Golf Cart Accidents in Peachtree City – Watch Out For Kids 17 & Younger!

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Author: Laurel Clarke
Date Published: August 4, 2014

Almost 50% of the Accidents Involved This Age Group!

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First, we would like to thank the Peachtree City Police Department for helping us out with this article. They provided the public records for the total number of golf cart accidents in 2013.

Second, we would like to thank Clay Van Meter who provides golf cart insurance in Peachtree City. Clay is one of our “Recommended” members on PTC People and we recommend him to our visitors for any and all of their insurance needs.

Clay helped us better understand that golf carts are not insured on the paths under home owners insurance but need to be insured in order to cover golf cart damage, medical bills, and liability for the other driver and golf cart.

We hope that this article will help our golf cart paths be more safe and help motivate golf cart owners to insure their golf carts in case of an accident, theft, etc. In this article we give the 2013 golf cart stats, share stories of golf cart accidents, share some of the rules governing golf carts in our city, and better inform you of golf cart insurance.

Golf Cart Accident stats for 2011-2013:

2011

74 Golf Cart Accidents
11 With Injuries
40 With Drivers 16 or under

2012

69 Golf Cart Accidents
16 With Injuries
31 With Drivers 16 or under

2013

57 Golf Cart Accidents
13 With Injuries
27 With Drivers 16 or under

Golf Cart Thefts for 2011-2013:

2011 77 (17 at McIntosh High School)
2012 48 (1 at McIntosh High School)
2013 28 (1 at McIntosh High School)

Ever Had a Close Call on a Golf Cart?

We would dare say that all of us have had close calls while driving around on our golf carts and hopefully that is all they ever will be. However, with 90+ golf cart paths and over 10,000 golf carts in Peachtree City there are bound to be accidents. In fact, there are more golf cart accidents in Peachtree City than any of us will ever know. Why? Because people rarely report golf cart accidents. However, some accidents can’t go unreported.

Golf Cart Insurance Can Help With Golf Cart Accidents

The first thing people realize when they move to Peachtree City is that we love our golf carts. But did you know that your golf cart is not covered by your homeowners insurance policy? Golf cart insurance with Clay Van Meter can provide coverage for you, your family, and your golf cart. Some benefits include Bodily Injury coverage, Physical Damage coverage, Uninsured Motorist coverage, as well as Medical Payment coverage.

Golf Cart Insurance is very specific to Peachtree City. There are not many other places where you would need to consider insuring your golf cart, however, seeing the amount of time you and your family spend on your golf cart, there is no reason not to get it insured! Although golf cart insurance is not required by law, it is a wise decision to protect yourself and your family members who use the golf cart.

Stories of Golf Cart Accidents in Peachtree City (names changed for Privacy)

As you read the stories of these accidents and incidents with golf carts, notice how having golf cart insurance helped save the families involved.
William Smith’s wife fell off the golf cart and broke her nose. Their golf cart was insured so the medical bills for her injury are covered by the golf cart insurance provided by Clay Van Meter with State Farm.

Jerry Jones’ teenage daughter was injured in an accident on a golf cart. She had a friend in the passenger seat. Because they had golf cart insurance, the medical bills for injuries of his daughter and her friend were both covered.

Like the majority of high schoolers in Peachtree CIty, Susan Chase’s son drove his golf cart to McIntosh High School every day. One day, his golf cart was stolen right out of the parking lot. The golf cart was insured so Clay Van Meter’s State Farm paid for that.

Wendy Alvarez’s daughter was hit by a car in her golf cart. The daughter was made to look like she was at fault when she really was not. This family did not have golf cart insurance so they are now paying out of pocket to replace their golf cart. This is one example of a Peachtree City citizen who is wishing they would have insured their golf cart.

Duane King had his golf cart insured. He parked it on an incline and the brake popped, causing it to roll down the hill into a dock. No one was on the golf cart at the time of the incident, however they had a policy on it so the repairs to the golf cart were covered by Clay Van Meter, as well as the damage it did to the dock!

Are Golf Carts Safe?

Regardless of how much we enjoy our golf carts in Peachtree City, we must realize that they are not the safest mode of transportation. The exposed seating and high speeds that can be reached by golf carts are not a good combination. Add sharp turns and automobiles in the mix and you will find that golf cart rides are a bit more dangerous than you may have anticipated.

