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Credit: Joe SchlabotnikThe weather is frightfully cold this holiday season. There is a major storm system and cold front pushing through all of America, but it’s hitting the Mid-Atlantic and the New England the worst. Charlotte is expected to receive record-low temperatures and near-blizzard conditions.  Surrounding mountain areas may receive up to 6” of snowfall. Black ice warnings have also been issued.

When winter weather like this hits, it’s very important to be extra safe when you’re on the roads. Snow and ice can make driving far more difficult than expected. A patch of ice or a slick bit of slush can make a car skid or even spin completely out of control. Keep the following safety tips in mind.

  • If you find that you cannot see in a blizzard, it’s better to pull over and wait with your lights on than to try and proceed. Snow can block light and make it extremely difficult to judge distance.
  • Go 5-10 MPH below the speed limit, or even more if conditions are bad enough.
  • Try to stick to plowed roads.
  • If you feel your vehicle begin to skid, turn the wheels in the direction of the skid.
  • Keep your lights on at all times so that others can see you when snow is falling.
  • Keep your gas tank full in case of a breakdown. Your heater could save your life.

The law offices of Auger & Auger wish you and yours a safe holiday season. Be careful out there!

Credit: CMPD / WSOC-TVOne of the most common causes for personal injury cases is a drunken driver. Thousands of DUI accidents happen across the nation every day, and many of them end up with injury and death. The police are doing as well as they can to stop DUI from happening, but they can’t watch everyone.

As the holiday season approaches, more people are taking the chance of driving under the influence of alcohol. Last Saturday, Charlotte police decided to set up a sobriety checkpoint to see how many people they could catch being intoxicated. By the time they were done, 21 people were charged with drunk driving, eight were driving without a license, and 14 others were charged with other traffic violations. That’s 21 potentially fatal accidents just waiting to happen.

It doesn’t take much alcohol to cause someone to become too drunk to drive. In fact, the legal standard of 0.08 BAC is one that may not cause much effect in the mind of a tolerant drunk. Frequently people feel like they are “safe to drive” at that level, even though their reaction times, judgment, and bodily control are starting to waver. If you go out drinking, please use a designated driver or wait until you are absolutely sober before leaving the bar. Getting a DUI charge is no joke, but killing or injuring someone on the road is far worse.

When drunk drivers injure or kill someone, they can open themselves up to wrongful death and personal injury suits. The attorneys at Auger & Auger are ready to help families that have been the victim of drunk driving. If you have been injured, contact our offices.

Credit: Pascal MaramisPedestrian accidents are all too common on our nation’s roads. Studies from the NTSB put about an equal amount of blame on vehicles and pedestrians. Both groups need to obey the rules of the road. A story out of Charlotte put this into perspective.

In one case, a 50-year-old man was charged with felony hit-and-run when a pedestrian was struck crossing Eastway Drive on Thursday. The driver of the truck later called police to report the crime and was charged. The truck is now being processed for evidence.

Police haven’t yet said whether or not the victim was crossing the street at a crosswalk or not, but reporters interviewed people at the bus stops on Eastway Drive. The bus stop on that road is about 50 yards from the nearest crosswalk, and people at the stops told reporters that people regularly cross directly from the stop to a retail center across the street.

Recorded comments from the bus passengers are telling. Their opinion is that if they are aware of the cars and their judgment is good, then there’s no problem. However, this is an extremely dangerous attitude to have. Cars are expected to watch for pedestrians at cross walks, and not at any time. If the victim of this crash was found to have crossed illegally, it would be more difficult for the victim’s family to pursue a civil case. However, the man also ran from the crash before turning himself in. These and other factors will have to be weighed.

If you have been involved in a pedestrian injury accident, you deserve to have your case heard in court. The lawyers at Auger & Auger have been representing personal clients for years in North Carolina. Take a look at some of our testimonials, then give us a call for a free consultation.

Credit: Pink Sherbert PhotographyParents place an amazing level of trust in day care providers. The realities of modern life require many families to seek out day care just so they can make a living. By and large, most day care facilities are caring and supportive places for a child to learn basic skills. However, there are times when a bad worker or even a bad facility slips through the cracks.

