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“It Can Wait” Releases Survey Results

May 29th, 2015

AT&T’s campaign entitled “It Can Wait” released results from its survey last week which should be disturbing to most drivers. 2,000 people responded to the survey, and each reported both owning a smartphone and driving at least once each day. Driving, as defined by the survey, includes both being in motion and stopped at a traffic signal.

In the survey, drivers admitted to using social media sites and apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as texting, emailing, and video chatting while driving. Respondents also admitted to taking selfies while driving and posting those pictures to social media sites.

Four in 10 of the people surveyed admitted to using social media while operating their vehicles. One in 10 admit to chatting via video, and even more admitted to texting, either reading or composing, while driving. The results show just how dangerous it is becoming to drive on the road.

Florida state Representative Irving Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, says that it’s a free-for-all on the roads. “They’re texting, GPSing, they’re Instagramming and on Facebook,” Slosberg said. Calling the behavior of distracted drivers crazy, the representative is calling for car manufacturers to help solve the problem.

Slosberg’s idea is for auto Read more

Posted In: Distracted Driving

US Airways Passenger Protests in the Buff

May 27th, 2015

Most people have taken a flight at least once in their lives. Those who haven’t have probably picked someone up at the airport. It’s usually a routine operation. You arrive at the airport, check your bags, and wait at the gate. If you are picking someone up, you wait at the flight board to watch for their arrival. It is all rather ho-hum and, if we are honest, boring.

Last week, employees and passengers got quite a show at the airport when an elderly man stripped naked to protest the overbooking of his flight to Jamaica. The man had been told repeatedly that he was not able to board his flight taking off from the Charlotte Douglas International airport. To display his frustration, the man removed his clothing.

According to Charlotte resident Sherry Ketchie, 38, the more the airport employee tried to talk to the man, the angrier he got. Eventually, the man removed his shirt. He walked to the bathroom and returned without clothing. The man then headed back to the US Airways counter and continued his argument with the employee.

Funny to most at first, people quickly became alarmed at the man’s growing irritation. The heated argument Read more

Posted In: Aviation Accidents, In The News

Worship Leader’s Family Hurt in Accident

May 25th, 2015

17505955906_85c4c5629c_kHAMPSTEAD, N.C. – A South Carolina family’s life has been forever changed after a drive through North Carolina, and a church community is mourning.

Last Sunday, a South Carolina preacher and his family were driving down the North Carolina coast on the way home from a wedding just outside of Wilmington. A two-year-old boy was killed in the accident and a mother was injured.

The accident happened while Hadley Eddings, pregnant, was sitting at a red light. In the back seat was her two-year-old son. Eddings is the wife of Gentry Eddings, a Forest Hill Church worship leader. Gentry Eddings was driving a separate car and his parents were in another.

As the car was stopped, it was struck from behind by an 18 wheeler whose driver failed to stop. The crash occurred just after noon. As the 18 wheeler hit Eddings’ vehicle, she was pushed into her husband’s. His car was forced off of the road and overturned prior to coming to a stop in the median. Eddings’ parents’ car was also struck.

Hadley Eddings, 37 weeks pregnant, was immediately transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Eddings underwent an emergency cesarean section. The infant is currently on life Read more

Posted In: Truck Accidents

Local Woman Killed in Kabul

May 22nd, 2015

3133178187_d1ac74ce52_mRALEIGH, N.C. – An American, who was killed this week in an Afghanistan Taliban attack, dedicated her life to helping the poor in under-developed nations.

Paula Kantor, 46, traveled all over the world, working to provide aid to those less fortunate, especially women. Kantor was staying at Park Palace Hotel when it was raided by gunmen late Wednesday. The incident left 14 people dead.

Kantor was a gender and development specialist in Kabul to work on a project. She was working with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico.

According to Kantor’s father, she spent her entire adult life working overseas in a variety of countries. Her goal was to improve the economic positions of women. She had joined the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in February as the center’s senior scientist. She is described as having been talented, committed, and energetic.

Kantor worked as the director of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit for two years. Previously, she was based in Malaysia doing work for WorldFish.

Her father says that she was a typical high school student, but began to change in college. A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill talked Read more

Posted In: In The News

Elderly Driver Dies in Car Wreck after running Red Light

May 20th, 2015

download (95)A collision between a car and a truck on Highway 601 near Baucom Deese Road in Union County early Friday morning has left an elderly woman dead. According to authorities, Geneva Murray Ennis, 84, ran a red light and was hit by a pickup truck. The victim was declared dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the truck was uninjured. There are no charges pending for the driver of the pickup truck.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that is when you need an attorney to give you sound advice. Before you talk to an insurance claims adjuster or anyone else after an accident, call the offices of Auger & Auger. We will do everything we can to help you to recover the cost of your medical treatment and ongoing care, loss of work from time off the job, damages, pain and suffering and even wrongful death.

