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Operating Golf Carts on California Streets

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California Motor Vehicle Code 21716 states that golf carts are permitted to be on many local streets. Drivers of these vehicles have the same rights and responsibilities on California streets as cars and other larger motorized vehicles. Keep in mind that a golf cart’s maximum speed is around 20 mph. You will take more time to avoid road hazards and other cars than most drivers sharing the roads will.

Many cities push the use of these vehicles for grocery shopping, recreation and everyday travel. They are economically fuel efficient and quieter than regular cars, which makes them environmentally friendly and appealing. However, drivers should be aware that these vehicles were originally designed for driving within the safety of closed communities. They do not have the same safety equipment as larger and faster vehicles that are sharing public roads. When operating golf carts on city streets, diligence and common sense must be used to keep everyone safe.

Golf carts are not required to have safety features such as airbags and roll bars. Because of this, crashes involving these vehicles often cause serious injuries to occupants. In a crash involving a larger truck or a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, the passengers in a golf cart would have a significant possibility of sustaining serious or life-threatening injuries. For this reason, the State of California limits travel of golf carts to roadways where the designated speed limit is 25 mph or less.

Golf carts are no longer merely country club limos. They can be seen on urban streets across the nation. Many police forces are even using them as a less intimidating way to interact with the public.

Keep in mind that these are not toys. If you are going to drive your golf cart on the street, take it seriously. While golf cart fatalities are rare, they do happen. Stay safe and be prepared for the unexpected.

If you have been injured in a golf cart accident, you may have rights under the law. A good personal injury lawyer, such as those at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys may be able to help you with your claims. If you wait to file, you may run out of time. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible. In many cases, they can handle your case while you concentrate on healing from your injuries.

At Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys we want to keep everyone safe on the roads. Learn more about traffic laws for golf carts and other vehicles at California Motor Vehicle Codes.

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