Beasley Allen lawyer Gibson Vance discusses golf cart safety with WSFA

| Serious Injuries, Recreation

Golf carts have left the fairways and taken to the streets as a popular mode of transportation in neighborhoods. Families, and even children too young to drive a regular car, can be seen zipping around the streets in gated communities, sometimes even on public access roads linking neighborhoods. But Beasley Allen attorney Gibson Vance says caution — and an awareness of the law governing these types of vehicles — is essential to preventing serious injury or even death. Vance says 13,000 accidents a year are reported in connection with golf carts, and that number is growing. Gibson’s own son, Carter, was involved in a golf cart accident, when the golf cart turned over after going around a corner. Most carts don’t have safety belts or restraints, increasing the likelihood of injury in the event of a crash. State law requires any vehicle being driven on public streets to have head lights, tail lights, a windshield and seatbelts, and drivers must be 16 years old or older. A golf cart driven on public streets also must pass a county inspection and be licensed, and must carry its own motor vehicle insurance policy.

Gibson Vance, Beasley Allen Attorney
Gibson Vance

Gibson is host of the weekly Beasley Allen Report on WSFA TV12.

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