On any given night—and especially on weekends and during big events—you will see pedicabs and golf carts shuttling merrymakers and tourists from place to place. Drivers typically operate for tips only, driving patrons from bar to bar or even home, so these fun substitutes for taxis have become a popular DUI deterrent in places like Old Town Scottsdale, Glendale, and Tempe.
While pedicabs have only recently been regulated throughout the Valley, golf carts for hire have always been held to certain standards in order to be street legal. These regulations include mandated lights, front seat belts, regular MVD inspections, and liability insurance. Golf carts are also prohibited from driving down roads with posted speed limits over 35 mph. Drivers are not able to load the golf cart over capacity, and must comply with all traffic rules.
Of course, while accidents involving these golf carts are rare, they do occur. It is not unusual to see a cart stuffed beyond capacity, with people standing or sitting on other passengers’ laps as they shuttle around town. Many carts may bend the rules of the road a bit to avoid being caught in a tangle of cars and taxis, and while local police are in charge of enforcing the rules governing these carts, it can be difficult to stay on top of every cart that is operating.
When accidents like your friend’s occur, it is most likely that the company or individual that owns the cart will cover medical costs through their own liability insurance. Your friend will submit a claim to the golf cart operator’s insurance company, and with the insurance companies of any other negligent drivers that may have been involved in her accident. For more information, feel free to contact our firm by filling out our online contact form or by calling our downtown Phoenix office.