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ATV and Golf Cart Accidents


Gainesville ATVs and Golf Carts Attorney

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Gainesville ATV and Golf Cart Accident attorneys, of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., represent the victims—whether driver, passenger, pedestrian, or other person—that was injured or killed in an ATV, Golf-cart, or other Low-speed vehicle accident. While ATV and Golf-cart collisions are less common than other types of accidents, when they do occur they often involve serious injury, and sometimes even tragic death.

Florida statutes contain provisions which regulate the use of all vehicles, as set forth in the State Uniform Traffic Control. These laws govern not only the use of automobiles, trucks, buses, and other similar high-speed vehicles, but also provide regulation for the use and operation of low-speed and/or motorized vehicles, such as mopeds, scooters, ATVs, and Golf-carts. However, in order to properly assess the rules of use and operation applicable to a specific type of vehicle, in a particular area, it is necessary to also view Florida statutes in conjunction with provisions set forth in a municipality’s local ordinances.

Just a few of the types of ATVs and Golf Cart cases are:

Regulation over the use of an ATV, Golf-cart, or low-speed motorized vehicle depends on the manner in which Florida law classifies, or defines a specific type of vehicle. For more information on Florida’s classification of these vehicle, click here. In addition to the vehicle type, determining the rules applicable to a certain individual or scenario, will also be dependent on the location of the vehicle’s use. Many counties have specific provisions regarding the operation of low-speed motorized vehicles included within their Code of Ordinances.

For example, Alachua County Code of Ordinances expressly prohibits the operation of ATVs at any time upon any roadway designed for vehicular use, whether paved or unpaved. By enacting this ordinance, Alachua County has specifically chosen to exempt itself from the Florida Statute which allows daytime operation of ATVs on unpaved roads having a speed limit under 35 mph. Marion County, on the other hand, does not provide a specific exemption regarding ATV use.

With regard to the use of Golf-carts, Florida Statute 316.008(7) allows for each county to enact rules and regulations regarding the use of golf-carts. Alachua County’s Ordinances do not include regulations for the use of golf-carts, thereby intending that golf-carts in Alachua County only be used for the limited purposes provided in Florida Statutes, unless provided for within a specific City’s Ordinance.

Marion County, in contrast to Alachua County, provides specific provisions for the use of golf-carts. Pursuant to Marion County Code, Chapter 15, Article III, Sec. 15-52, the county “hereby authorizes the operation of golf carts on the roads and streets in the unincorporated area of Marion County known as the Villages of Marion County and on SE 176th Street and SE 175th.”

However, it is also important to keep in mind that there are both County Codes of Ordinances as well as Codes of Ordinance for individual cities. Therefore, it is important to view regulatory law at three levels—state, county, and city.

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If you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving an ATV, Golf-cart, or other low-speed motorized vehicle, it is first necessary to determine which rules and regulations apply to your matter. As experienced ATV and Golf-Cart Accident Lawyers, we are well-acquainted with both local and state law.

Equally important, however, is determining the persons or entities in which claims can be directed at. We will investigate your accident, and discuss all potential sources of compensation, including any applicable insurance, whether coverage under a recreational vehicle policy or property related coverage, such as a homeowner’s policy.

In addition, ATV Accidents and Golf-cart incidents can also involve products liability, including defects in design or manufacture, as well as failures in providing consumers with proper warning or instruction. Further, some cases may even involve the negligence of the county, such as failure to properly maintain a roadway. Claims against the government, in particular, can be highly complex, and therefore it is essential that you understand your legal rights and options.