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Survivors in Deadly Bus Crash Return to Say ‘Thank You’

July 17th, 2014

File:Preston Bus Preston Bus Station PN57NFC.jpgYou may remember a tragic bus accident that made headline news about a year ago in Jefferson County Tennessee.  Recently, a feel good story was also covered for this tragic event.

Nine months post-crash, the twelve survivors of the deadly bus crash traveled back to Jefferson County to thank all of the first responders and doctors who assisted in saving their lives.  The scene this day was so much different than the panic and chaos of nine months past.  Today, they simply wanted to say “thank you”.

Tears and hugs greeted the doctors, nurses, helicopter pilot, and others; all who all aided in saving the lives of the twelve survivors.  They also mourned the loss of the six who died on that horrific day when the church bus carrying the 18 passengers blew a tire on Interstate 40.

Tire blowouts are one of the most common reasons for accidents on the road.  Michelin reports approximately 535 fatalities and 23,000 collisions per year due to a tire blowout.

Preventative maintenance to tires is a necessity in reducing the chance of a blowout.  Make sure your tires are property inflated and monitor the wear and tear of tires.

The most common reason Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Insurance, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

Eight People Injured in High Speed Chase

July 14th, 2014

abardwellHigh speed chases are dangerous for everyone involved.  Many times police will abort a chase due to the danger it causes for other drivers on the road.  Sometimes though, these chases cannot be stopped and they can end in tragedy.

Recently, a Huntersville family, along with two police officers and two other people were tragically the victims in a chain reaction crash that was originally caused by driver trying to flee the police.

Jeffery Greene was trying to avoid capture after officers attempted to arrest him at the Days Inn in Cornelius.  He was wanted for felony warrants in three separate counties, including one in Mecklenburg County.

The police chase began on Interstate 77 in Cornelius and continued until it ended in Statesville when Greene lost control of his vehicle crashing into three other vehicles.  Joseph, Vickie and Brandon Serrone were seriously injured in the crash.  All three were from Huntersville.

Vickie Serrone suffered a fractured rib, punctured lung, lacerated spleen and a concussion.  Her son, Brandon suffered a broken eye socket and cuts to his side and back.

In all, eight people were injured as a result of the crash, including two police officers.  Miraculously no one was killed.  Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News, Personal Injury, Third Party Claims, Wrongful Death

Hand Blown Off in Fireworks Accident

July 13th, 2014

Traffic laws, safety regulations, and other rules to follow are there to keep people safe. Unfortunately, there are those who disregard those rules, and when they do, people get hurt. It may result in no more than a dented car, but these incidents can also cause injury and death. Repair costs and medical bills should not be the responsibility of the injured party, if the accident was caused by another. In such cases, legal compensation is not only fair, it’s a necessity.

Fire Rescue in North Catawba were called to a residence on Doyle Drive on July 4th.

A 52-year-old man was seriously injured when a mortar-style firework exploded, according to a Fire-Rescue captain.

The patient had to be flown by helicopter, because his injuries were severe. The captain believes he may have been taken to the Burn Center at North Carolina Baptist Hospital.

The captain also stated that the firework that caused the injury was illegal to use in North Carolina. He also encouraged everyone to leave fireworks to professionals and to attend a fireworks show, not light them in their backyards.

If you or a loved one have suffered injury due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness, Read more

Posted In: In The News, Personal Injury

Driver with Learning Permit Gives New Meaning to Drive Thru

July 12th, 2014

Jeff PoskanzerDinner with friends should be a great night out.  Imagine sitting down with your best friends at a local restaurant to have dinner interrupted by a car crashing through the building.

This is exactly what happened at Mac’s Speed shop, the local barbecue favorite on South Boulevard.  Three people were injured as a result of the crash, but luckily none of the injuries were serious.

The accident happened when a 15-year-old driver, with a temporary permit, was learning to drive the family vehicle.  He was with his family at the time of the crash.

Lerner permit accidents are pretty common.  A nervous driver sometimes means to hit the brake but instead hits the gas.  Some of these accidents are benign and leave a funny story, but other times; these accidents can be quite serious and cause serious injury or even death to the driver or others.  In these instances it’s good to know what steps to take to file a claim.

When a teenager drives with a valid permit they are covered under their parent’s auto insurance.  Whatever benefits the parent has with their insurance company transfers to the student driver as long as they are behind the Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News

ATV Safety Tips

July 9th, 2014

Accidents are just an unfortunate fact of life. Most of us will be involved in at least one at some point.  There are a great many of these accidents that are caused by someone being careless or disregarding the law, but there are just as many that could be avoided if people only take the proper precautions before driving. Remembering safety at all times is very important. In fact, it can save lives. Whether one is riding an ATV, driving a car, or on a bicycle, the proper procedures must be followed at all times. Car drivers should always be aware of off-road vehicles or motorcycles. If driving a car, it’s important to slow down when seeing an off-road vehicle out on the road. They may be preparing to turn off the road to follow a trail. Or they maybe be preparing to drive onto the road again. Keep a close on them and slow down until it’s clear what’s about to happen next. ATV drivers should always remember the following:

  • Wear a helmet.
  • Check your tires regularly.
  • Use hand signals on the road.
  • Do not ride an overloaded vehicle.
  • Always wear protective boots.
  • Never drink alcohol while using
Read more Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News

Student Injured by Car in Domestic Dispute

July 4th, 2014

An accident is a traumatic affair, even if it is a minor fender bender. When it involves injury, or worse, the losses can be catastrophic. There will be a financial cost, as well, but it should never be the responsibility of the victim to pay it. That burden lies with the cause of the accident. Legal representation from experienced personal injury attorneys can make that happen.

