Golf Course Accidents, Injuries and Liability
According to the National Golf Foundation (NGF), there were 28.6 million golfers in the U.S. ages 6 and above in 2008. As much as 489.1 million rounds of golf played in the U.S. in 2008 alone.
With millions of Americans hooked on the sport, the golf industry has earned $75.9 billion in 2005 with $6.2 billion spent by golfers on golf equipment and other supplies. Golf courses have also spruced up all over the country and California has the second largest number of golf courses nationwide with a total of 935 facilities.
But aside from the obvious financial injury to one’s pockets caused by this expensive sport or golf club injuries inflicted by an enraged wife on a cheating husband (re: Tiger Woods), there are various injuries one should watch out for in a golf course.
Slip and Fall Accidents in the Golf Course
Under the Premises Liability Law, the owner or possessor of premises is under a duty to guests or invitees by virtue of that possession or ownership to act reasonably to keep the premises safe and prevent persons from being injured.
However, golfers, spectators or even employees of the golf club can get injured in slip and fall accidents due to the negligence of the owner or the administrator who failed keep the premises free from any hidden danger or hazard.
Golf Club Injuries
There have been a number of people who have been accidentally injured when the golfer swinging the golf club strikes and injures another either because of negligence or fault. Getting hit by a golf ball or golf club can result to serious head injuries or a concussion, depending on how forceful the impact of the golf club is against the head of the victim.
There are two parties who may be found at fault in accidents such as these: the golfer (for his negligence in ascertaining it was safe to swing his golf club) and the victim who may have been contributory negligent as he may have stepped in the path or way of the golfer at the last minute.
Golf Cart Accidents
Because a golf course spans 18 holes, some golfers opt to use a golf cart to transport them from one location to the other. Golf car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, it can be through the negligence of the driver or it could happen because of a defect.
Some golf carts have the tendency to tip over if overloaded and some have been defectively manufactured from the beginning. Manufacturers and suppliers may be held liable for injuries suffered by golfers.
Negligent or reckless drivers of operator of golf carts may be held liable under the law of Torts or personal injury.
Like most sports, while golf may seem boring and tedious, it also has risks that may get its players or other people hurt. In fact, getting struck by runaway golf ball is common if you are around the premises.
But like all accidents, if the injury was caused through the fault or negligence of another, that person may be held liable for damages or compensation. In case of golf course injuries, seek the advice of a personal injury attorney for assistance and case evaluation.
From the Author: Accident Lawyers