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Hot summer temperatures mean that more people are outside enjoying activities. Sports, bicycling and even walking are popular near residential areas. Driving can be more hazardous in the summer than you may imagine.

People need to be on the lookout for one another in order for everyone to stay safe. When you slip behind the wheel in Charlotte or elsewhere this summer, keep in mind that you may be seeing more people out and about and this often means altering your driving habits.

It’s not only drivers that need to be cautious. People on their feet and those on two wheels need to be careful as well. Safety is often a team effort. Here are some tips for both drivers and pedestrians that will keep everyone able to participate in their lives as normal.

 

Safety Tips for Drivers

  1. Stay Aware

Keep your eyes peeled for pedestrians. Look for kids on bikes, people walking and little ones playing in front yards.

If you see children playing by the street, be prepared to stop. Kids can be unpredictable and, despite being told by parents to stay away from the road, children can dart out in front of a vehicle unexpectedly.

 

  1. Pay Attention to the Elderly

If you see an elderly person on a sidewalk or in the street, slow down. An aging person may have difficulty seeing and hearing adequately and may not be aware of your presence.

Always attempt to make eye contact with an elderly person before you pass them to be sure that they see you.

 

  1. Don’t Assume

Assuming anything regarding pedestrians can be a mistake. Don’t assume pedestrians will follow the rules of the road or obey traffic signals.

Don’t assume that they see you. Don’t assume that they will remain on the sidewalk. Be prepared for the unexpected.

 

  1. Use Caution When Reversing

Always look in your rearview and utilize your back-up camera if you have one. Look around your vehicle before you get in it. Back out of your driveway or parking space slowly and carefully.  

 

  1. Look Before You Open Your Door

If you park on a city street, look in your blind spot and behind you before you open your door. Too many people have been injured because a vehicle’s driver opens a door unexpectedly and right into the path of a bicyclist.

 

  1. Don’t Rest at Night

People stay up late when the weather is warm. In fact, people are more apt to wait out the heat of the day and walk or cycle at dusk and in the dark when it is cooler.

Don’t make the mistake of letting your guard down when the sun sets. Look for reflective materials when you are driving, especially ahead of you and along the side of the road.  Also drive with the knowledge that even though it isn’t safe, some pedestrians, runners and bike riders are not always going to wear reflective clothing and in some cases they may even be wearing dark clothing that is hard to see at night.

 

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

 

  1. Keep Your Eyes Up

Chances are you know that texting and driving is against the law. It may not be illegal to use your cell phone and walk, but it’s rarely a good idea.

Put your phone in your pocket and keep your eyes up. Pay attention to your route and stay on the lookout for vehicles and cyclists.

 

  1. Make Eye Contact

Don’t assume that a vehicle is going to stop or yield to you, even if you are in a marked crosswalk. Make eye contact with drivers before you step into the street.

When you make eye contact, the driver may even wave for you to go. Don’t take a chance, make sure that the driver sees you before entering the intersection.

 

  1. Hold Hands

Small children should not be allowed to walk or cross streets by themselves.

If you are walking with your child on the sidewalk, you stay on the outside closest to the street and hold their hand for additional safety.

 

  1. Wear the Right Clothes

Don’t walk at night wearing dark clothing. In fact, don’t walk during the day wearing dark clothing. Light, bright colors will help to make you visible.

You can increase your visibility by attaching reflective tape to your back and chest. If you are walking after dark, carry a flashlight or glow stick. You can even carry a backpack and attach a small, blinking light to it.

 

  1. Use the Buddy System

Find someone to walk with. The more people you have in your group, the more likely you are to be spotted. The same goes for those riding bikes. Ride in groups. A vehicle driver is more likely to see multiple people than a single person.

The summer weather makes it great to get out and enjoy your favorite outdoor activities, but it also means that you may be at a heightened risk of being involved in an accident. Follow the tips above whether you are a driver or a pedestrian. Doing so could save someone’s life.

