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Mark HaynesRecord lows, snow, and ice gripped North Carolina over the past couple of days.  The lows dropped to the single digits, something unprecedented within recent years. Fayetteville and Raleigh came very close to breaking their own record lows.  The temps in Raleigh were the lowest since a snowstorm in 2000.

The roads were iced over, making it difficult for drivers in eastern and central North Carolina. The ice and snow didn’t just hit North Carolina.  It was widespread all over the South.  Most of the transportation out of Atlanta was snarled because of the inclement weather. Atlanta received three inches of snow on Tuesday, which shut down the city.

This has also impacted deliveries to North Carolina, including a special one for an aquarium. A delivery of sharks and stingrays that were scheduled to be at the aquarium in Concord Mills has had to be rescheduled. This has pushed back the opening of the aquarium to February 20th.

While they will thaw over the next couple of days, be careful while you’re on the road. When North Carolina receives this type of weather, it lays the foundation for plenty of car accidents and slip and fall injuries.  If you’ve been injured as a result of the winter snowstorm, please don’t hesitate to give Auger & Auger a call for a free consultation.

GarretAt 9:31 pm, a 30-year-old male was struck by a 2001 Toyota Camry as he made his way across the Billy Graham Parkway. Police report that the man was transported to Carolina’s Medical Center and died of his injuries at approximately 2 am Tuesday morning. Speed was apparently not a factor in the accident, though the pedestrian was intoxicated and was attempting to cross the Parkway without using the cross walk. The notification of the next of kin has not yet occurred as the victim has not yet been identified.

As is often the case with accidents, the damage caused goes far beyond the obvious injuries and fatalities. Families will suffer the loss of loved ones for the rest of their lives. Beyond even the emotional and physical trauma is the financial loss incurred in such cases. Hospital bills, medication, funeral arrangements as well as loss of income all compound too create an even heavier burden for the families of victims to struggle with.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed, in a car, motorcycle or truck accident, or any other serious personal injury claim; you don’t have to go through such difficult situations without knowledgeable, legal assistance. With over 20 years of experience, the attorneys at Auger & Auger are here to listen to you and answer your questions. Call our offices today for a free consultation where you will speak with an attorney, not an assistant, paralegal, or sign up specialist. We’ll listen to your case and discuss your legal options; you don’t have to suffer alone. Call today.

Driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol is dangerous because you lose your motor skills and your ability to use common sense, two essential factors needed to drive. Driving under the influence can have consequences for those on and off the road, as one North Carolina man discovered.

A Charlotte man accused of drunk driving slammed his car into a local home after losing control of his vehicle and hitting a power pole at approximately 2:30 a.m. on January 9, according to WCNC Charlotte. Luckily, no one inside the home was injured and the driver is expected to be OK. But the consequences of the intoxicated man choosing to drive are not over. Police are planning to charge the reckless driver with a DUI. So before you decide to get behind the wheel after a few drinks, think again.

Fortunately, no one in the home was hurt and that the driver suffered only minor injuries. Residents of the damaged home are most likely upset that the force of the impact caused them to lose power. Braving the roads in the wee hours of the night is one thing, but home provides us with a sense of safety that one intoxicated man violated.

For law-abiding sober drivers, staying off the road between midnight and 4 a.m. will decrease your chances of injury or death due to a drunk driving accident. Statistically, Saturday night is the most dangerous day of the week for sober drivers to get behind the wheel. Unfortunately, incidents of drunk drivers hitting houses and other buildings are not uncommon. Last month in Buffalo, N.Y., a snow plow driver was charged with a DWI, criminal mischief, and fleeing the scene of a crime after he hit both a building and a taxi cab.

Each day, thousands of DUI-related accidents occur across the country and many of these accidents result in serious injury or death. In 2012 there were 402 drunk driving fatalities in North Carolina alone, a 12 percent increase from 2011. So, what are your options if you or someone you love was injured or killed due to an intoxicated driver? Can you receive compensation? In the case of the Charlotte man slamming his car into a local home, if someone inside the home had been injured, a civil suit could be filed against the drunk driver.

Every case is unique, but if you were injured due to a drunk driver or if you are a family member of a victim who died because of a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury or loss. Do not hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options. Auger & Auger has been protecting victims of drunk driving accidents for the past 20 years. Contact us today for your free consultation.

