A visit to your local golf course shouldn't end in an injury, but there's always the risk of a freak accident occurring and leaving you with serious wounds. Not all golf course accidents directly involve the sport itself. Golf course grounds crews use a variety of lawnmowers, tractors, and other motorized vehicles to perform a wide range of duties. An operator of one of these machines who isn't paying attention may make contact with you, resulting in broken bones, lacerations, and more. In your personal injury suit, you'll work to prove that the driver of the vehicle was at least 51% at fault using these methods.
The Accident Location
Theoretically, if you had gained access to an off-limits area — perhaps a parking lot where the golf course stores its vehicles — and you were hit by a driver, the golf course's attorneys would attempt to fight your suit by stating that you were somewhere that you shouldn't be. Conversely, if you were in a common area when the accident took place, this will help to bolster your case. For example, you might be able to prove that you were on a fairway or on a walking path when the vehicle approached you without warning and made contact.
Your Attempts At Avoidance
It's possible that the golf course machine simply ran into you before you could react, but there's also a good chance that you tried to avoid being hit. Whether you yelled out, waved your hands, or attempted to run, each of these gestures can support your claim that you tried to avoid the accident. Sometimes, a lawsuit defendant's attorney will argue that you tried to get hit so that you could take legal action. Witnesses in the area, including the fellow members of your golfing group, can attest to your behavior immediately before the incident.
The Driver's Blood Alcohol
After accidents that involve motorized vehicles or that take place at places of work, it's common for the police officers who investigate the scene to take blood alcohol samples from those who caused the incident. Make sure that your attorney works to get access to this police record. If the report shows that the machine operator had any alcohol in his or her system at the time of the incident, this will further help your claim that the driver was controlling the vehicle in a dangerous manner that directly resulted in your serious injury.
For more information, contact a personal injury attorney.
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