 

Speak to a Charlotte, North Carolina Accident Attorney Today

If you are injured as a pedestrian in an accident, reach out to our experienced car and truck accident team. We can review the details of your accident during a free case evaluation and help you determine how we may be able to help you.

You may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you’ve incurred as a result of someone else’s negligence. Call our office at (704) 364-3361 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free case evaluation.

Auger & Auger is proud to support the Adam & Matthew Group 4 Dads, also known as AMG4D.  Auger & Auger attorney Herb Auger recently donated $500.00 to this outstanding organization.  AMG4D was started by Brian Wulf and it is an organization formed to support fathers of children with disabilities.

After spending many years as father to two severely disabled sons, Brian Wulf felt a vision of what kind of possibilities could be there to support and empower other fathers to special needs children. He saw a lot of men struggling with discouragement, overwhelmed by the challenges not only to their children but to their marriages and relationships with other people, all while balancing jobs and community responsibilities. How much more could each man accomplish and how much more successful could his efforts be if he had empowering support from other dads who know what this kind of life is like? With that concept in mind, Brian has worked to develop a diverse program of supportive services ranging from financial planning to group interaction to personal coaching as means to help each father fulfill the challenging role handed to him.

As Founder of AMG4D Brian has dedicated his future to raising awareness of the needs and challenges to fellow fathers with special needs children, and providing services to meet those needs. Brian writes and does public speaking on  behalf of AMG4D and its programs and events. For more information about AMG4D and to learn about how you can support their very important mission, please check out their website at https://www.amg4d.org

The communities that we serve are very important to our law firm.  Auger & Auger is proud to support organizations such as AMG4D and we thank them for the very important work that they do and we wish them continued success.

Part of the thrill of riding a motorcycle is being able to cruise over the open road and take in beautiful scenery. There may be no other better way to take in your surroundings than a bike ride. On a bike there is nothing separating you and your location and some people say that is the freedom they love and feel when they are on their motorcycle. If you are looking for some info on cool motorcycle routes in North Carolina, you are in luck. Here are some great rides to take if you are looking for some new ideas.

 

 

 

1. Deal’s Gap

This route is also known by its other, perhaps more popular, name: Dragon’s Tail. If you start in North Carolina, you will be in Tennessee before your ride is over. You can catch the road in Tapoco, NC and take it all the way into Tallahassee, TN. You’ll drive near the Smoky Mountains, beautiful forests and navigate no fewer than 318 curves. The road is a challenge that is better left to someone who has experience on their bike; new riders beware.

2. Blue Ridge Parkway

This is another two-state route. The Blue Ridge Parkway will take you from North Carolina into Virginia. There are two places to start the route in North Carolina: Asheville and Cherokee. As you are riding, you will be able to take in the sights of the Smoky Mountains in the south and several historic sites to the north.

3. The Copperhead Loop

Look for the beginning of the loop near the Asheville Regional Airport on Interstate 26. Take Exit 40 towards the airport, head toward Brevard and make your way to the Pisgah Forest. You’ll only travel three roads on this loop, making it an easy one to remember. Riders on the loop will see Davidson River, Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Rock, just to name a few sites. There are several places to stop along the route if you are feeling like a shutter bug.

4. The Cherokee Run

Take US 19 South and then one of three choices: U.S. Highway 441 North, U.S. Highway 441 South or U.S. Highway 74 west. Any of the choices will lead you down roads that are full of scenic and beautiful roads. Keep an eye on your speed because of the road quality! This ride is a good one for someone gearing up for the Tail of the Dragon route.

5. Devil’s Whip

Find Pleasant Gardens, NC and you can start this ride which will have you climbing to 2500-ft elevation. As you ride, be sure to take in the beautiful water and lovely views of Mt. Mitchell. Riders enjoy this route because once you get past residential areas; there isn’t much else but plenty of road. If you are looking for a ride that has you feeling like it’s just you and the road, this is the one for you. Get something to drink and gas up because there is nowhere to stop past the golf course.

