The Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates there are 15,000 golf cart-related injuries annually in the United States, according to the CPSC’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.
What Is Behind the Risks?
Golf carts and similar utility carts have unique characteristics and safety requirements. They are often silent when operated, and they are not required to have brake lights, turn signals or headlights to alert other vehicles of their position or intentions. They’re smaller and lighter than cars, often made with fiberglass and few reinforcements. They have a lower center of gravity and provide less protection to passengers. While functional, these features make occupants more vulnerable to injury or accident when riding.
Most golf cart accidents and resulting injuries are caused by carts rolling over, passengers falling or jumping from vehicles, sharp turns, driving on slippery or uneven terrain, or distracted driving.