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RALEIGH, N.C. – We all get angry from time to time when we drive. Even the most calm among us swears under their breath when they get cut off on the highway or someone pulls out in front of us only to travel 10 mph below the speed limit.

Road rage takes that anger to a whole different level. This was the unfortunate case last Sunday morning.

The incident occurred just after 4 a.m. on I-440 close to the exit for Capital Boulevard. A driver shot into another car that contained at least two occupants. No one was injured, but the shooter did hit the vehicle.

The shooter was reported to be driving a blue Nissan Altima.

The incident remains under investigation by local authorities.

Driving can be stressful, especially when we are sharing the road with others. We may not always agree with the way other people operate their vehicles, but most of us simply grumble our irritation and go on about our business.

Others, however, are not content to grumble. Drivers with extreme road rage have been known to brake check, tailgate, honk incessantly, get out of their cars, and, in the most serious cases, shoot.

If you run afoul of someone on the road who cannot control their anger, get away from that driver as soon as possible. If you are unable to get away, use your phone to call authorities. If you are unsure of your location, call 911. Seeking help is a far better option than confronting the other driver. You never know how quickly the incident may escalate to violence.

If you find your blood pressure rising because of another driver, do your best to keep your cool. Roll down the windows, get some air, and take a few deep breaths. Remind yourself that this is just a few minutes out of your day. In the grand scheme of things, someone else’s poor driving is a minor annoyance, not a life-changing event.

You will, at some point, be confronted by an angry driver or find yourself in the shoes of that angry driver. The best thing that you can do is what your mother always told you – turn the other cheek.

If you have been the victim of an accident due to someone’s rage, contact our offices immediately. We are here to get you the compensation that you deserve. We will review your case at no cost to you and advise you how to proceed. Call us today!

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download (6)A Sheriff’s deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department was injured when he was dragged by a car while trying to serve a warrant last week. According to law enforcement official, the deputy was dragged while trying to serve an active warrant at the Oak Ridge Apartments located near Pelham Road at approximately 3:35 p.m.

The injured deputy and three additional deputies were in uniform when they made contact with the 26-year-old defendant, Jimmy Reese Thompson Jr. Thompson and another man then jumped into silver Honda Accord and fled the scene.

During the encounter, a deputy broke out the driver’s side window, attempting to stop the two men. The deputy was dragged a short distance but was able to free himself.  The deputy was checked out with minor injuries at an area hospital. The Sheriff’s Office was attempting to identify the second man who was driving the Honda.  Sheriff’s officials said that the two men are considered dangerous.

Many workers perform potentially dangerous jobs every day.  Injuries on the job can happen at any time, even when they take every precaution possible in order to be safe.  When you are hurt on the job, the ordeal can end up affecting you and your family. Add to this the high cost of medical treatment, the potential loss of income for time off the job needed for recovery, the long term care and other expenses and it can quickly add up and put you under a considerable financial burden.  Workman’s compensation can offer some relief, but the money awarded in a Workman’s Comp settlement is often not enough to cover all of your expenses. Having an attorney fighting on your side is important.

Before you sign anything with your insurance provider or that of your employer, give our offices a call. We are here to give you the best advice for your personal situation regarding your on the job injury.

We will take the time to go over the details of your case and will even act as a liaison between you and insurance companies and workman’s compensation offices and will file the necessary paperwork. You deserve to get fair treatment, and we can help. Your initial consultation and legal analysis is free.

Spring. It’s time to emerge from our houses, shake off the cold, and get down to enjoying time outdoors. We spent months cooped up in our houses trying to avoid inclement weather. Many of us have even come down with a case of cabin fever. The birds are singing and the bees are buzzing. Unfortunately, the dogs are biting.

What’s that you say? Dogs who bite don’t care what time of year it is. While that is true, statistics show that dog bites rise as the weather takes a turn for the better.

When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. When the weather turns warm again, more dogs are out and about. Not only are kept dogs being walked by their owners, but stray dogs are more active. People and dogs come into contact more during warm-weather months.

Loose dogs are among those that bite the most. Dogs become loose when people leave gates open, the animals jump fences in pursuit of smaller animals, and pets sneak out of doors, among other reasons.

It is important that anyone outside be aware of their surroundings. If a loose dog is approaching, seek shelter or higher ground whenever possible. Do not assume that any dog is friendly – you are quite simply putting yourself in harm’s way.