6. Full Day of North Carolina Twisties Loop

This ride will take you through 133 miles of some of the most challenging asphalt in the state. You will find yourself on Highways 23, 107, 64, 281 and 276 during your ride. You will ride through the Nantahala National Forest and be pleasantly surprised at how well the roads are kept. Your smooth ride will take you down Highway 276 which is full of some of the most twists available on any loop.

7. The Coastal Huggin’ NC 12

If you want to do this ride from one end to the other, you’ll have to use the Ocracoke Ferry. If you don’t want to maneuver your bike onto the ferry, you can start in the middle and head either north or south. The middle point is in Whalebone. As you ride along NC 12, you’ll be treated to the sight of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway. You’ll see tourists enjoying what our state has to offer as well as some gorgeous sand dunes. There are a ton of tourist attractions along this route which means you can easily make a day of it.

8. Old Liberty Road

Sometimes you don’t want to ride for hundreds of miles and you don’t want to be gone for hours. If you are looking for a fun little ride, this is the one. Old Liberty Road stretches for only 17 miles, making it perfect for a jaunt in the evening after a long day at work. If you’re in the mood for farmland and pastures, take this ride. Take Old 220 north from Asheboro and turn right onto Old Liberty Road. Enjoy the ride to Liberty, NC and back.

9. Back Country Church Roads

53 miles packed with scenery is what you will find on this route. In Durham, you’ll take Erwin Road, W. Cornwallis Road and Walnut Grove Church Road. W. Cornwallis Road changes names a few times so don’t be alarmed thinking you made a wrong turn. You’ll see several churches along the way as well as forests, fields and little towns. Take the ride when the weather is clear and you’ll be treated to dozens of pleasant sights.

10. Quiet Country Ride

Here’s another route to take if you are looking for a relaxing ride through the countryside. 77 miles along Route 157 north and through the towns of Elfland and Cedar Grove and up to Roxboro. You’ll eventually loop back to your starting point in Durham. Streams, small lakes and twisting farm roads highlight this route through the sleepy countryside.

Speak to a North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

If you are looking for a new route, any of the above are well worth a try. You might just find a new favorite. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident in Charlotte or elsewhere in the state, call our office. When an accident is caused by someone’s negligence or error, victims have the right to compensation.

If you have visited the Uptown district of Charlotte, then chances are you have seen people riding on electric scooters.  Recently three companies (Spin, Bird and Lime) have rolled out their e-scooters for the people of Charlotte to enjoy.  The scooter rentals are able to be transacted through apps for each of the companies.  Users can search using the app to find and unlock an “e-scooter”.  The scooters are rentals are quite affordable and pricing structures vary by each company.  While cheap and available transportation options are always welcome, there could be cause for concern about additional concerns related to scooter accidents and the safe and responsible use of the vehicles.

When the scooters were first deployed, Lime, put the vehicles on the street without acquiring the necessary permissions from the city of Charlotte.  Eventually the proper permits were acquired and Lime and Spin and Bird are all involved in the Shared Mobility Pilot Program. The program provides regulation and guidelines that will hopefully give oversight to these companies and to the riders that are utilizing them. A review of the city’s website shows that the companies have policies regarding where the vehicles can be driven, helmet use, speed limits, and age and licensing limits.  Outside of safety there is also a concern of where the scooters should be left when a ride is finished. The policy says that the scooters should be parked in a location that does not impede pedestrian walkways or the city’s right-of-way.  Obviously the city and these companies are all hoping that people will use these vehicles responsibly and hopefully there will be vary few, if any scooter accidents or incidents.

What About Possible Accidents and Injuries Related to E-Scooters?