At Auger & Auger, we are focused in all areas of both accident and personal liability law.   Our attorneys know just what needs to be done in a personal injury or accident case.  Have someone on your side that will fight for fairness Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Elderly Drivers, In The News

The Miranda Warning Explained

May 20th, 2015

Anyone who has watched crime TV knows about “Miranda Rights.” Legally known as the Miranda warning, this list of elements is read to you after you are taken into custody and before you are questioned.

What do you really know about your Miranda warning? From the point of view of the suspect, these elements serve to remind you that you have the right to remain silent and to an attorney. To an officer, the warning aids in preserving the admissibility of any statements you make into an official court proceeding.

It’s important to understand that the police aren’t your enemy but, if you are a suspect, they are not your friend. Anything that you say, whether as an utterance or formerly, can come back to haunt you.

The specific wording of the warning can vary from place to place. Each jurisdiction has its own set of rules. No matter how the warning is worded, it must contain the following elements:

  •  You do have the right to not answer questions (or to remain silent)
  • Anything that you decide to say can be used against you in court
  • You have the right to consult an attorney before you answer questions
  • An attorney
Read more Posted In: Personal Injury

What Do You Know About DUI?

May 18th, 2015

8684229367_2826035583_mWhat do you know about DUI? If you have been directly involved with a drinking and driving incident, you may know quite a bit. Here are some more facts about driving under the influence that you may find interesting.

What is impairment?
Impairment has nothing to do with the type of alcohol you consume and everything to do with the amount. The only thing that will rid your body of alcohol is time. Coffee, water, a cold shower…nothing is going to sober you up.

How long before you get caught?
Statistics have shown that the first-time a person is caught driving drunk is not the first time they have driven drunk.

How many people are effected?
27 people are killed in a drunk-driving related crash every day. That is one person every 53 minutes.

What about drivers under-21?
When you have not hit the legal drinking age, you are under a zero-tolerance policy. That is, no matter how little alcohol you have in your system, you are considered to be driving impaired.

How often do drunk driving accidents occur?
Someone in the United States is injured in a drunk driving related crash every 90 seconds.

How many victims?
There are Read more

Posted In: Drunk Driving

Helmetless Rider Dies in Crash

May 13th, 2015

download (74)A woman has died from a motorcycle accident in Rock Hill on Highway 5 on Saturday. The York County Coroner has identified the victim in the two-car crash as Fellicia Mallohan, 52.  Mallohan, a resident of Pineville, North Carolina, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

According to investigators, Mallohan was riding a Harley Davidson when she crashed into a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe at approximately 2:30 p.m. Mallohan was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and was she was thrown from the motorcycle she was riding.

The SUV driver was wearing a seat belt.

Serious injuries or even death can sometimes be caused as a result motor vehicle accidents.  Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable because they are more exposed to both the elements and the hazards of the road.  Riders should always wear a helmet and other protection gear to stay safe. And remember, motorcycles are everywhere.

If you or someone you love has been involved in and injured in an accident involving a motorcycle or other motor vehicle, give the offices of Auger & Auger a call. Our practice focuses on personal injury cases and we have years of experience in helping clients received Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News, Motorcycle Accidents

Even Your Own Dog Will Bite

May 13th, 2015

5876554199_4d07253843_zDog Bite Prevention Week begins Sunday, May 17, 2015. Originating with the AVMA, American Veterinary Medical Association, the idea of the week is to teach people how to avoid dog bites and what to do if one should occur.

Many people mistakenly think that their family pet will not bite. The truth is this: any dog with teeth can and will bite. Even the family pet. Knowing how to live with, supervise, and react to your dog can help minimize the chances of a bite.

With children. If you have a mixture of dogs and children in your home, you need to teach your kids to respect the animal. Even the most patient and tolerant dogs need a bit of alone time now and then. Teach your children not to bother the dog when it is eating, sleeping, or clearly trying to be alone.

With strangers. Do not force your dog to interact with strangers if it doesn’t seem comfortable doing so. A dog that is shy or fearful around people it doesn’t know is more likely to bite than one that is comfortable with new people. You can aid this by socializing your puppy from a young age. Read more

Posted In: Dog and Animal Attacks

Cop to Stand Trial in Mecklenburg County

May 11th, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Randall Kerrick’s trial will not be moved from Mecklenburg County despite his claim that he will not get a fair trial due to the heavy news coverage surrounding his arrest.

Kerrick, a former police officer, is accused of killing an unarmed man while on duty on September 14, 2013. The victim, an African-American former Florida A&M football player, was only 24 when he was shot and killed by Kerrick.

Attorneys representing Kerrick say that the increased tensions between police and citizens across the nation have renewed interest in Kerrick’s case. Kerrick’s incident is similar to those in Baltimore, North Charleston, Ferguson, and Cleveland.

According to prosecutors, Ferrell was unarmed and looking for help. Kerrick’s lawyers disagree and claim to have proof that this was not the case. Still, they say, they will find it difficult to seat a jury of impartial people due to increased media coverage and local anger over police use of force in general.

Prosecutors at the Attorney General’s Office question where the case can be moved if the goal is to find an impartial jury. The rage people feel against the police is not local, but nationwide.

On September 14, 2013, officers, Read more

Posted In: In The News
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