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Motorcycle-AccidentMotorcycle accident are not unusual. While they don’t occur more frequently than other vehicle collisions, they are perhaps more fatal than others. According to the U.S. government, for every mile traveled in 2006, there were more deaths from motorcycle accidents than any other type of accident.

Because of these statistics, motorcyclists are urged to reduce their level of risk. In order to do this, knowing the top causes of motorcycle accidents is helpful. Here are the things that cause the majority of these crashes.

1. Head-On Collisions

When a motorcycle collides head-on with another vehicle on the road, there is more than a 50 percent chance that the motorcyclist will be killed. While the vehicle’s driver may be injured, they are less likely to be killed in the crash than the person on the bike.

2. Left-Hand Turns

When cars make left-hand turns, motorcyclists should be extra vigilant. In all of the motorcycle versus car accidents recorded, 42 percent occurred because a car was making a left hand turn. In many cases, the motorcyclist was traveling straight through an intersection at the time of the accident.

3. Lane Splitting

The practice of lane splitting can be a dangerous one. This occurs when a motorcyclist decides to drive between slow-moving or stopped vehicles. This maneuver makes it more difficult for the motorcyclist to navigate traffic. In addition, drivers of cars and other vehicles are not expecting to see a motorcycle next to them and may not be as attentive before they attempt to move in or out of traffic.

4. Speed and Alcohol

Speed and alcohol are also contributing factors in motorcycle accidents. About half of all single-motorcycle crashes can be attributed to speeding or alcohol use. Because a driver is less protected than one in a vehicle, these crashes most often lead to serious injury or death.

5. Fixed Objects

Accidents involving fixed objects account for about 25 percent of all motorcycle deaths. When a motorcycle collides with a stationery object, the driver is likely to be thrown from the bike. This results in a higher rate of death than for drivers of vehicles who hit fixed objects.

Motorcyclists face a variety of hazards on the road. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in North Carolina, call our team of personal injury attorneys. We will review the details of your case at no cost to you. Call now.

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abuseSexual assault is a personal and often private crime. It is something that people do not like to talk about. A brave few come forward to not only name their attackers but to lend support to other survivors. There is no shame in being sexually assaulted. It is a crime of power that often has no base in sexual desire.

According to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, 1 out of every 6 women in the United States is a survivor of rape or attempted rape. Translated to larger numbers: 17.7 million women in this country have been victimized. But is it always women who are attacked? Absolutely not.

Approximately 1 in every 33 men in the country have been the victim of rape or attempted rape. Over a 15 year time period, 9 percent of all rape victims were men. In fact, 2.78 million men in America are survivors of rape or sexual assault.

Children are also victimized at a startling rate. Children comprise 15 percent of all victims of rape. More specifically, children under 12 comprise 15 percent of all victims. 44 percent of child victims were under the age of 18. Females aged 16 through 19 are four times as likely as anyone else to be the victim of attempted rape, rape or sexual assault.

Boys are victimized as well. 8 percent of male children in grades 5 through 12 said that they had been sexually abused. Sadly, the age at which a male child is most likely to fall victim to a sexual predator is 4. A female’s greatest risk falls at the age of 14. According to statistics, child protective service agencies respond to reports of child sexual abuse every eight minutes. Of those children who were victimized, only 7 percent were assaulted by a complete stranger.

Female college students also need to be aware. Women enrolled in college are said to be three times more likely than other women to fall victim to sexual violence. Only 20 percent of the college women victimized report the crime to police.

Sexual assault knows no boundaries. It is a crime that does not discriminate based upon gender, age or race. Anyone can fall victim to this very personal crime.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of sexual abuse in North Carolina, you have rights. Reach out to our team of attorneys today and let us assist you. Your first consultation is free. Call now.

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Men-riding-Harley-MotorcyclesThe state of North Carolina has many laws on the books that relate to motorcycles. In general, these laws are enforced to keep motorcyclists safe. They also serve to keep passengers and other drivers on the road out of harm’s way. These laws pertain to licensure, the use of roadways, and inspections. Here is a brief rundown of the laws every motorcycle operator must know.

