Golf carts are an essential part of a golf courses operations. As with all golf course operations, safety should be a top priority.
Although Golf Expert Consulting does not handle the investigation of golf cart injuries directly, we do refer cases to an experienced expert.
The major area for golf safety with carts is mis-use. A large percentage of serious injury producing golf cart incidents involve underage drivers that lack the awareness of potential hazards. Although golf carts are viewed as light duty and recreational in nature, carts can reach speeds as high as 15 mph and are often modified to go even faster. Even under 15 mph, it would be generally unreasonable to assume that an automobile would be safe for children to operate. Likewise, it is generally unreasonable to assume that a golf cart driven at these speeds is safe for children to operate. Although this is not intended to be a comprehensive list, consumption of alcoholic beverages while on the golf course overlays altered judgment, hazard and risk. Other potential countermeasure categories under discussion include restraints, roll over protection systems, vehicle handling, visibility and maintenance/storage.
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We have been consulting on the safety of golf since 1999 all around the world: residential, golf course, golf driving range, insurance claims and litigation over errant golf ball disputes.
Safety should be the number priority of golf course management. We can provide the advice you need to avoid injuries and litigation.
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