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UPDATE: Five People Injured In Golf Cart Accident At U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links Golf Course


Jun 15, 2019

Golf Course Accident: Pebble Beach Golf Links Golf Cart Accident: Five People Injured In Golf Cart Accident At U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links Golf Course

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA (June 14, 2019) –  Five people were injured in a golf cart accident at Pebble Beach Golf Links golf course during the U.S. Open.

Pebble Beach Golf Links officials are saying that a vendor loaded a golf car with boxes in order to make delivers. Around the 16th hole, the driver of the golf cart walked away. 

A box on the golf cart fell onto the accelerator and began moving it forward. The golf cart collided with five spectators who have been described as:

  • A man, 82, from Modesto
  • A man, 58, from Modesto
  • A woman, 58, from Carmel
  • A man, 25, from Highland, Texas
  • A man, 43, from West Jordan, Utah

The USGA  said that three people were injured and two people had to be hospitalized. There is an ongoing invitation into what may have caused the golf cart accident at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Golf Cart Accidents Statistics

According to CED Technologies Inc, “The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, however, reports that injuries from being hit by or falling off of golf carts surged 132 percent from 1990 to 2006. Nearly 150,000 people, ranging in age from two months to 96 years, were hurt in golf cart accidents during that time. One reason, according to the Journal, may be that golf carts have become much faster and more powerful.” The more modern golf carts are typically heavier and can reach speeds of 25 mph.

Most golf cart accidents occur as drivers are thrown from carts during rollovers. Golf carts tend to be much more top heavy than other vehicles. Other accidents happen when drivers hit pedestrians. Victims of golf cart accidents can be left with serious injuries including broken bones, concussions and spinal injuries. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be multiple sources of liability for a golf cart accident. 

Liability In Golf Cart Accidents

Golf cart drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and to properly secure cargo to prevent accidents. If a golf cart driver is negligent and causes an accident they could face civil liability if any person is injured. If that person was working at the time of the accident the company that they were working for may face civil liability as number. 

Under the legal doctrine of Respondeat Superior companies are responsible for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as the employee was working within the course/scope of their job duties. Most jurisdictions will use one of the following tests to determine if  respondeat superior should be invoked:

  • Benefits Test: “When the employee’s social or recreational pursuits on the employer’s premises after hours are endorsed by the express or implied permission of the employer and are conceivably of some benefit to the employer, then the employer is liable for harm resulting from the employee’s actions.
  • Characteristics Test: “If the employee’s action is common enough for that job that the action could be fairly deemed to be characteristic of the job, then the employer will be liable for harm resulting from the employee’s actions.”

Any person that is injured in a golf cart accident may be able to recover monetary damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney can investigate your case free of cost and let you know what your options are. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they can help make sure that you are compensated fairly for your injuries. 

Getting Help After A Golf Cart Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the people that were injured in this accident at the U.S. open. It is our sincere hope that Pebble Beach Golf Links officials will take steps to prevent this type of accident from happening a second time. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the police as they continue their investigation. 

If you or someone that you love has been injured in a golf cart accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to getting the best outcome for our clients. In fact, we’ve recovered over $1 billion for our deserving clients. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need assistance with medical bills we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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