Tony FischerNobody ever thinks they are saying goodbye for the last time, but that’s exactly what Alexis Cummings did when she said goodbye to one of her closest friends, Tierra Warren, after class on Monday. Tierra Warren was on her way to meet up with her brother, Malcom Warren, to catch a ride home. Shortly thereafter the SUV that Malcom was driving was seen by Christina Knox as it flipped across her backyard. She heard a loud screeching sound and “I just knew somebody was about to get in a crash,” Knox said. Tierra Warren and several others were ejected from the SUV during the crash. Tierra Warren, 14 years old, was killed. The three other injured riders are expected to make a full recovery.

No one plans on suffering injuries when they get in their vehicle, but accidents still happen even when all necessary precautions are taken. The average person believes that they will arrive safely on the door step of their intended destination, no worse for wear. When that doesn’t happen, an accident occurs and people are injured, it can seem as if the whole world is coming unraveled.

When these accidents happen that is when the services of professionals, like the Personal Injury specialists of Auger & Auger, Attorneys at Law, are needed. With a policy of aggressive representation for victims of personal injury, a focus on high quality, state wide service and excellence in the advice they provide for their clients, the attorneys of Auger & Auger are here for you in your difficult and confusing moments of need.

They understand that each person is different and will have unique needs. If you have been injured, contact the attorneys of Auger & Auger today for your free consultation. There are no fees until they successfully obtain a settlement on your behalf.

On Friday, January 3rd, two families’ lives were changed forever when an Amtrak train collided with a Mitsubishi Gallant. The passenger, a 21 year old woman, was killed and the driver, a 24 year old man, is currently listed in serious condition. Both the driver and passenger were from Laurinburg in Scotland County. It is easy to imagine the impact that this tragedy will have on the lives of so many people.

As is often the case with accidents, the damage done goes far beyond the most obvious injuries and fatalities. Families will always grieve the loss of loved ones and the injured will carry the very real pain and the remaining scars for the rest of their lives. Beyond the emotional and physical trauma is the financial loss incurred in the resulting long term treatment for the survivors. Hospital bills, medication, and funeral arrangements as well as loss of income all compound to create an even heavier burden for the families of victims in an already difficult and traumatizing time.

If you have been injured, be it in a car, motorcycle or truck accidents, or any other serious personal injury claim, you don’t have to go through these difficult situations alone. With over 20 years of experience, the attorneys at Auger & Auger are here to listen to you and answer your questions. Call our offices today for a free consultation where you will speak with an attorney, not an assistant, paralegal, or sign up specialist. We’ll listen to your case and discuss your legal options. You don’t have to suffer alone. Call today.

Glenn WilliamsNew Years Eve celebrations are something many people look forward to all year long. For Timothy Crouse Hester, 41, of Lincolnton, shooting off his black powder cannon was a part of his New Year’s Eve plans. The cannon, which Mr. Hester had shot off several times previously that evening, suddenly brought his own enjoyment to an explosive halt when it unexpectedly detonated in his face, causing second degree burns and damage to the cornea of one of his eyes.

He was thrown across his porch and landed against the door of his home, where paramedics and firefighters found him after responding to an emergency call. Deputies arrived on scene around 1 a.m. and seized his home made cannon as evidence in their investigation into the incident. Mr. Hester was expected to be released from Wake Forest Baptist Burn Center in Winston Salem, where he had been airlifted too by medical helicopter after initially being taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln, on Friday, January 3rd.

No one plans on suffering injuries when they plan a party or family gathering, but as we all know, accidents happen even when all necessary precautions are taken. The average person, reasonably, believes that the products they purchase, as well as the parts they procure for the assembly of home projects, are safe and of appropriate, advertised quality.

When these accidents happen, that is when the services of professionals, like the personal injury specialists of Auger & Auger, Attorneys at Law, are needed. Auger & Auger are one of the premier personal injury law firms in North Carolina with such a sterling reputation that many other law firms and attorneys recommend their clients to Auger & Auger for their personal injury claims. With a policy of aggressive representation for victims of personal injury, a focus on high quality, state wide service, and excellence in the advice they provide for their clients, the attorneys of Auger & Auger are here for you in your difficult and confusing moments of need. They understand that each person is different and will have unique needs, so they will personalize their services for you as the listen to you questions with all the respect and compassion your personal situation deserves. If you have been injured, contact the attorneys of Auger & Auger today for your free consultation. There are no fees until they successfully obtain a settlement on your behalf.

WonderlaneThey were heading out from their military base on their way to do their duty at the funeral of a WW2 veteran and former Army officer. However, several members of the Ft Bragg Honor Guard did not expect to encounter their own tragedy in the form of a logging truck coming down US 15-501 near Charlotte.

