Firm Partner Benny Agosto, Jr. has reached a confidential settlement on behalf of the family of Ronald Burdick for the fatal injuries Mr. Burdick sustained after being thrown from a golf cart at the Dolce Living Rosenberg property on May 7, 2015. After being hospitalized at Memorial Hermann Hospital for eight days, Mr. Burdick did not survive his injuries and died on May 15, 2015.
Following their move from Alaska to Texas to be closer to their children and grandchildren, Mr. Burdick and his wife visited the Dolce Living Rosenberg property in search of a new apartment. The leasing agent offered to show the couple a few different model apartments using the property’s golf cart, which was frequently used to travel within the apartment complex. Mrs. Burdick sat in the front seat with the leasing agent, while Mr. Burdick sat in the rear seat. The leasing agent reversed the golf cart and began driving towards one of the property’s gates, when suddenly and without warning, she made an unexpected tight left turn, ejecting Mr. Burdick from the golf cart and onto the pavement. Mr. Burdick suffered a serious brain injury as a result of the forceful fall and died days later.
When used properly, golf carts can be very safe and can actually help prevent injuries. However, they can be dangerous if they are misused or not adequately maintained. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), there are approximately 10,000 golf cart-related injuries requiring emergency room treatment in the U.S. each year.
One of the most significant causes of serious injuries in golf cart accidents is passenger ejection, as CPSC statistics show that roughly 35% of golf cart accidents involve a passenger falling out of or being ejected from the vehicle. The same statistics indicate that at least 10% of golf cart accidents involve rollover, which roughly doubles the likelihood that passengers will sustain injuries requiring extended hospitalization like brain trauma compared to non-rollover accidents.