Dog owners should take care to make sure that their dogs are properly licensed. Vaccinations should be updated if they have been allowed to lapse. Pets should be kept contained in fences that are adequate. If your dog is not spayed or neutered, schedule the surgery with your veterinarian. Dogs who are “fixed” are less likely to roam.

Children are most at risk for dog bites. Teach your children to stop and freeze when approached by a strange dog. If a dog attacks, your child should curl into a ball and protect their head with their arms. Children are simply not able to outrun a dog.

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, you are entitled to compensation. This holds true whether you were on or off of your property. Contact our offices immediately so that we can review the details of your case. Our experienced attorneys are here to get you everything that you deserve, up to and including compensation for any medical expenses you incurred as a result of the bite. Call us now.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – If you live in Charlotte or any of the surrounding areas, chances are high that you have seen the flashing lights of a DWI checkpoint. These targeted areas of enforcement are put in place to get drunk drivers off of the street and they do just that. But who is being targeted by these checkpoints?

Channel 9 recently took a closer look at DWI checkpoints in the city of Charlotte held by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police from 2013 through November 2014. Each of the 42 checkpoint areas were plotted on a map.

When looked at closely, it is easy to see that the checkpoints have taken place from the airport to Northlake Mall and along South Boulevard. These areas hardly encompass all areas of Charlotte. In fact, some areas like Ballantyne saw no checkpoints conducted within its borders during the 23-month period.

When Charlotte attorney Bill Powers was approached with the map, he stated, “It tends to be the country club communities you see in Ballantyne, Providence, and up on the lake. You’re just not seeing the checkpoints. I don’t know why.”

During the course of two years, more than 3,000 drivers were arrested for DWI in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

According to Sgt. Jesse Wood of the CMPD, the DWI Task Force, “…move around the city. It changes. I only have six officers on my team and we move around the city based on where the crash data is.”

CMPD divisions in sleepy bedroom towns of the metro area have completed, in some cases, no checkpoints at all. There are 13 different divisions in the CMPD and none are required to hold checkpoints throughout the year. Checkpoints are typically conducted by divisions that have adequate manpower.

While there is little doubt that these checkpoints are making a dent in drunk driving, it is important to determine whether areas populated by the rich and powerful are being ignored purposely at the expense of those who are less than elite.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driver, you need an experienced attorney fighting for your rights. At Auger & Auger law, we have compassionate lawyers who are ready to take your case and represent you to the full extent of the law. Call us today so that we can discuss your case and begin putting all of your information in order. We are here for you. Call now.

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14471106513_7af0534abd_zCHARLOTTE, N.C. – When you go to the doctor, you do so because you need medical assistance. You visit a doctor when you are ill or injured, and you expect to be treated with dignity and respect.

Unfortunately, for 31 patients of Dr. Fidelis Edosomwan, that is not how a trip to the doctor ended.

Edosomwan has been charged with 16 counts of sexual battery and 16 counts of sex offense on behalf of 31 victims who have come forward. The doctor was arrested in January after two patients accused the doctor of inappropriately touching them during what should have been routine examinations.

Captain Cecil Brisbon of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Major Crimes Division told reporters, “You’ve got somebody who is entrusted with conducting these types of medical examinations who violated that trust by doing some inappropriate activity.”

Although Edosomwan has denied the allegations, he agreed to suspend practicing medicine.

Not only have 31 victims come forward, but police have identified eight other victims. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations has expired for those incidents. Police reported in a statement that they are still investigating.

Choose a Doctor with Care

Your health is important to you, but your safety comes first. Before you pick a doctor, it is recommended that you vet them properly. Many people do not realize that they can run a sort of background check on the physicians they are considering for their healthcare.

Before you make up your mind about a doctor, check out your state’s medical board web site. You can search to be sure that your doctor is licensed to practice in your state. Different states allow the public to view different information. In many cases, you can also discover if the doctor has had any disciplinary actions taken against them or malpractice lawsuits filed.

If the information is not readily available on the website, call the medical board directly. Many will give you the information over the phone.

Keep in mind that the records are only available after settlements have been made. You will not be privy to current investigations or allegations. Healthgrades.com is another site that you can utilize to research any doctor that you are considering.

While researching their physician would not have helped the victims in this case, you can protect yourself to the best of your ability by doing so.