According to reports, serviceman Richard Horton, 22 was intent on his driving his van. The van had poor visibility from some angles, and Horton stated that he relied on his fellow passenger in the front seat to look for traffic. Unfortunately, the logging truck was missed. The logging truck which was estimated to have been going at 55 miles per hour struck the passenger side of the passenger van, crumpling it inward and rolling the vehicle with the 82nd Airborne Division Honor Guard members inside, causing it to slide over 70 feet down the road. They remained there, several of them trapped within the twisted steel for over 45 minutes until they could be freed by emergency responders

At least 5 members of the 10-person Honor Guard detail are considered to be in critical condition, two of whom had to be airlifted the University of North Carolina Health Care in Chapel Hill. Three other Honor Guard members were taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital. Richard Horton was charged with failure to yield right-of-way.

The driver of the tractor trailer, Donald George Stone, 42, also reported pain however was not hospitalized. He was not charged and faces no citations for the crash.

Another detail from the North Carolina National Guard was dispatched to serve as Honor Guard for the funeral while the rescue attempt was underway.

Car accidents are always traumatic and can be nerve-wracking. In the wake of these devastating incidents the last thing you need to worry about is trying to handle your own injury claims. The personal injury lawyers of Auger & Auger have over 20 years of experience of fighting aggressively for the rights of the injured. If you have been injured in an automobile accident, let our lawyers do the fighting for you.

USDAWhen a crash happens involving a tractor trailer, one of the things that officers look for is to see what cargo the truck was hauling. If it was hauling something dangerous, like fireworks or gasoline, hazmat crews may need to get involved so that the mess can get cleaned up. When hazardous chemicals get into the environment, the results can damage property and the health of people around them. This can open up haulers to lawsuits.

A relatively minor case happened a couple days ago in Charlotte. A crash happened on CSX Way with a tanker that was carrying ethanol. Ethanol is flammable, but not especially dangerous. However, hazmat crews still had to figure out how to remove the product after they discovered a small leak in the tanker.

Fortunately, this accident happened in an industrial area. Equipment for removing and storing the ethanol was probably very close by. However, if the chemical was a more dangerous one or if the accident was in a more public area then the carrier could have been facing the possibility of a lawsuit.

If you believe that your property or your health has been affected due to a chemical leak, you need to get experienced personal injury professionals on your side. The lawyers at Auger & Auger are ready to represent you. Call today to begin legal proceedings.

Bart EversonIn a story that’s still developing, a mother and son were found hurt in a shooting accident in Durham on Lucas Drive. They were found in a vehicle by police.  No further information was given about who might have done it or the current status of the victims.

When people are the victims of violent crimes, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. Who did the deed? How will they receive justice? Who will pay for the recovery costs? The police can help quite a bit, but they cannot help a family pay for the injuries that they have received. Insurance isn’t always an option either.

That’s when people need to turn to the civil court system. The attorneys at Auger & Auger can help you file a lawsuit once the perpetrator has been captured by the police. When you have nowhere to turn, we can help you recover the money that you need to pay for recovery, lost wages, and even wrongful death claims.

It’s important to get your case started as soon as possible if you have been injured. You don’t have to wait for a criminal case to complete before beginning proceedings. As soon as the police have arrested a suspect, call our offices today so we can get started on your case.

John BuntingCitizens have a right to bear arms in this country, but that also means they have a responsibility to handle their weapons safely and within the laws of the land. Guns are extremely dangerous in the hands of unskilled individuals, and can easily kill or maim someone else if they are mishandled.

One Georgia man was lucky in an incident involving a gun in a restaurant. A 22-year-old was carrying a gun between his belt and his pants while at a restaurant in northeast Georgia. When he tried to get his wallet to pay for the meal, a finger got caught on the trigger. The gun went off and sent a bullet through the seat and off the floor. The bullet was found on top a chair. Thankfully no one was hurt.

Police were called in and they confirmed that the man had a permit to carry the weapon, but I bet he received quite a lecture on gun safety! He may be held liable for the damage if the restaurant takes him to small claims court.

While this will be a funny story a few years from now, most gun accidents leave damage that can last a lifetime. Living with an accidental gun injury or having a loved one taken due to a mishandled firearm is tragic. If you have been injured by a gun, you may be eligible for compensation. Call the law office of Auger & Auger today for a free consultation about your incident.

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