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The Dangers of Boating at Night

October 22nd, 2014

Night FerryWhen driving a car at night, lanes are marked and you know that you and every car around you is limited by the road they’re driving on. You can see headlights from oncoming and following cars, the taillights of cars in front of you, and everyone is required to wear a seatbelt and drive the speed limit.

While boating at night, you lose every one of the aforementioned advantages: it is very difficult, if not impossible to see where you are going, you will likely not see objects on or just below the surface, lights from other boats may or may not be visible, you don’t know where other boats may be travelling and in what direction, you may not know where to look for head/taillights, and you aren’t required to wear a seatbelt or drive at any particular speed. The only thing protection you have is the vastness of the waters you’re on and laws preventing boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs (BUI).

This past 4th of July, the dangers may have been overlooked, and a boat collision affected 22 passengers, killing 4 and injuring others.  Following a fireworks display off Dinner Key Marina in Florida, Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident, Uncategorized

Joan Rivers’ Death – Was It Negligence?

October 21st, 2014

Joan Rivers by David Shankbone NYC 2010Risky procedure. It’s a phrase that we see all too often in the cases of poor medical outcomes. We have seen the phrase more in recent news in the wake of Joan Rivers’ death. Yes, any time a person is placed under anesthesia, there is a risk. But isn’t medical technology advanced enough to minimize that risk in today’s day and age?

There is always a chance of having an allergic reaction to the drugs used to induce a state of deep unconsciousness. If we are to believe rumors, however, Ms. Rivers underwent surgical procedures a number of times, making an acute allergic reaction questionable.

You can find numbers that are on the side of risk or on the side of safety. In fact, a medical website called HCP Live reports that 10.8% of the time, anesthetics cause perioperative (or after an operation) cardiac arrest. When you look at the information from Mayo Clinic, you discover that it’s actually this: 10.8% of all cardiac arrests that occurred preoperatively were determined to be caused by anesthesia. This translates to 0.5 heart events per 10,000 patients.

This leads many people to believe that, in this case, Ms. Rivers’ death may not have Read more

Posted In: In The News, Wrongful Death

A Year After Tragedy on Fair’s Midway, Inspectors are Cautious

October 20th, 2014

m01229A year after the tragedy at the North Carolina State Fair, safety is a word on everyone’s tongue. Especially it would seem for Steve Troxler, Agriculture Commissioner for North Carolina, who used it numerous times in his speech on Monday.

“We’re catchin’ hell left and right – they’re double- and triple-checking everything,” said Omar Knight.

After last year’s accident that left several people injured, some severely; this year’s safety inspectors are paying even closer attention than usual. One of the victims of last year’s incident is Anthony Gorham who is still unable to work. Cases are still pending, both civil and criminal, against the owners of the ride that injured Gorham.

When these accidents happen that is when the services of professionals, like the Personal Injury specialists of Auger & Auger, Attorneys at Law, are needed. With a policy of aggressive representation for victims of personal injury, a focus on high quality, state wide service and excellence in the advice we provide for our clients.

The attorneys of Auger & Auger are here for you. We understand that each person is different and will have unique needs, so we will personalize our services for you as we listen to Read more

Posted In: In The News, Third Party Claims

Drowsy Driver Crashes Into Building

October 16th, 2014

Kelly Sue DeConnickTuesday morning commuters saw something somewhat unusual; a SUV buried in the side of a building. Thor Pugh fell asleep at the wheel according to what he told police and ran his SUV into the side of the Old Hickory Granary. When firefighters arrived on scene Pugh had already extracted himself from the wreckage, suffering cuts and lacerations to his head.

“I was just lucky I survived.  I’m happy I didn’t hit the tree. I was one foot away from the tree, if I had hit the tree I don’t know if I would have lived,” says Pugh.

 

He will be cited with improper lane change for the accident.

As is often the case with accidents, the damage caused goes far beyond the obvious injuries and fatalities. If you have been injured, be it in a car, motorcycle or truck accidents, or any other serious personal injury claim, you don’t have to go through such difficult situations alone.

With over 20 years of experience, the attorneys at Auger & Auger are here to listen to you and answer your questions. Call our offices today for a free consultation, where you will speak with an attorney, not an assistant, Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News

The Ultimate Question List to Ask Before Hiring A Personal Injury Lawyer

October 15th, 2014

Six Weeks in a CastThe safety of yourself and your family is undoubtedly one of your priorities. When you or a family member is injured through no fault of our own, be it at work, at school or on someone’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering.

It is often in your best interest to consult with a personal injury lawyer before you speak with any individual party or insurance agent. An attorney with experience in personal injury law can give you much needed advice regarding your rights and eligibility to receive compensation.

If you have never experienced an issue that necessitated the contacting of an attorney, you may be overwhelmed by your choices. There are dozens of lawyers in the area that claim to be experts at this type of litigation. Unfortunately, not all of these attorneys have the experience that they claim.

Before you take any steps forward, it is important that you hire the right lawyer to handle your case. To assist you in that endeavor, here is a list of questions that you must ask before you hire any personal injury attorney.