If you have been the victim of abuse or malpractice at the hands of a physician, you need a compassionate attorney on your side. We can represent you in court and help you through the process of receiving the compensation you deserve. Call now.

download (2)A rider is recovering from his injuries after he and his horse were hit by a minivan. According to officials, 27-year-old Samuel Granger II, who was riding his horse, Beau, was hit by a Dodge minivan being driven by Alinda Butz of Jacksonville, when she was driving down Ratliff Road at around 8:00 p.m. Investigators say that Granger’s horse was hit a second time sometime before 9:00 p.m.

Ganger was taken to UF Health Jacksonville to be treated for his injuries. No word has been released on his current condition. Nassau County Road and Bridge Department foreman, Reggie Popham, said his crews were out searching for the horse Sunday night but didn’t find it.

A reporter spotted the dead horse and reported it to authorities. Crews to remove the animal, but by the time they arrived, it is estimated that the dead horse had been on the road for approximately 12 hours.

Investigators found that Butz was at fault in the accident for failing to yield.

Horses and traffic can often be a dangerous or even deadly combination. When an accident involving a motor vehicle and a horse does happen, it is often because an animal is frightened unexpectedly. Even with the best of intentions, accidents can and do happen. Having an experienced legal professional on your side is the first step in your accident or injury lawsuit. At Auger & Auger, we have the resources and experience that can help.

Call Auger & Auger today to schedule your free initial consultation and legal analysis by using our toll free number or our contact form here on our website.

group-418449_640With children and grandchildren of our own, the team at Auger & Auger Law believe that it is important to highlight any special goings on in the local area that benefit our youngest community members. Having that in mind, we would like to tell you about the amazing Inclusion Conference that will be coming to Raleigh March 30-31.

Over 175 professional educators, recreational experts, and child specialists will be at the National Inclusion Project’s Power of Play Inclusion Conference located at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. The event is open to all people who want to help children with special needs or who simply want more information.

For the past five years, the conference has welcomed participants from all around the country. Knowledge is shared and the latest practices for including children with disabilities in everyday activities is available. Sessions during the conference will include training on preventing and dealing with bullying, creating accessible activities, serving families with best practices, and achieving positive behaviors.

Jerry Aiken, National Inclusion Project Executive Director, says, “The Power of Play Inclusion Conference brings together an amazing group of individuals and organizations that believe all children can participate, all children can make friends, and all children can succeed.”

Aside from attending breakout sessions, attendees can participate in interactive play and other learning experiences. These activities are perfect for parents and family members of children with special needs as well as educators that teach in inclusion classrooms and resource rooms.

The National Inclusion Project is a non-profit organization co-founded by entertainer Clay Aiken. Originating in 2003, the group has helped to bridge the gap between children and young people with disabilities and the world they live in. The driving idea behind the project is that children with disabilities can lead lives rich in social engagement and activities that foster creativity and growth.

Since its inception, the organization has provided training on an individual basis and lent support to groups like Boys & Girls Clubs, CampeFire USA, 4H, YMCAs, kids museums, and zoos across the country. Organizations looking to enhance their inclusive programs turn to the organization for assistance and support.

If you would like more information about the organization or the conference, you can visit the National Inclusion Project’s website here. We hope that you and your family will attend the conference and learn more about how all children can and should be included in the world we live in.

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RALEIGH, N.C. – A suspected child predator was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) early Thursday morning. The arrest occurred in Raleigh after a tip provided by a member of the public.

William Akers, 46, is now in federal custody and facing child pornography charges. The accused is charged with capturing sexually explicit acts with an 8-year-old girl on video.

Officials recently released a plea for help in identifying and capturing the man. The plea reached millions on Facebook and Twitter, resulting in more than 80 leads investigators were able to follow up on.

“Within hours of our request for assistance, more than a million people took notice and started spreading the word on social media and in the press,” says ICE Director Sarah R. Saldana.

Akers, an employee in an IT department of a Raleigh company, was positively identified as the “John Doe” seen in the video. He was arrested in the wee hours of the morning while on shift at his company. The arrest is credited jointly to HIS, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, and the Raleigh Police Department.

Akers was discovered in the video while police were investigating Bailey Mills of Sanford. Mills has been previously convicted of sex offenses involving children. Identified by Mills’ wife as Peter Gilbert, police quickly discovered the name to be an alias and released their plea to the public.