We are not trying to scare you from riding your golf cart, we are simply trying to make you aware of the dangers that you may experience. There are safety precautions you can take to make riding on your golf cart a safer experience. Be sure that the speed governor on your cart is working well and add seat belts if you have children.

Rules for Peachtree City Golf Carts

Golf Carts May Only Be Driven By The Following:

  • People age 16 or older (with or without a license)
  • People with a suspended or revoked license may not drive a golf cart.
  • People 15 years old with a valid learners permit. If he/she is unaccompanied by a parent/grandparent or person 18 years or older, they may drive accompanied by one other person who must be at least 15 years old, or 3 immediate family members.
  • People 12, 13, and 14 years old must be accompanied in the front seat by a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian.
  • No one under the age of 12 years old may drive a golf cart.

    More Golf Cart Information

    Need to Register Your Golf Cart in Peachtree City? Click the link to see how.
    Here is an available Golf Cart Map in Peachtree City.

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    10 Responses to Golf Cart Accidents in Peachtree City – Watch Out For Kids 17 & Younger!

    1. keith tompkins on April 4, 2016 at 3:15 am

      golf carts? they are golf cars not carts! a cart is a wheeled device pulled from the front.

    2. Robert J. Taylor on August 6, 2015 at 3:15 am

      I think kids under 16 shouldn’t drive any golf carts. No matter they drive with adults or not.

    3. Keith on August 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Can you publish the rules of the road/laws regarding golf carts in relation to pedestrians and motor vehicles? Who has the right of way, etc.

    4. Mari on August 5, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Agree with your thought process, Garrett, but still wonder what tracking mechanism is in place for those without a license who commit a traffic infraction and are ticketed. Those individuals could commit enough infractions to warrant revoking their licenses…if they had them. And they could either plead guilty or be found guilty in court, but still wouldn’t have a revoked/suspended license since they had none to begin with. It doesn’t worry me much as the number of accidents per mile is so low. But it is an interesting question. 🙂

      I believe I got an email about this article, so must have signed up to receive messages at some point.

    5. Dan Bramblett on August 5, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Out of the 27 under 17 where in the age group 12-14 with out a guardian in the front seat? I am out on the paths as a runner, biker, and cart user and a lot of those kids look younger than 15 with a full passenger compartment and no guardian.
      How are the rules being enforced?

      • PTC People
        PTC People on August 5, 2014 at 2:35 pm

        Dan,

        That is a good question. I have seen police on the paths on four wheelers. I imagine the paths are pretty hard to patrol. I think the best option would be for parents to make sure their kids are not driving illegally. I wonder how many parents just don’t know, haven’t taken the time or effort to learn the law, know and don’t care, or their kids are driving behind their backs.

        Sincerely,

        Garret

    6. Mari on August 4, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      I’m guessing the thought behind the law was that someone with a suspended or revoked license has already demonstrated unlawful behavior with a motor vehicle. Someone with no license, whether 16 or 76, perhaps hasn’t the same history with moving violations (though I don’t know how anyone could be sure of that – are violations even tracked for those without a license?). Would be interesting to know the rationale.

      • PTC People
        PTC People on August 5, 2014 at 8:23 am

        Mari,

        I am not 100% sure why but my logic is this. In the United States & Peachtree City we are still innocent until proven guilty. Yes, someone without a license could be just as irresponsible. Thanks so much for your comment.

        btw – How did you first hear about our website?

        Sincerely,

        Garret

    7. grant on August 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      New to the area but doesnt it seem a bit backwards that anyone 16+ even with no license can drive one but an adult with a suspended or revoked license cant? If thats the case shouldnt everyone who drives a golfcart have a valid license?

      • PTC People
        PTC People on August 5, 2014 at 8:26 am

        Grant,

        Welcome to the area. Thanks for commenting. My answer would be the same as I gave Mari in the comment above. However, I am not sure why the law is that way it is. I think you bring up a fantastic point worth looking into more. I will see what I can find.

        Let us know if there is anything you need information on with regards to being new to Peachtree City. Have you seen our “Best in PTC” directory. This is a directory of businesses, non-profits, clubs & churches that we recommend to our People in Peachtree City.

        Sincerely,

        Garret

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