In Union County, a DSS supervisor was fired after it was found that she had abused an 11-year-old boy. She had handcuffed the boy by his ankle to her front porch and hung a dead chicken around his neck. A sheriff’s deputy found the boy in this condition and took care of the situation. Police also charged the partner of the DSS supervisor, who was not at home when the boy was discovered. According to the termination letter, the charges were:

  • Intentional child abuse with serious physical injury
  • Willfully failing to discharge duties as a public official
  • False imprisonment
  • Cruelty to animals

Such stories are shocking, and parents will demand answers from the state and from the woman as to how this could ever happen. The parents of this child and the other children in the care of this woman may choose to file a civil suit because of the injuries their children received. No parent should have to tolerate seeing their child injured by someone they trusted. Call Auger & Auger if you need to file a daycare injury lawsuit. We can help bring you justice.

Credit: Steve GarfieldSocial media can play an extremely important role in providing evidence in wrongful injury cases. In the heat of the moment, people have used social media as a way to vent their feelings. Unfortunately, these platforms hold these messages for a very long time, and if they spread widely then it can cause major problems down the road.

A young woman from Florida is now receiving national attention after just such an incident. The woman had a head-on collision with two other women, killing them both. That’s tragic in itself, but what the woman put on social media is causing a public outcry.

The woman, Kaila Mendoza, is an avid Twitter user. She tweeted “2 drunk 2 care” about two hours before alleged crash occurred. The Twitter account also describes her as being a “pothead princess”, and has several pictures and tweets describing illegal drug use, including alcohol.

Her father found Mendoza’s car on the expressway using a GPS device after she violated a curfew. Police are still waiting to find out if Mendoza was drunk at the time of the crash, but she has already been tried in the court of public opinion by her own words.

Wrongful death can happen to any family. If you are caught in such a tragedy, call the law offices of Auger & Auger. We have years of experience helping families get closure after their relatives died from the actions of another person. Call us today if you believe you have a wrongful death case.

Credit: ZeevveezPersonal injury cases are very tough to try sometimes. People come in through our offices with all kinds of sad stories about how they were injured. Sometimes these injuries turn out to be freak accidents or due to negligence. It’s far worse when the injury inflicted was deliberate.

According to a report on the WSOC website, a pregnant woman was assaulted by three assailants in Statesville. It happened just weeks before her due date. The three alleged perpetrators broke into a home and started beating the woman and her fiancé who were in the house.

The woman tried her best to curl up her body around her belly so that the unborn child would not be injured while the assailants beat and kicked her and her fiancé. She was afraid for her life and the life of the baby. She managed to call 911 while her fiance tried to fend them off, but then two of the assailants, both female, forced their way back there and continued the assault.

EMS and police did make it to the scene, and the two women were arrested and held on bond. The woman was treated at the scene. They were charged with first-degree burglary, assault by strangulation, and assault on an unborn child.

The third suspect, Byrum Holmes, left before police arrived and is still at large.

The criminal legal system will definitely try to prosecute the suspects in this case, but there may be further complications down the line for the anonymous woman in the attack. If the baby was harmed due to the attack and it is not discovered until later, she may not be able to cover the unexpected medical expenses depending on her insurance.

If you have been injured by someone and need to file a suit, call the offices of Auger & Auger. You may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact us for your free consultation and we’ll help you decide whether filing a suit is in your best interest.

Credit: Amy BethuneAccident cases can be very difficult to rule on. When there are few witnesses, the police and investigators have to lean on their experience to determine who was at fault and if anyone needs to be arrested. Sometimes police seek out “persons of interest” for further questioning to get clues about what exactly happened.

Police in Charlotte are currently seeking information about a man who was seen in the area of a car crash that claimed the life of woman. Noelle Dixon, 22, died of her injures in that crash at Carolinas Medical Center. The accident happened on North Tryon Street near I-485. She was driving northbound then slid across the median and into the southbound lanes, causing a head-on collision with an SUV. Both vehicles then went off the road. The SUV driver only suffered minor injuries.

According to the article, police have not said why they want to speak to the man in the photo, but one possible reason is that Dixon may have swerved to avoid hitting him, causing the accident. It remains to be seen if this person will be found and what the actual reason is. If you do know the man, please go visit the news article and contact the police at the numbers listed there.

Determining fault in accident and personal injury cases is what we do. We defend against false accusations and present your side of the story to the courts. If you have been involved in an accident or personal injury case, we urge you to contact Auger & Auger. We represent clients in the state of North Carolina, and our offices are based in Charlotte.

Your consultation is free and without obligation. We have successfully gained for our clients many verdicts in their favor. Call us at the number at the top of the page to schedule your consultation today.

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