The number of people choosing to travel by traditional golf carts and newer “street legal” versions just keeps growing. In addition to beautiful communities like Sun City Center and the Villages, where golf carts number in the tens of thousands, many people all over our region are joining the golf cart movement. To better serve our growing number of golf cart owner clients, as well as all of those contemplating getting a golf cart, we are launching a new series that will provide much needed information on a variety of golf cart related topics.
Given that we have many readers who are thinking about getting a golf cart for short trips close to home, but who don’t know much, if anything, about the applicable state and local requirements, we are going to start at the beginning and go forward from there. Our starting point will be to educate our readers about the differences between the traditional golf cart intended to be used on the golf course and the new generation of “street legal” versions.
We’ll be talking about the physical differences, who may drive them, and where and when they may be driven. For example, even though traditional golf carts and “street legal” versions (also called “low speed vehicles”) are operated side by side and share the streets within Sun City Center, it may surprise people to hear that a drivers’ license is NOT required for drivers of traditional golf carts and traditional golf cart owners are NOT required to register their golf carts or carry any insurance whatsoever.
In addition to the confusion that this can cause owners and drivers, the different treatment of traditional golf carts and street legal versions creates a multitude of legal and liability concerns. We’ll be covering a number of those legal issues including registration requirements and insurance and liability concerns in detail in our upcoming posts. We’ll also be providing information about golf cart accidents and accident prevention that all current and prospective golf cart owners need to know.
The Bradenton injury attorneys at Heintz & Becker represent victims of all types of vehicular accidents, including golf cart accidents in the Sun City Center and Villages communities and elsewhere throughout the State of Florida. If you or a member of your family has been hurt in a golf cart accident, you need to find a firm that is qualified to handle your case. Call us to arrange for a free, no-obligation consultation today.