Like ATVs, golf carts and Low-Speed Vehicles (LSVs) can be extremely dangerous to those who use them even under normal operating conditions. The manufacturers of golf carts are not regulated like the manufacturers of other motor vehicles, and as a result golf carts can greatly vary in quality of their design, construction and manufacture. They share many of the same safety concerns and problems as ATVs, and, therefore, when an accident occurs involving a golf cart or similar vehicle the potential that a defect in the golf cart design should be considered. Often through better design practices the likelihood of an accident in the first instance can be reduced, or the possibility of injury minimized should an accident happen.
Most LSVs are based upon golf cart technologies, and incorporate features more typical of automobiles like windshields, turn signals and brake lights, and more comfortable seats and seat belts.
LSVs, such as the GEM, an all-electric vehicle built by Chrysler owned Global Electric Motorcars, or the ZENN, built in Quebec by ZENN Motor Co. with a 7.5-horsepower electric motor and six sealed lead batteries, are just two examples of LSVs starting to pop up in dealerships and on roadways across the country. With the dramatic rise in gas and oil prices, the popularity of these vehicles is on the rise, but they are not without their safety concerns.
LSVs, are not regulated like other cars and trucks, and, as such do not need to meet the same safety standards. As a result, while they may be driven on regular roads in many counties and municipalities, they do not have airbags, side impact door beams, or similar occupant protection features. They also are not crash-tested by the federal government, and, to date, their safety and performance record has largely gone unchecked. Because they are built to go between only 20 to 25 mph the hour, the inherent dangers of their use are not generally appreciated. In fact, because they have automotive type windshields, lights and signals, and restraint systems they have the appearance of providing protection. However, because of their design and use on roadways with other full-sized cars and trucks the potential for serious injuries and deaths exists.
As Golf Cart and LSV Accident attorneys we can help
At the Didier Law Firm we have extensive experience in handling accidents involving golf carts as Low-Speed Vehicles (LSVs). If you or someone close you has been involved in a golf cart or LSV accident which resulted in a serious injury or wrongful death then contact us for a free evaluation of your case. We stand ready to bring our knowledge and expertise to bear for consumers injured as a result of golf cart or LSV defects.