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Taking the Mystery Out of Field Sobriety Tests

March 4th, 2015

While it is never a pleasant experience to be pulled over by the police, part of the anxiety comes from the mystery of what may or may not occur. When you are pulled over for a traffic violation and the officer suspects that you may have had one too many, you will be asked to perform a field sobriety test. Here is what you can expect.

One Legged-Stand Test
The officer will request that you stand with your feet together and your arms at your sides. You will be instructed to raise one leg out in front of you. The officer will ask you to point your foot up and keep your leg straight. You will be asked to count, out loud, to 30. The officer will be watching you to see if you use your arms for balance, if you sway, drop your foot before you count to 30, or hop up and down.

Walk-And-Turn Test
The officer will ask you to walk in a straight line, making contact toe-to-heel and heel-to-toe. You will be asked to take nine steps in this manner, turn, and repeat the process back to where you started from. The officer will be Read more

Posted In: Drunk Driving

Elsa Arrested – So Who Do We Blame Now?

March 2nd, 2015

Elsa, the popular Queen from the hit movie ‘Frozen,’ was arrested last week. In fact, she was arrested several times. Taken into custody in Kentucky and just below us in South Carolina, the reigning deity of winter has people fed up. If the harbinger of winter is in the pokey, who can we blame for this wicked weather?

Of course, arresting Elsa was in jest. A way for people sick of this wicked winter weather to blow off steam perhaps. But the hazardous road conditions drivers in Raleigh experienced this past weekend were no laughing matter.

Crashes were reported across the Triangle as late as Sunday morning. Freezing rain mixed with already icy patches on the roadways caused nothing but problems for drivers. A multi-vehicle accident at I-540 was one of the worst seen, involving approximately 12 vehicles.

Meteorologists report that temperatures in the air were high enough to create drizzle, but temperatures at ground level quickly turned that light rain into ice that coated overpasses and bridges along with roadways. According to witnesses of the accident on the 540, one car spun out and created a domino-effect of crashes.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol has cautioned drivers Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Safety Tips

Dogs Attack Two Children in Catawba County

February 27th, 2015

download (99)Dog bites can be extremely serious, especially if they happen to children. They can even be deadly. A dog who is overly playful or sees a child as a threat will not hold back. Owners must be held responsible for the actions of their animals.

One man is now in hot water and a mother in sorrow after her two children were attacked by Rottweiler dogs. The man and the mother are dating  and the children were staying at the man’s house while the mom was working. The man let the dogs out of the kennel so he could clean it out.

He went into his home for a moment, came out, and saw that the children were being attacked. He helped the children get into a car and the dogs corralled before he took them to the hospital. One of the children, a six year old, had to be airlifted to a trauma center.

The dogs are now under the control of the Catawba Animal Shelter.

Although dogs have been domesticated for millennia, some breeds are more prone to attack than others. However, that impulse can be curbed with proper training by owners. Unfortunately, two girls are now Read more

Posted In: Dog and Animal Attacks, In The News, Injuries to Children

Biking Safely in North Carolina

February 27th, 2015

Parade of Motorcycles

When it comes to operating a motorcycle safely, the Governor of North Carolina takes things seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and the N.C. State Highway Patrol have partnered to bring riders the BikeSafe North Carolina program.

The program is open to motorcyclists and offers a variety of skill lessons and assessments in order to make North Carolina roads and highways safer for everyone. Classes and assessments are offered in Raleigh and other cities across the state.

Rider Skills Days
Rider skills days offer assessment on your present motorcycling skills. You can also learn about motorcycle control, factors that contribute to collisions, and professional riding techniques. Classes are offered in Raleigh on March 20, April 17, May 1, May 29, and throughout the rest of the year. A full listing of classes can be found here.

One of the best ways to stay safe on the road is to constantly improve your riding skill. Classes are offered both on- and off-road. To take part in a class, you need your own registered motorcycle, a helmet, eye protection, current license with endorsement, proof of insurance, and the proper clothing.

Typical Agenda
While some classes may Read more

Posted In: Motorcycle Accidents

Two Towns Fight for Traffic Signal at Congested Intersection

February 26th, 2015

sutterstock11Traffic signals are used to control the flow of traffic and provide a safe road experience for all. Decades of study have gone into road safety. But sometimes residents demand for signals that the state is unwilling to pay for.

At the border of Huntersville and Cornelius sits a private elementary school on Highway 73 and Norman Lane. Residents have been complaining that the traffic congestion at that intersection is far too high. They want a light installed there before more accidents happen. Eight have happened from 2010 through 2014, one of which was a fatality.

NCDOT agreed that the intersection is congested, but they disagreed that a traffic signal will solve the problem. However, they would install one if the two communities would agree to pay the $70,000 price tag for the light. Cornelius agreed, but Huntersville’s city council did not. Huntersville residents are now planning community meetings and have started a Facebook campaign to raise awareness and provide pressure on the town to pay for the light.

