If a person is seriously injured or killed while using a product, the safety of that product should be questioned. Unless injuries and their causes are studied, society will fail to produce safer products. Equally, just the fact that someone is injured doesn’t necessarily indicate that a defective product is being made and sold.
Nearly every state, including Georgia, has laws for all-terrain vehicle use, equipment and operation, but in few states are these laws applied to golf carts. If the driver makes a sudden turn in a golf cart, there are no passive restraints to protect the passenger, no handle to grab during the turn.
This danger was tragically demonstrated in one recent case in which a 50-year-old Georgia woman golf cart passenger lost her life when a sharp left turn caused her to fall out of her vehicle. She sustained severe head trauma after falling onto concrete and died later at the hospital. The golf cart fatality on Fripp Island, South Carolina, came on the heels of a 2011 death in Sun City Hilton Head, and a deadly 2008 incident on Daufuskie Island, both of which involved sharp left turns ejecting cart passengers.
Injuries suffered during recreation can be just as disabling or deadly as those at work. Perhaps, in the interest of preventing injuries and fatalities, we should ask if golf carts can and should be made safer. Manufacturers ought to be held responsible for harm caused by their dangerous or defective products, whether or not they are negligent in producing them. And anyone injured by a dangerous product has a right to compensation from the manufacturer.
Source: The Island Packet, “Policies revisited after Ga. woman dies in Fripp golf cart crash,” Patrick Donohue, The Beaufort Gazette, Sept. 3, 2012