Tragically, a Missouri man died in a go-kart accident west of Reeds Spring, according to KansasCity.com. The 46-year-old died when his go-kart ran off the road, hit a tree and overturned.
Although accident statistics for all go-kart crashes are not readily available, statistics are available for go-kart accidents that occur at amusement parks. According to SaferParks.org, 40 percent of go-kart accidents occur with kids between the ages of 7 and 12.
Most go-kart accident injuries are caused by collisions with other carts or collisions with stationary objects. Other common types of injuries are abrasions from seatbelts, burns, individuals being hit by go-karts, and accidents while loading or unloading. In addition, some highly publicized accidents in recent years have illustrated the dangers of strangulation of go-kart riders wearing neck scarves or head coverings while riding.
How do you ride safely on a go-kart? First, a child needs training before operating a go-kart alone. Before you allow your child to drive a go-kart, make sure they understand how to operate the kart. Follow all instructions in the owner’s manual. Do not attempt to put two people into a go-kart designed for one. Always fasten your safety belt. Always wear a helmet and protective gear.
Go-karts can be a great deal of fun, but if not operated properly they can be deadly. If you have been injured in a Missouri go-kart accident that you believe was caused by another person’s negligence, contact the St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Page Law at 314-322-8515 today for a free consultation.