ATV and Golf Cart Accidents
Alba & Straile PLLC represent the victims — whether driver, passenger, pedestrian, or bystander—injured or killed in an ATV, golf cart, or other low-speed vehicle accident. ATV and golf cart collisions are less common than other types of accidents. However, when they do occur, they often involve significant injuries and sometimes even tragic death.
Florida statutes contain provisions that regulate the use of all vehicles, as set forth in the State Uniform Traffic Control. These laws govern the use of automobiles, trucks, buses, and other similar high-speed vehicles. In addition, they provide regulations for the use and operation of low-speed and motorized vehicles such as mopeds, scooters, ATVs, and golf carts. However, to properly assess the rules of use and operation applicable to a specific type of vehicle in a particular area, it is necessary to also view Florida statutes in conjunction with provisions set forth in a municipality’s local ordinances.
Just a few of the types of ATVs and Golf Cart cases we represent are:
- Significant injury
- Catastrophic injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death
- Off-road collisions
- On roadway collisions
Regulations for using an ATV, golf cart, or low-speed motorized vehicle depend on how Florida law classifies or defines a specific type of vehicle. In addition to the vehicle type, determining the rules applicable to a specific individual or scenario will also be dependent on the location of the vehicle’s use. Many counties have specific provisions regarding the operation of low-speed motorized vehicles within their Code of Ordinances.
Examples of County Codes and Ordinances
- The Alachua County Code of Ordinances expressly prohibits the operation of ATVs at any time upon any roadway designed for vehicular use, whether paved or unpaved. Alachua County has specifically chosen to exempt itself from the Florida Statutes by enacting this ordinance, allowing daytime operation of ATVs on unpaved roads with a speed limit under 35 mph. Marion County, on the other hand, does not provide a specific exemption regarding ATV use.
- Concerning the use of golf carts, Florida Statute 316.008(7) allows each county to enact rules and regulations regarding the use of golf carts. However, Alachua County’s Ordinances do not include regulations for the use of golf carts. They thereby intend that golf carts in Alachua County only be used for the limited purposes provided in Florida Statutes, unless provided within a specific City’s Ordinance.
- Marion County, in contrast to Alachua County, provides specific provisions for the use of golf carts. Pursuant to Marion County Code, Chapter 15, Article III, Sec. 15-52, the county “hereby authorizes the operation of golf carts on the roads and streets in the unincorporated area of Marion County known as the Villages of Marion County and on SE 176th Street and SE 175th.”
It is also essential to keep in mind that there are both County Codes of Ordinances and Codes of Ordinance for individual cities. Therefore, it is crucial to view regulatory laws at three levels—state, county, and city.
If you were injured or a loved one killed in an accident involving an ATV, golf cart, or another low-speed motorized vehicle, it is first necessary to determine which rules and regulations apply to your matter. As experienced ATV and golf cart accident lawyers, the attorneys at Alba & Straile PLLC are well-acquainted with both local and state laws throughout Florida.
Sources of Compensation for Damages
Equally important, however, is determining the persons or entities that are responsible for an accident. At Alba & Straile, PLLC, we thoroughly investigate our client’s accidents. We discuss all potential sources of compensation, including any applicable insurance. For example, there may be coverage under a recreational vehicle policy or property-related coverage, such as a homeowner’s policy or business liability coverage.
In addition, ATV accidents and golf cart incidents can also involve product liability, including defects in design or manufacture, as well as failures in providing consumers with proper warning or instruction. Further, some cases may even involve the county or municipality’s negligence, such as failure to maintain a roadway properly. Claims against the government, in particular, can be highly complex. Therefore, it is essential that you understand your legal rights and options.
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At Alba & Straile PLLC, we understand the complexities of ATV and golf cart claims. If you have been injured, it is imperative that you seek medical attention and contact our office for a consultation as soon as possible. If a loved one has died due to an accident, let us help you gain compensation to provide financial stability during this difficult time.
At Alba & Straile PLLC, we are aggressive and tenacious personal injury lawyers. Our law firm is focused on client results and committed to providing our clients with compassion, attention to detail, and ease of attorney accessibility. Our Florida accident attorneys can provide you with the sound legal counsel necessary to effectively and efficiently address all of your legal needs. We represent clients throughout Florida. Contact Alba & Straile PLLC to schedule a consultation today.