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Three separate North Carolina motorcycle accidents have claimed 4 lives this weekend. A fifth person remains in critical condition.

On Saturday night, 21 year old Sharaz Osman was killed when he crashed into a vehicle making a left turn. Just prior to the crash, Osman was seen overtaking other vehicles by passing them on the right in a right turn only lane, while traveling at an increased rate of speed.

Less than one hour later, Susan Fried was killed when she fell off the back of a motorcycle. The driver of that motorcycle, David Fries, was slowing for traffic in a construction zone when he lost control of the bike and hit a car, ejecting Susan Fries from the bike.

Two more people were killed on Sunday night in another motorcycle wreck. Motorcyclists Roger Carriker, with passenger Elizabeth Cross, was traveling south on US 29 when a car pulled out of a parking lot, striking the motorcycle, killing Carriker and Cross. The driver of the car, Dexter Jones, is in critical condition.

All three accidents are under investigation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), for every mile driven, the rider of a motorcycle is 37 times more likely to die in a traffic crash than the driver of a passenger vehicle. Fatal motorcycle accidents in North Carolina are on the rise, and some officials blame lack of experience and limited safety training on the increase.

Injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can range from road rash to broken limbs to brain injury to death. An experienced attorney can evaluate your case and give you the best advice.

A North Carolina car accident has left a child in critical condition after being ejected from a vehicle. Four year old Gilbert Garcia Torres was thrown from a vehicle Sunday morning when a Toyota Camry hit a Ford Explorer so hard that it came to a rest on its side, with the ejected child trapped beneath it. Bystanders were able to lift the SUV off the child.

Police are still investigating and trying to determine how the child was ejected. North Carolina law requires the driver and all passengers of a motor vehicle to wear seatbelts, and all children under the age of 8 to be secured in a child passenger restraint system.

Hendersonville Police Captain Doug Jones reports that Torres’ condition is improving.

A 12 year old Georgia boy was not as lucky, and did not survive after being ejected from the family SUV in a wreck on I85 near Commerce, GA on Friday. Georgia law only requires that front seat passengers wear seatbelts. Devin Pierce, a rear seat passenger, was ejected when the Ford Excursion he was a passenger in suffered the blowout of a rear tire and struck a guard rail.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the leading cause of death for children between 3 to 14 years of age is motor vehicle accidents.

The injury attorneys at Auger & Auger urge you to keep yourself and your family safe. Buckle up! Keep seatbelts where they belong-secured across the rib cage and around the pelvis, and make sure children are properly buckled in age appropriate child restraint systems.

The Charlotte, North Carolina car accident attorneys at Auger & Auger remind you that North Carolina Law requires that drivers and all passengers of a motor vehicle wear seatbelts, and that children under the age of 8 must be properly restrained in an appropriate car seat.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has declared the week of September 18-24, 2011 as Child Passenger Safety Week. According to Seatcheck.org, up to 70% of car seats are not properly installed. To find a child car seat inspection station near you, click here.

According to NHTSA, the leading cause of death for children between 3 to 14 years of age is motor vehicle accidents, and on average, 4 children die each day in a car accident. Of the 5,598 children killed in car accidents in 2008, 46% were not wearing seatbelts. NHTSA recommends that all children under the age of 13 ride in the back seat.

One month after the family of North Carolina wrongful death victim, Darryl Turner, was awarded $10 million, a Fayetteville man has died after being Tased by police.

On August 25, Michael Evens was seen acting in an erratic manner and was allegedly trying to jump into the path of vehicles in the roadway. Police attempted to arrest Evans, and when he resisted, a Taser was used. Following the stun by Taser, Evans collapsed. He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Several days later, Fayetteville Police suspended the use of Tasers while they investigate this incident and can figure out whether they are safe for use.

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