1. What is your area of specialty? While Read more

Posted In: Personal Injury

Two Injured In York County Crash Due To Sleepy Driver

October 10th, 2014

According to reports from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Tuesday morning accident that closed down portions of the road was caused by a driver falling asleep at the wheel. The thirty-nine year old woman who fell asleep while driving veered left of center into an oncoming Dodge pickup truck. The pickup truck then lost control and struck a semi, knocking loose part of the vehicle which then struck yet another vehicle. The woman who initially wrecked as well as one other driver both suffered injuries in the incident and were transported to a local hospital for treatment of those injuries.

When these accidents happen that is when the services of professionals, like the Personal Injury specialists of Auger & Auger, Attorneys at Law, are needed. With a policy of aggressive representation for victims of personal injury, a focus on high quality, state wide service and excellence in the advice we provide for our clients, the attorneys of Auger & Auger are here for you. We understand that each person is different and will have unique needs, so we will personalize our services for you as we listen to your situation. So if you have been injured, contact the Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News

The Fatal Five: 5 Motorcycle Safety Myths and Misconceptions

October 9th, 2014

Motorcycles and riders, circa 1980sWhen it comes to highway accidents in the United States, 11% can be attributed to motorcycles. Unfortunately, while owning and operating a motorcycle can provide a sense of exhilarating freedom, your chances for serious injury or death are higher than that of any other vehicle’s driver.

People hold the assumption that accidents involving motorcycles are due to reckless driving on the part of the motorcycle operator. This is not always the case. Here we will clear up five of the most common motorcycle safety myths and misconceptions.

1. Aggressive driving by motorcycle operators causes accidents.

Contrary to what you may have come to believe, the majority of accidents involving motorcycles are actually caused by the other driver involved in the accident. Why? Because motorcycles can be difficult to see, and they often go unnoticed by drivers of cars and trucks.

2. Potholes and inclement weather contribute to thousands of motorcycle accidents.

The truth of the matter is this: Weather and poor road conditions were the cause of approximately 2% of al motorcycle accidents in 2012. Motorcycles driven by trained operators are stable and safe enough to drive on most roads and in most weather conditions.

3. The younger the operator, Read more

Posted In: Motorcycle Accidents

Two High School Students Die in Crash, One in Critical Condition

October 8th, 2014

Bunker Hill High School remains in a state of shock and mourning after the death of two students and the hospitalization of a third. Alec Sigmon and Justin Turner, along with Sigmon’s sister, Jessica Sigmon, and Chloe Cordell were all in a car together when the accident occurred. Jacob Turner, who had recently graduated, was driving the vehicle at fast speeds down River Bend Road when he lost control of the vehicle according to investigators. The car flipped, killing Alec Sigmon and Justin Turner, as well as seriously injuring Chloe Cordell who remains in critical condition.

When these accidents happen that is when the services of professionals, like the Personal Injury specialists of Auger & Auger, Attorneys at Law, are needed. With a policy of aggressive representation for victims of personal injury, a focus on high quality, state wide service and excellence in the advice we provide for our clients, the attorneys of Auger & Auger are here for you. We understand that each person is different and will have unique needs, so we will personalize our services for you as we listen to your situation. So if you have been injured, contact the attorneys of Auger & Auger Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News

Charlotte Accidents on the Rise

October 7th, 2014

profile_herbAttorney Herb Auger says injuries are up too

CHARLOTTE, NC – 2013 was the worst year for car accidents in four years, according to a new crash report that came out last month. Attorney Herb Auger of Auger & Auger says these accidents aren’t all fender-benders—injuries and deaths are on the rise as well.

The report is compiled annually by the Charlotte Department of Transportation (DOT) and shows there were roughly 21,000 accidents last year, according to TWC News (retrieved 10.02.2014). That’s the highest level since 2009, a fact that Auger says is not coincidental.

“What we’re seeing is more people on the roads driving because the economy has improved,” he said. “More drivers means more accidents.”

But Auger says that doesn’t make the crashes inevitable.

“If you look at the numbers, we’re also seeing an increase in distracted driving,” he said. “People don’t realize using a cell phone can impair you as severely as driving drunk.”

Nearly one in four of the accidents were caused by distracted driving, according to the report.

“Not all the accidents are minor,” Auger said. “We’re also seeing a high rate of fatal accidents, and many people who do survive a wreck will face Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News

Construction Worker Injured in Platform Fall

October 7th, 2014

A construction worker is battling life-threatening injuries after an accident on the work site. Early Thursday morning a man who was working on the apartment complex being built on Barclay Downs Drive and Morrison Boulevard fell approximately twenty feet and landed on a raised platform. Emergency crews were forced to use one of the construction company’s cranes to get to the injured worker. While details about the injured man’s condition have not been released, EMS personnel indicated that the injuries the man suffered were life threatening.

Construction is a very dangerous career. Falls and other injuries are common, and safety regulations are followed closely. Yet there is always the opportunity for an accident. All workers should familiarize themselves with how to file a workers’ compensation claim just in case something should happen.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed, in a car, motorcycle or truck accidents, or any other serious personal injury claim, you don’t have to go through such difficult situations alone. Workers’ compensation claims can be very tricky to navigate. With over 20 years of experience, the attorneys at Auger & Auger are here to listen to you and answer your questions. Call our Read more

Posted In: In The News, Workers' Compensation
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