Just as bicyclists, people riding the electronic scooters will have to operate them in accordance with local traffic laws.  Assuming that the pilot program is a success and these devices are going to be here to stay, unfortunately there will be accidents and injuries to come. A car, bicycle or scooter accident can be caused by all kinds of contributing factors and no two accidents ever happen under the exact same circumstances.  Just as you would do if you were involved in a bicycle or motor vehicle accident, a scooter injury should be dealt with in the same manner.  Safety and medical attention should always take precedence when an accident happens.  After the injuries and safety of those involved has been handled at the scene, an accident report should be made and completed by local law enforcement. Issues regarding fault and accountability for the scooter accident will be managed by insurance companies and Courts.

Scooter accidents will also involve issues such as damage to vehicles, bodily injury and compensation for both.  After someone is involved in a scooter injury accident they should consider contacting an injury lawyer to discuss their potential options.  An experienced injury firm will be able to assist with reviewing the accident report and speaking to the insurance company(s) that may be involved. Additionally a injury lawyer may be able to provide compensation for someone injured in an accident that involved an e-scooter. Again, before speaking to an insurance company, it may be a good idea to first speak to a lawyer.

Auger & Auger proudly serves the Carolinas and helps being that have been injured in accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians and scooters. Anyone injured in a scooter accident or any other type of injury related accident can contact our law firm for a free case evaluation and an opportunity to find out if our law firm may be able to help.  Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Call (855) 971-0800

Dogs are frightening to some people. For others, dogs are their best friends. There is regular talk in the media about specific breeds being dangerous as opposed to others recognized as traditional family canines. No matter how you feel about the more than 40 million dogs in the United States, the one thing our law firm always tries to express is that any dog is capable of biting.  Publicizing that fact will hopefully prevent some injuries.

The good news is that in many situations a dog may show you signs before they actually bite. Knowing how to read their body language can help you avoid a dog bite in North Carolina.

 

  1. Eye Contact

A dog that is going to bite may make direct eye contact with you. Direct eye contact is not natural for dogs. In fact, it can be seen as an act of aggression. While some dogs are very comfortable with their human counterparts and willingly make eye contact with their owner(s), they may avoid looking directly in the eyes of others. If you come across a strange dog and it is noticeably staring you directly in the eyes, it may be a sign that the animal is feeling threatened or that it may be preparing to attack.  Take notice of any dog that stares at you directly in the eyes and proceed with caution. One option is to look over its head. This may allow you to keep an eye on the dog without appearing to be aggressive towards it.  

 

  1. Wagging Tail

Dogs wag their tail when they are happy. They wag when they are excited. They also wag when they are in a state of high energy. Don’t assume that a dog that is wagging its tail is friendly or happy to see you. Look to see how the tail is wagging. A tail that is held upright and wagging stiffly indicates that is in a high energy mode and that could be a sign of an excited or irritable animal.

 

  1. Large Chest

You’ve seen humans do it. We feel defensive or aggressive so we puff out our chest, take a wider stance and make ourselves appear larger than we are. Dogs can do the same thing. If you see a dog with a stance that is wider than what would be normal and a chest that is thrown out, it may be acting aggressive. This dog may be getting ready to engage you. Do what you can to appear to be less of a threat and get to safety.

 

  1. Ears Perked

This one is a bit confusing and is often best read if coupled with one of the postures above. A dog may perk up its ears when it is interested in something. It may hear a noise or even its owner’s voice and lift its ears straight up. A dog may also put its ears up or back when it is feeling threatened. If you notice a dog’s ears perked in combination with a slowly wagging tail, a wide stance or direct eye contact, please take caution and do whatever you can to protect yourself.

 

  1. Front Teeth

Have you ever run across a dog that smiles? It’s endearing. However a dog that shows its teeth in another story. When you see a dog’s front teeth it means one of two things: It’s very nervous or it may be about to bite.

 

Speak with a North Carolina Dog Bite Attorney Today

If you are attacked by a dog in North Carolina, you will most likely have to endure a painful and unpleasant experience. You may also find that there are additional issues to deal with such as medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.  If it is a loved one, you may be forced to make difficult decisions with regards to the care of your family. It’s important that you understand your legal rights and what you can do to move forward following a dog bite injury.