Sometimes a road is just plain dangerous, whether by poor design, bad repairs, or overcapacity. Communities can take steps like these to make their roads safer. Sadly, a major factor in Read more

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

Rottweilers Attack Child in Newton

February 25th, 2015

NEWTON, N.C. – When you send your child to the home of a friend, you expect that your child will be kept safe. It is a reasonable expectation that any parent would have. Unfortunately, that is not how things turned out Sunday afternoon for a Newton mother.

According to WSOC, a 6-year-old boy was attacked by two Rottweilers at the home of a Catawba County woman. The woman, a friend of the boy’s mother, was watching the boy when the unthinkable happened.

The two dogs attacked the young child in the backyard of the home. Both dogs were seized by officers and taken to the Catawba County Animal Shelter where they will be kept under quarantine. The future fate of the dogs is not known at this time.

Most Dangerous Breeds
While pit bulls tend to have the worst reputation when it comes to dog bites, it is important to remember that any dog can and will bite if provoked, knowingly or not. According to the latest statistics, there are the 10 breeds of dog that are responsible for the highest number of bites or attacks on humans.

Pit bull
There are just over 2,500 registered pit bulls in the Read more

Posted In: Dog and Animal Attacks

DWI Charges in Raleigh Crash

February 23rd, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. – Early Saturday morning was one like no other for residents along Buffaloe Road.

Imagine going to bed for the night, maybe with the television on for background noise, and being awoken to the sound of a tremendous crash. That is exactly what residents were treated to when a pickup truck careened into a row of trees just before 3:40 a.m.

The 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by 40-year-old Luis Servin, went left of the roadway, striking the trees and an embankment before coming to a stop. Police say that Servin was driving impaired.

Servin was taken to WakeMed from the scene with injuries that were reported to be serious. No one else was injured in the accident, and Buffaloe Road was closed for approximately three hours while officials investigated the accident.

Servin was eventually charged with having no operator’s license, failing to maintain a travel lane, no seat belt, and driving while impaired.

Dealing with a DWI

If you or a loved one has been charged with DWI in Raleigh or elsewhere in the state of North Carolina, you need an experienced attorney who knows how to fight for your rights.

Do not wait to hire Read more

Posted In: Drunk Driving

Man’s House Explodes due to Unsafe Heater

February 21st, 2015

download (85)As winter weather cuts in through the Carolinas, people are looking for ways to stay warm. But some of those ways can cause unintentional injury. A man in Caldwell County has been hurt after he tried a different way to stay warm.

The wind had knocked the power out of his house and killed his furnace. Needing heat, he used a propane heater that was meant for outdoor use inside of his home. The propane heater got very hot. So hot that it ignited a second bottle of propane near the heater. It exploded and damaged the walls and roof of his home.

Incredibly, the man was able to use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames, then shoot a window and crawl out of the damage before fire crews arrived. He was conscious and able to tell firefighters what happened despite his second and third degree burns. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Hypothermia is nothing to joke about, but heating your home in unsafe ways can lead to situations like this. If someone else has been injured in this explosion the man could have been held liable for compensation. More layers or going to a Read more

Posted In: In The News

Learn About MADD’s Victim Services

February 20th, 2015

Auger & Auger are proud supporters of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and their efforts to eradicate drunk driving across the state of North Carolina and the nation. We stand behind MADD’s efforts to support victims of drunk drivers in a way that only the group can do.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a drunk driver, MADD can offer support to you and your whole family in a variety of ways.

Victim Compensation

Victim advocates will work on your behalf to help you get the financial assistance that you may be eligible for as a crime victim/survivor. The benefit is available in every state in the nation, though some requirements for eligibility vary.

Compensated costs may include:

  •  Child care
  • Counseling
  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Prescription expenses
  • Funeral expenses

The compensation that you qualify for may also include survivor benefits if your loved one was killed in a DUI accident.

Supportive Literature

MADD produces and distributes a wide variety of literature that can help victims deal with grief after a DUI accident. Literature can help victims cope with injury, death, and the court system.

The group offers age-appropriate brochures that can assist parents Read more

Posted In: Drunk Driving

Man Sues over 2013 Coca Cola 600 Injury

February 19th, 2015

download (84)Back in 2013 there was an accident at the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. To film the races, cameras are mounted on rope structures above the crowd. To keep the camera steady, these ropes are under very high tension.

One of those ropes snapped and sliced through the crowd. It injured ten people and caused a panic in the stands. Some of the rope and the camera had fallen onto the track and they were worried that a car would carry it along and cause more havoc. No drivers were injured but several cars were damaged. Three of the injured people had to be taken to the hospital.

It was later determined that it was a FOX Sports camera that landed on the track. Now a man is suing FOX Sports Productions, the speedway, and Speedway Motorsports for negligence. He said the rope wound around his arm and caused permanent injuries.

Sometimes the full effects of an injury don’t become apparent until much later after an accident. The insurance company may have settled with you already, but further medical care is needed due to later complications. In these cases, it may be necessary to turn to the civil Read more

Posted In: In The News, Personal Injury
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