Thanks to the quick work by multiple law enforcement agencies, Akers has been taken off of the streets. Officials continue to build a solid case against the man who will appear in court to answer to his charges at a later date.

News such as the “John Doe” predator case strikes fear in the hearts of parents and guardians around the area. The good news is that there are things you can do to help protect your children.

Register with your local law enforcement agencies to be notified when sexual offenders move into your area. Know where they live and do not let your children in those neighborhoods alone.

Know your children’s friends and their parents. You cannot be too vigilant. Know who your children are with at all times.

Limit Internet activity with parental controls and house rules. If rules are violated, address your children appropriately. Keep computers in main rooms of the home, and do not allow your children to use mobile devices behind closed doors.

If your child has been the victim of sexual abuse, an experienced attorney is who you need on your side. Our lawyers are here for you. Call us today to discuss your case.

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St. Patrick’s Day rivals only New Year’s Eve as one of the top drinking holidays in the nation. Although many revelers party on the weekend before the holiday, there will be thousands of people out and about on the day itself. If you plan on going out, we at Auger & Auger urge you to stay safe.

Going Out?
If you plan on going out, be sure to designate a sober driver ahead of time. No one wants to be the one chosen to stay sober after they walk through the doors of the local club. How you pick the driver among your friends is up to you, just make sure you pick.

Use your smartphone wisely. There are several apps that allow you to catch a sober ride home from wherever you are. Apps like Uber are wildly popular across the nation. Simply give someone your location, wait for your ride, and get home safely.

Keep money for a cab. Even if you designate a driver, that person may not stay sober. Do not rely on them to get you home. Keep money tucked in your wallet for a cab ride home should the need arise.

Staying In?
If you are hosting people at your home, be sure to take keys at the door. This will prevent you from having to wrestle keys away from an intoxicated friend at the end of the night. Put everyone’s keys in a fish bowl and keep the bowl out of sight.

Keep it dry. A dry party is not always a popular choice but it can be fun if you do it right. There are plenty of non-alcoholic versions of your favorite cocktails (or mocktails). Look for recipes online.

If you do serve alcohol, understand that you may be held responsible should one of your guests over-indulge and cause injury to themselves or someone else. Instead of having an open bar, consider making a drink or two for everyone and keeping track of what you are handing out.

Stay sober. Yes, it is your party, but you will not be able to judge anyone’s level of intoxication if you are drunk. Limit yourself to one alcoholic drink and choose mocktails for the rest of the night.

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday even for the non-Irish. We want to be sure that you are around to celebrate the holiday next year. Follow the tips above to help ensure your safety and that of your loved ones.

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The team here at Auger & Auger Law enjoys a variety of community activities and look for opportunities to both support local organizations and garner participation. It has come to our attention that Relay for Life of Greater Charlotte is looking to boost numbers when it comes to participants, volunteers, and staff.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Relay for Life. Felisha Fletcher, the new community manager for Relay for Life of Greater Charlotte, says that building awareness is one of her primary missions for the organization. There is tremendous growth potential in the Charlotte area which includes, Ballantyne, West Charlotte and Matthews-Mint Hill.

Held annually across the nation, the Relay for Life raises both money and awareness for the fight against cancer. Spearheaded by the American Cancer Society, the walks are open to anyone who is interested in participating.

When speaking to community members, Fletcher quickly discovered that there is a feeling that there is simply not enough involvement. There are not as many cancer survivors participating as the organization would hope for. Past participants encourage new walkers to join the Relay for Life family. Rather than a day of mourning, the day is spent celebrating the lives of those who have passed and those who are surviving. The event is an uplifting celebration of life that serves as an inspiration to anyone who has been touched by cancer.

In order to raise awareness for both the organization and its major fund raiser, Relay for Life has announced several events ahead of the May 29 finale. Fletcher is also working on getting agencies involved, including police departments, fire departments, and City Council. To date, the Ballantyne Relay for Life has raised just under $9,000. There are 22 teams and 85 participants registered.

The Relay for Life event will include concerts, the lighting of luminaries and more. The signature survivor lap will also be included. Anyone who has participated in or watched a walk knows how emotional this walk can be. Imagine dozens of cancer survivors emoting nothing but joy and positivity as they are supported by those they love. It is truly a sight to behold.

You can read much more about the Relay for Life and how to get involved on the organization’s website. We encourage every past, present, and future client of ours to participate. Join us as we support this amazing celebration of life here in Charlotte.

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