Call our office today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. You shouldn’t have to experience monetary difficulty because of the negligence of another. Reach out to our team to learn more about your options and how we can assist you.

Auger & Auger is happy to announce that Haley Avery is one of the recipients of our 2018 Spring Semester Disabled Scholar Award. These $1,000 scholarships are presented twice a year to high-achieving students across America who have worked hard to overcome the perceived limits of their disability. They have achieved excellence in and out of the classroom, and they have made a positive impact on their community.

In the summer of 2012, Hailey awoke one morning to find herself unable to get out of bed. Struck with sudden paraplegia, she was rushed into emergency surgery. Over the next 20 months, she endured 13 major surgeries to remove cysts along her spine. These surgeries left her with a variety of ongoing issues, including recurring paralysis.
Looking back on her ongoing struggles, one thing became abundantly clear: Hailey refused to be defeated, to give up or to lose. She made up her mind that she would overcome this obstacle. Hailey chose to combat her challenges with resilience and strength and her determination is to be greatly admired.

Due to her previous surgeries and continuing spinal cord abnormalities, Hailey has gained a new sense of empathy for others. She’s found that what she has gone through isn’t unique in the sense that we all have something we are suffering through. In addition, Hailey has learned that not all struggles are physical, and this has helped her as she has succeeded in her academic studies and in her professional pursuits.

Most of Hailey’s surgeries occurred during her freshman and sophomore years of high school and because of this she completed her studies online. Employers that review her academic records have asked her about this and at first it made her uncomfortable. At that point she was more private and guarded about discussing matters related to her health. Her point of view on this matter has since changed. She now believes that her struggles with her spine have given her a new perspective and have allowed her to connect with others. Hailey has become a lot more accepting of herself and is able to use her own experiences as a way to relate to and communicate with other people.

Hailey is currently a student at Arizona State University at Tempe-Barrett, The Honors College. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with certifications in International Business Studies and Data Analytics, with a minor in Russian. After she completes her undergraduate education, she plans to work for a government agency for a few years. She hopes to then either go on to get an MBA or go to Law School. She has even thought about potentially working in tax law matters as future career path.

Her advice to anyone enduring a physical or mental struggle is to never give up. “Although you’re often limited by your struggles, you can always push past them and change your world for the better,” she said. “I initially thought I’d never be able to walk again. I’d never finish high school and go onto college. Now, I’m doing things that I have never dreamt of. The world and your situation do not limit you. Your mind is the only thing that sets you back from your dreams.”

Uber is a popular ride sharing service used by millions of people around the globe. People choose to utilize Uber for a variety of reasons, whether they are commuting to work or had a bit too much to drink during a night out.

Few people get into a car being driven by an Uber driver expecting to be involved in an accident. But unfortunately car accidents do occur. If you are a passenger in an Uber vehicle or struck by one, you have rights. Read on for more info about the steps you should take after an Uber accident in North Carolina or South Carolina.

 

Immediately Following the Accident

Being involved in an accident with an Uber driver is similar to being the driver in your own accident. The first concern should always be on everyone’s safety.  Dealing with emergency related injuries should be your primary concern if there are any. After calling 911, if possible move the vehicles to a safe location. If the situation is one where it is possible to do so, you will want to try to collect as much information as possible.

If you are a passenger, get the Uber driver’s name and contact information. Ask for the information of all other parties involved in the accident as well as their insurance information. Lastly, ask for contact information for any witnesses who stayed on scene to offer assistance.

Once you have collected information, take photos or video of the accident scene. You’ll want to record the damage to all vehicles involved, any injuries suffered by people involved, and the current weather and road conditions. Try to take images before vehicles move to the side of the road. This information can be very helpful later on if there are insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits filed.