Definition

A motorcycle, as defined by law, is a vehicle designed to travel on three or fewer wheels. Motor scooters and motorized bicycles are included in this definition. Mopeds are defined under their own category.

Licensure

If you want to drive a motorcycle on any road in the state, you must have one of the following:

  • A provisional license with a motorcycle learner’s permit
  • A driver’s license with a motorcycle learner’s permit
  • A provisional license with a motorcycle endorsement
  • A driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement

Additionally, your motorcycle must have a license plate securely attached in a horizontal fashion.

Lights, Horns and Mirrors

Every motorcycle on the road must be equipped with a working brake light. The brake may be operated by hand or foot. Under normal conditions, your bike’s horn must be audible from no less than 200 feet away. Your bike must also be equipped with a rearview mirror that allows you to see at least 2,000 feet behind you.

Your motorcycle must also have at least one headlamp that is lit at all times, no matter if it is day or night. Your license plate must also be well lit.

Helmets

North Carolina is among several states in the country that require that a driver wears a helmet. Your passengers must also have protection on their heads. Your helmet must be “compliant” with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218.

Motorcyclists are also ruled by the same laws as those operating four-wheeled vehicles. You are bound to the same laws regarding speeding, stop lights and the like. If you have any questions as to the laws pertaining to motorcycles in our state, you can click here for more information.

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in North Carolina, we want to assist you. Reach out to our team of personal injury attorneys today for a free case evaluation. We are here to help you and your family. Call now.

charlotte-skylineWhen people think of North Carolina, they probably think of a few things: Tarheels (or Blue Devils), good barbecue and maybe a few classic country songs. However, Charlotte — and other cities in the state — is a hub of culture. There are so many things to do around the city, from popular tourist attractions to hole-in-the-wall restaurants and venues. Here are 5 categories of attractions for both locals and tourists to visit.

  1. Carowinds and Ray’s Splash Planet

If you are in Charlotte in the warmer months, Carowinds is a must-visit. This amusement park is packed with Carolina culture, live entertainment and, of course, rollercoasters and other rides. In fact, Carowinds is home to the world’s tallest and fastest Giga coaster: The Fury 325. It rises 325 feet into the air and has a top speed of 95 miles per hour. This coaster will take your breath away, especially since it’s over 6,000 feet in length.

If water parks are more your style, check out Ray’s Splash Planet. This indoor water park has lots of great features that can be visited any time of year. With 29,000 square feet to explore, you can visit all day without getting bored. So of the most fun attractions include a double figure-eight water slide, lazy river and dump buckets.

  1. Local Museums

For those who are looking for relaxing day in the city, Charlotte has a variety of museums and similar attractions to visit. One of the most popular is Discovery Place. This interactive science museum is great for families. It features a digital 3-D theater, interactive science lab stations, deep sea aquariums and other elements. For locals, there are also summer camps and other programs to inspire a love of science in your children.Nascar

Race fans should take the opportunity to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame. This
150,000 square-foot center has interactive attractions and other exhibits that preserve the history and the heritage of the sport. There are thousands of artifacts to explore, plus a movie theater to relive some of the best — and worst — moments in NASCAR history. Other areas like the Crown Ballroom can be rented out for different events.

  1. Best Restaurants

Located just a few hours from the Atlantic Coast, Charlotte is a great place to get fresh seafood. Whatever local eatery you visit, you will likely find this fresh flavor infused into the flavor. One of the most popular restaurants in the cities is Barrington’s. Be sure to grab your formalwear before going! This restaurant is known for its fresh, perfectly prepared seafood and other dishes. They also have a wide alcohol selection and decadent desserts, plus a rich atmosphere that makes it a hotspot for locals.

