Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, a 10-year-old boy was seriously injured in a golf cart crash in Beverly Crest, a gated community north of Beverly Hills. The Los Angeles Times reported that the boy was riding in the modified golf cart with two other boys and two men when the vehicle overturned. The boy suffered major head trauma and was taken to an area hospital. A representative of the Los Angeles Fire Department reportedly said, "The boy is fighting for his life." The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the accident.
In the United States, about 13,000 accidents involving golf carts result in injuries that require treatment in an emergency room each year, according to an analysis of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission statistics published in Insurance Journal. About 40 percent of these accidents involve children younger than 16. America Now reports that, unlike motor vehicles, little federal legislation exists to regulate the use of golf carts, resulting in a lack of rules in many states requiring licenses or safety equipment.
In California, when an accident results in injury, the at-fault party may be held liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries. For more information on the civil claims process after an accident, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the boy who was seriously injured in the crash.
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