Go-karts, or go-carts, are miniaturized cars that are used for recreation purposes, often on a special track made specifically for the vehicles. They can sometimes reach speeds of 30-40 mph or more, depending on the design and purpose. Go-kart parks allow several competitors to drive or race on the tracks at the same time.
Go-kart accidents can occur during the recreational or competitive events. These can include:
- Collisions with other vehicles
- Collisions with a wall, lane divider, or other obstacle
- Flips and roll-overs
Go-karts are equipped with safety harnesses, and drivers must wear protective equipment such as helmets. However, injuries can still occur during a go-kart accident. These can include head injuries, neck and spine injuries, and other similar collision-related injuries. In some accidents, fires can also occur.
In most cases, a go-kart venue or arena will have participants sign a liability waiver which releases them from liability for injuries occurred during go-kart events. However, they can still be held liable for a go-kart accident under certain circumstances. For instance, go-kart hosts are generally required to keep the vehicles in safe, proper working order. If the staff knows or should have known about a vehicle that needed repairs, they could be held liable for negligence if an accident or injury occurs.
Similarly, go-kart manufacturers can also be held liable for a product liability issue if a go-kart is found to be defective. In particular, defects related to fires or explosions can be particularly dangerous.
Lastly, other go-kart drivers on the track might be held liable for an accident if they were found to be negligent or reckless in driving their kart. Liability may also result if the person acted intentionally in trying to cause an accident or injury.
Go-kart accident lawsuits can result in a personal injury lawsuit. In most cases, the lawsuit may result in a monetary damages award. This can cover losses caused by the accident, including past and future medical expenses, lost wages and lost earning capacity, past and future physical pain, and scarring/disfigurement/impairment. In some cases, the go-kart accident may lead to a product recall or a class action suit if there is a widespread defect.
Go-kart accidents can be serious and can lead to severe injuries. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need assistance with a legal claim. Your attorney can provide you with legal assistance and guidance if you need to file a claim. Also, if you need to appear in court, your lawyer can provide you with representation during meetings and hearings.