Golf Carts and Weddings: A Potentially Deadly Combination
The internet is filled with articles that attempt to convince wedding planners to rent golf carts – but these vehicles may pose serious safety hazards to both guests and innocent people in the vicinity. There are a number of factors that make golf carts a particularly poor choice for weddings, and in many cases this combination has led to deadly outcomes. Why are golf carts so popular for weddings, and what makes this such a dangerous choice?
Why Are Golf Carts So Popular for Wedding Planners?
Many articles (mostly posted by golf cart rental companies) state that golf carts offer a range of advantages for weddings:
- Easy transport for wedding guests to different photo locations
- Use as “props” in wedding photos
- Avoid getting dresses/formal wear muddy during walks
- Helps those with mobility issues get around
- Added “fun” or “flair”
It is perhaps the last “benefit” that is most worrying. The suggestions are clear here that: Golf carts allow guests to drive while intoxicated without having to worry about getting DUIs. While rental companies are careful not to say this explicitly, it doesn’t take a PhD to connect the dots. Second, in Florida a person can get a DUI while driving a golf cart.
Golf Carts and Weddings Can Lead to Disastrous Consequences
One of the most notable recent golf cart crashes involved a bride and groom who were riding a golf cart when they were struck by a drunk driver in South Carolina. A similar case was reported in Minnesota on October 16th, and this situation apparently involves a man who drove drunk from a wedding before striking his own friend who was driving a golf cart from the same wedding. He was charged with vehicular homicide, and he was given a sentenced to prison.
Golf Carts Continue to Cause Serious Injuries Across the Nation
Outside of weddings, golf carts continue to cause serious injuries. On October 12th, it was reported that a drunk person driving a stolen golf cart in Daytona Beach injured a teenager – apparently rolling the cart over onto the boy and breaking his leg. He was charged with a number of offenses, including aggravated child abuse. On October 16th, it was reported that a six-year-old had been killed after falling from a golf cart in South Carolina.
Where Can I Find a Qualified, Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in The Villages?
If you have become injured at a wedding due to a golf cart accident, you’re not alone. As golf cart rentals become increasingly popular for weddings, these injuries continue to occur at a worrying pace. The good news is that you can pursue compensation for your damages alongside a qualified, experienced Florida golf cart accident attorney. Choose www.GolfCartAttorney.com (the Law Office of Frank D. Butler, Attorney at Law), and book your consultation today to discuss the most appropriate course of legal action.