For lighter fare, be sure to visit Good Food on Montford, featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post and Southern Living Magazine. This local restaurant has a great selection of soups, both chilled and hot. In addition, the pasta selection is made with homemade ingredients. If you are in the mood for pasture-raised meat or food fresh from the ocean, you can find it on the menu. Top off your visit with great desserts and after-dinner drinks.

  1. Bars and Pub

Visiting local bars and pubs is the best way to truly experience the culture of a city. Charlotte is full of bars for every taste, from big game-day ones to little dive bars. For a taste of the local brewery scene, stop by VBGB Beer Hall and Garden. This small bar specializes in serving beers from all across the state. The patio is the largest in the city, and there are always 30 craft beers and imports on tap. VBGB has won multiple awards for its service and atmosphere. This is one stop you don’t want
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If you want to relive the fun of college, without dealing with the college-aged crowd, check out Selwyn Avenue Pub. Often described as an “adult frat party,” you can catch the latest game or simply have a good time at this pub. This is a favorite for locals thanks to cheap drinks and tree-shaded deck. If you are looking for a nightly party full of loud, fun people, Selwyn Avenue Pub is the place to be.

  1. Local Entertainment

Of course, one thing Charlotte is known for is their sports teams. The city is home to the Carolina Panthers, one of the most dynamic teams in the National Football League. In addition, during basketball season you can catch the Charlotte Hornets take on some of the toughest teams in the National Basketball Association. You can also catch minor league baseball and other sporting events throughout the year.

Charlotte is also home to a huge variety of music and entertainment venues. For big shows, be sure to visit Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte. Some of the nation’s most popular bands frequent this venue. For a more intimate setting, The Evening Muse is a local favorite. Many up-and-coming acts have found their platform in this small bar, and local bands perform here almost daily.

Charlotte is a huge city, and this is only a taste of what it has to offer. Whether you are a local or a visitor, take time to explore the city — you never know what you’ll find!

You’ve heard of the Adkins Diet. Maybe you’ve even heard of the Mediterranean Diet. But have you heard of the road diet? If not, you aren’t alone. Road diets are a fairly new concept, but the idea is simple: Narrow streets in such a way that it wouldn’t cause vehicle congestion, and make more room for bike paths.

The concept is almost exclusive to the United States. In countries like Great Britain, there is no need to narrow the already thin roads. Here, though, roads seem to widen on a daily basis, making more room for cars and less for those who choose to commute in a more eco-friendly way.

The idea of road diets has been gaining momentum over the last 10 years.  Urban planners have been studying city streets and looking for ways to improve traffic flow and cut down on accidents at the same time. Widening roads doesn’t seem to be the solution that planners were hoping for. Slimming streets is now being considered.

Road diets have been a success in cities like San Francisco. Here, closer to home, the new diet hasn’t been as successful. Way back in 2010, Carolina Beach attempted to make Lake Park Boulevard more narrow. Businesses complained and traffic jams during the holidays were at a peak.

Unfortunately, in many cases, road diets don’t do much more than immediately anger drivers who are simply not willing to drive on skinny streets. Bike riders, however, love the safety that dedicated bike paths and lanes provide. What is the answer? In a car culture, sticking to a road diet could prove to be as difficult as never letting a carb pass through your lips again.

One thing is certain when it comes to road diets: They are a topic of hot contention. While they do work in some cities, they have proven difficult to maintain in others. Whether or not thinner roadways will be a thing of the future remains to be seen.

If you have been involved in a bike accident in North Carolina, call our offices. A member of our team will review the details of your case at no cost to you. Reach out to us today.

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Car Prominent CharitiesHere at Auger  & Auger Law, we enjoy charitable giving. Although we are proud supporters of MADD, or Mothers Against Drunk Driving, each of our staff members have organizations or causes that are near and dear to their hearts. We know that members of our readership may want to give of themselves but don’t know where to start or even where to locate a charity that they would be happy to support. On that note, here is a list of some prominent charities in North Carolina that are always accepting donations in the way of money, goods or time.

1. Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

People fall on hard times and feeding their families should never have to be a concern. Food banks around the country work to ensure that people always have something to eat.

2. The North Carolina Partnership for Children

This charity is perfect for anyone who wants to support children. The Partnership has a variety of programs that are designed to ensure that kids get a healthy start to life and maintain that health. There are also educational initiatives designed to help children enjoy success at school.

3. Easter Seals UCP North Carolina

Easter Seals is a charity that works with the focus of helping children and adults with disabilities gain a greater sense of independence within the community. There are a variety of programs designed with the needs of people with disabilities in mind.

4. The National Cancer Coalition

The NCC works to deliver relief from cancer and other chronic diseases throughout the state and around the globe. Anyone who has been touched by cancer should be proud to support this charity.

5. MADD

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a fantastic organization with chapters across the country. The group holds meetings and has educational opportunities for members of the public. We are always happy to give to this group, and we are happy to tell others how they can give as well.

Giving to any one of the many charities in North Carolina can be worthwhile. If you would like more information about any of these charities, please visit their websites. If you would like more information about Auger & Auger, you can browse our site at your leisure and, as always, if you need assistance, give us a call.

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 Makati_intersectionDriving in the city of Charlotte can be dangerous no matter what road you are on, but there are intersections that are considered more risky than others when it comes to accidents. Charlotte’s Department of Transportation released a list of the most dangerous intersections in the city. The same list was released just a year ago, and some intersections have switched places with others.

Four of the city’s most dangerous spots lay along College Street. The intersections of 7th, 8th, 9th and 12th Streets are to be crossed with caution. The other intersection is at College and Church. That is the same intersection where Cam Newton crashed last December.

According to drivers who travel near in the University say that the construction of the Blue Line Extension project has made getting around the area a headache. The area is more complicated and, if people aren’t paying attention, the chances of being involved in a collision skyrocket.

Angela Berry, an employee with CDOT, says of the area, “It’s a very different environment up there for drivers over what it was four or five years ago.”

Some intersections that used be considered quite dangerous are on their way to improving. Hawthorne Lane and 7th Street was the fifth most dangerous in the city last year. This year, it is ranked as the 30th most dangerous. Freedom Drive and Toddville Road was the 28th worst intersection last year. This year it sits at 79th.

Representatives of CDOT say that it normally takes two to three years for any improvements to an intersection to be apparent on data sheets. Crash data takes a bit of time to collect and is often not released for a year or more. Here are the intersections that made the Top 10:

  1. E 8th and N College
  2. S Church and W Hill
  3. E 9th and N College
  4. E 12th and N College
  5. E 7th and N College
  6. 3rd and 4th Connector and E 4th St at N Kings Dr
  7. E Sugar Creek and N Tryon
  8. E 6th St and N McDowell
  9. David Cox and Lakeview
  10. Cambridge Commons and Harrisburg

If you are involved in a car accident in North Carolina, call our team of personal injury attorneys. We will work hard to get you any compensation that you may be entitled to by law. Call today for a free case evaluation.

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child care accidentWhen you take your child to day care, you expect that he or she will be kept safe. You trust that the workers are well trained and knowledgeable when it comes to caring for children. Unfortunately, things happen everyday that leave parents wondering if they made the right decision when it came to child care. Accidents often have parents questioning whether or not they should call an attorney.

Before you make the choice to sue a day care for compensation, you need to understand exactly what constitutes negligence. If your child is injured at day care, here are a few things to consider before you reach out to a lawyer.

When you drop your child off at day care, the workers have a duty to provide adequate care. If the staff fails to provide that care to a reasonable standard. Violations that can be considered negligence include:

1. Failing to supervise

2. Failure to maintain safe premises

3. Committing a crime

While negligence can be something fairly easy to prove when you are pointing the finger at an adult worker, it can be another story if your child was injured by another little one. To be able to hold a child at fault, you must be able to prove that the child did not act reasonably or as another similarly age child would have acted.

