart is located in such a county, you need a Nevada golf card permit to operate the vehicle, you must have the vehicle inspected at an official DMV VIN inspection station, and you must present proof of insurance policy with an insurance company that is licensed to do business in the State of Nevada.
Nevada requires the owners of golf carts in these high populations counties to carry liability insurance with a minimum of $20,000 in property damage coverage and $25,000 in bodily injury coverage. These golf carts must also have headlights, tail lights, reflectors, a mirror, brakes, and a placard or emblem that states that they are slow moving vehicles.
Experienced Las Vegas, NV Personal Injury Lawyers
Even a golf cart can cause serious injuries in the event of a crash. If the cart was driven recklessly, the results are often the same as any regular car accident.
If you or a loved one was injured in a golf cart accident, you should seek legal advice from an experienced accident attorney who can advise you about whether you have a personal injury case and help you protect your rights.