A high school student was injured in an accident in Barbour County and flown to the hospital.

Deputies said the accident was, in fact, a domestic situation. A woman was taken into custody and charged with malicious wounding for hitting the young man with a car.

According to family members, the victim is in stable condition in the ICU, after having been on a ventilator at first. He sustained a fractured skull and a collapsed lung. The victim is a football player, and some of the parents of his teammates and family members have set up a fund for him to assist in his recovery.

Those who cause grievous injury to others should not be allowed to get away with it. If you’ve been a victim and suffered injury, contact us at Auger & Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News, Injuries to Children

GM Adds Another 8.2 Million Vehicles to Recall

July 2nd, 2014

Any time we buy a product, we should expect that it’s safe to use. This goes especially for things where failure of the product can result in serious harm, like food, or toys for children, or the vehicles we drive. This responsibility of the manufacturer does not end when the product leaves the factory floor. They should be accountable for any injuries or deaths caused by their products — but that does not happen without the help of a qualified attorney to fight for the rights of the consumer.

General Motors recently added 8.2 million vehicles to the list of cars being recalled due to faulty ignition switches. All in all, that brings the total for 2014 to 29 million, which is 7 million more than all recalls by all automakers in the previous years.

There have been three deaths, eight injuries, and seven crashes which involved the models of vehicles being recalled, but there is no conclusive evidence that the accidents were due to the faulty ignition switch.

The ignition switches in these cars would turn from “run” to “accessory” without warning, which shuts down the engines. Without power steering and power break, the driver can no longer Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News, Personal Injury, Products Liability

Tree Crash Leaves One Dead, One Injured

June 26th, 2014

Accidents are an unfortunate part of life. There will always be someone out there who is dangerously careless or reckless, causing harm to others. It is only right that these people be made to compensate those they hurt for any injuries, damages, or deaths they cause, but that can only happen with the help of a competent attorney who knows the law and has the experience to understand what an accident victim is suffering.

A car crash in Charlotte has left one person dead and another seriously injured, after the driver lost control and ran into a tree.

The Charlotte Fire Department was called to the scene of the accident around 1:30 in the afternoon. It took almost a dozen firefighters to free a victim from the wrecked vehicle.

According to CFD, two people were taken to the hospital, both with life-threatening injuries. The driver was later declared dead.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say the car was weaving back and forth at a high rate of speed. The driver could not control it anymore, and over-corrected, sliding sideways to run off the road and slam into a tree. There were no other vehicles in the accident.

The driver was a 24-year-old male Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News

Blowout Causes Minor Injuries for 3

June 26th, 2014

The most common thought that runs through a person’s mind when they think “car accident” is “driver fault”, yet that’s not the only reason why a car crash can happen. Cars are very complicated machines. A sudden mechanical failure can cause a car to become uncontrollable. That’s what happened in a recent accident in Charlotte.

Three people sustained minor injuries after a tire blew out on a car. That caused the car to swerve into the other lane and crash into another vehicle.

The US Department of Transportation says that roughly 20% of all crashes are due to mechanical failure. The owner of the car with the failure is usually liable for damages, but other parties could also be liable such as the mechanic that installed the part or the manufacturer. It can be difficult to track down exactly where the problem arose, since a problem in a part may not arise until months or even years after installation.

In complicated cases like this, that’s where skilled attorneys come into play. We know the laws, and we know how to argue for your just compensation. Whether we need to file suit against the driver, the mechanic, or even seek information Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News, Personal Injury, Products Liability

Pregnant Women More Likely to Cause Car Accidents

June 23rd, 2014

“They often ask me about flying, sitting in hot tubs and scuba roller skating… but never have I been asked about traffic accidents, despite the possible threat,” says Dr.Redelmeir, a scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto.

Concerned about this unstudied risk, Redelmeier began an investigation into the driving records of pregnant women and car accidents, and found that pregnant women are far more likely to be in car accidents, up a staggering 42% when compared to non-pregnant women. Such is the risk that statistically, 1 in 50 women will be in a car crash during their pregnancy.

The study concluded that all women are equally at risk of causing car accidents, regardless of socioeconomic background or age, during their pregnancy. The only variable that changed in correlation to a woman’s pregnancy was time, and the spike happed during the first month of the second trimester.

No change in car accidents occurred when pregnant women were passengers, meaning that the great increase in accidents all occurred while the women were driving. Researchers attribute this to the fact by the second trimester, pregnant women feel normal, even though they are changing drastically both mentally and physically. Symptoms Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Injuries to Children
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