Your child does not necessarily have had to suffer physical injuries. Emotional distress or injury that is severe may also be grounds for a successful suit. If the act of a staff member was so outrageous that your child suffers emotional distress, you may still have grounds for a suit.

In plain English: Your child’s injury must have been the result of some type of failure or intentional act on the part of a staff member. Simply falling and bumping a knee is not grounds for a personal injury suit. Falling off of a slide and breaking a limb because no one was watching is. If you are unsure if your child is due compensation for his or her injuries, reach out to our offices today.

Our personal injury lawyers are experienced in day care injury in North Carolina. We will review the details of your case at non cost to you and advise you how to proceed. Reach out to us today for more information.

dog accidents

It is fair to say that any dog can bite. It is also fair to say that when people think of dogs that bite, the minds of most immediately wander toward the pit bull or other large breeds. The truth of the matter is, there are several breeds of dog that are far more likely to react with their teeth than others. Here are five breeds of dogs to keep your eye on.

1. Chihuahua

These tiny dogs look unassuming and harmless. They aren’t. Easily frightened, these compact canines are far more likely to bite than they are to run.

2. English Bulldogs

Of the bully breeds, the English may be more likely to bite than the others. These dogs are fiercely loyal but do tend to become snappy. If you welcome one of these wrinkled bundles of joy into your home, early obedience training is a must.

3. Pit Bull

Pit bulls do make the list, but not for reasons that you may think. These dogs are not typically aggressive by nature, but they are incredibly protective of their families. When threatened, a pit bull may determine that the best course of action is to defend itself and the ones it loves.

4. German Shepherd

These dogs are used for police and military work around the world. Their jaws pack a fierce bite, so watch out! They tend to be easy to train, but they are also a breed that must receive socialization early on to be considered safe.

5. Australian Shepherd

These beautiful dogs are natural herders. Although they are cute, they are not the right dog for everyone. If you don’t have experience with a herding dog, you may want to look for another breed or risk being bossed around (and bitten) by your own pet.

Any dog that has teeth can bite and cause serious damage. Knowing which dogs are more likely to react with a snap of the jaws is important, especially if you have children. If you are a first-time dog owner or don’t have the time it will take to train these dogs properly, any dog on this list may be best to be avoided.

If you have been the victim of a dog bite in North Carolina, call our personal injury attorneys today. We will review your case at no charge and advise you how to best proceed. Call today for assistance.

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2010-05-30_Durham_officer_takes_notes_on_wreckYou know that when you are involved in an accident, you are expected to pull over and wait for emergency services to arrive. But what happens when you are involved in a car accident and the other driver takes off? You may have an initial bout of panic, but don’t. There are steps you can take to protect yourself, even when the other driver doesn’t remain at the scene.

  1. Get the license plate number of the other car if you are able to do so.
  2. Call the local law enforcement agency and report the accident. Be sure to tell the dispatcher that the other driver left and be prepared to provide a description of the vehicle and direction of travel.
  3. When the police arrive, answer their questions and fill out any paperwork you are given.
  4. Call your insurance agent or the agency’s 800 number and report your accident.

Just as there are things that you can do at the scene of the accident, there are things that you should not do. Do not chase after the other driver, do not block traffic and do not refrain from pulling off to the side of the road if you are able to.

People typically leave the scene of an accident for one of two reasons: they don’t have adequate or any insurance, or they already have problems with law enforcement.

Do not be concerned about the other person’s lack of insurance if you carry full coverage. A part of your policy includes coverage that protects you in cases such as this. If the other motorist does not have insurance or has inadequate coverage, your own policy will kick in to protect you.

Being involved in a car accident is stressful enough. Don’t make it worse by worrying about a driver who refuses to stick around and wait for help. Do what you need to do and worry about yourself and your passengers. Resist the urge to chase after the other driver. Stay to wait for police to arrive and handle your business.

If you have been involved in a hit and run in North Carolina, our team is here for you. Reach out to our personal injury attorneys today for your free case evaluation. We are here for you now.

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