 

Insurance

Insurance can be a confusing issue when it comes to Uber drivers. The ride sharing service is required to have its own liability policy that covers anyone injured in an accident, if the Uber driver was the cause of the accident. If your Uber driver wasn’t at fault, the other driver’s insurance coverage should be responsible for any claims that you may have or anyone else that was injured by their driver’s negligence.

You may also want to research your own personal auto policy.  You may have medical payment benefits or other coverage that may be beneficial to you.  Find out if you have medical payment benefits or “med pay”.

 

Liability

Determining liability when an Uber driver is involved in an accident is no different than if any other driver was involved. Police will look for evidence on scene and take your statement, statements of those involved and any statements from available witnesses.

Again, If your Uber driver caused the accident, you will want to seek compensation from the liability insurance policy that the Uber driver is insured under. If another driver is found to be at fault, you will look for compensation from that driver’s policy.  Those insurance policies should be provided to you at the scene of the accident. In some cases a police officer may give you a driver’s exchange form that contains the info. If you do not get it from the officer or from the other drivers at the scene, you should be able to find the information on the final police report that will be released at a later time.  

 

After the Accident

Things may become overwhelming after an Uber accident in the Carolinas. As the injured party, you can expect to be potentially contacted by one or more insurance companies. It’s important to remember that you do not have to speak to them.

You do not have to make a statement about the accident, and you do not have to tell the claims adjuster or claims agent your version of events. Try to keep in mind that no matter how nice the insurance representative seems, they have their company’s best interests in mind, not yours. Anything you say could be potentially used to limit or deny your claim.

Depending on the severity of the accident, Uber or their insurace company could also have a senior level adjuster or even an attorney try to contact you. If this happens, you are still under no obligation to speak to them. This happens in rare cases, but is a possibility. Just keep in mind that anything you say can have negative consequences on your potential bodily injury claim.

 

Claims, Lawsuits and Lawyers?

Your next steps will be determined on the extent of your injuries.  If you are not injured and you do not need or receive any medical treatment, then you will be fortunate enough to not need to file a bodily injury claim against the proper insurance entity.  If you are injured, a bodily injury claim will need to be filed with the insurance company. The value and timing of that claim will again be determined by your injuries and other factors such as your medical bills, recorded medical treatments that document your injuries and other things such as lost wages and pain and suffering. Be mindful that if you do not have an attorney and if you are in contact with the insurance company, the insurance company may try to encourage you to enter into settlement negotiations with them while you are still injured and receiving medical treatment.  

The moment you accept a settlement from an insurance agency, you have effectively ended your case. If you have even the smallest doubt about accepting a settlement, don’t. Most attorneys offer a free case evaluation, meaning you have time to speak to a legal representative before you accept any offer from an insurance company.  Most attorneys will say that even before you are in contact with an adverse insurance company it is a best practice to speak to an experienced lawyer that can prevent you from making the possible mistakes that can have a negative effect on your case. A legal professional can represent you and negotiate on your behalf. In some cases that cannot be resolved without the filing of a lawsuit, your attorney may even have to represent you in Court if necessary.  These are just limited examples of what you can expect when you hire an experienced lawyer to represent you for your injury case.

 

Speak with a Charlotte Uber Accident Attorney Today

If you have been involved in an Uber accident in North Carolina or elsewhere in North Carolina, or South Carolina, reach out to our experienced personal injury team. We are ready to speak with you regarding your case and we will help you discover your options.

We understand that you may be stressed and anxious right now, and we are prepared to do all that we can do to assist you. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation that can take place in person or over the phone.

DISCLAIMER: The listed settlements and client reviews/testimonials do not constitute a promise or guarantee of any particular result in any particular case, as every case is unique. Each case was handled on its own merit, and the outcome of any particular case cannot be predicted by a lawyers or law firms past results. If a recovery by settlement or trial is made, the client will be responsible for cost advanced in addition to attorney fees. Client remains responsible for costs, expenses and disbursements, including medical bills, within the scope of representation. The attorney’s contingency fee percentage will be computed prior to the deduction of expenses from the total recovery.