Auger & Auger is proud to announce that Miles Rucker is one of the recipients of our 2018 Fall Semester Disabled Scholar Award. During the fall and spring semesters scholarships are presented by Auger & Auger to students throughout America who have exceeded expectations and worked very hard to overcome their disabilities. Additionally, recipients of the Auger & Auger Disabled Scholar award have achieved excellence in and out of the classroom and they make positive impacts in their communities. Recipients of the award receive $1,000 to assist them with their educational expenses.
When Miles Rucker was a young boy, he was diagnosed with spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. Spastic diplegia causes extreme tightness in the muscles and connective tissues. When he was just 7 years old, Miles had his first surgery to lengthen his heel cords to help him stop walking on his toes. When he was 16, he had surgery on his hamstrings and abductors to help him stop crouching his legs as he walked.
Miles has never let his walking disorder get him down. In fact, at a young age it taught him to never give up. Miles always knew he could do all the things that his peers could do. He also knew that he had to work harder than other young people that were not challenged by a disability like his. He knew it would be harder for him but he accepted it and worked very hard to overcome adversity. Miles is competitive and focused, and his drive has given him the ability to be successful in and out of the classroom.
As an avid golfer, Miles was named the captain of his high school’s golf team, a position he kept for two years. Miles claims that his disability has humbled him and given him an underdog mentality that challenges him to be competitive and consistently striving to be the best he can be. He also is grateful for his family and friends that have supported and motivated him to be the young adult that he is today.
Miles currently attends North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. After graduation, he would like to start his own robotics company where he can create new technologies that focus on assisting people with disabilities and physical limitations. His goal is to help improve the quality of lives for people that are affected by their disabilities.
Miles wants to give back to his community and help provide more opportunities for kids like himself to get involved with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”). Miles believes those are the fields of the future and that careers in the “STEM” fields will be in high demand.
Miles says those who are facing challenges should never allow others to set their goals or discourage them from trying. “I allowed too many people who did not know what I was going through to tell me what I can and cannot do,” Miles says. “Accept help when needed but try to push yourself so you will be able to stand on your own when you can and want.”
Truckers drive the road every day, and most do so with safety in mind. That said, driving on dry, even roads is a much different beast than driving over icy winter roads. When the weather takes a turn, driving challenges quickly rise, requiring a different skill set. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t change the way that they drive during poor driving conditions and accidents result.
Driving in bad weather is risky. It is harder to see, and there can be less traction and grip for tires. If you’re a trucker, here are some tips to get you through this season safely.
The best thing you can do to keep yourself and everyone on the road safe is to slow down. Many at-fault accidents are due to excessive speed. Keep in mind that the set speed limit may not be the safest speed at which to drive when driving conditions have deteriorated. If the roads are slick with rain or snow, slow down and take as much time as you need to get where you are going.
It’s always a good idea to check out a traffic map of your route before you start the engine. You’ll know if there are any tie-ups or accidents along the route which could put you in a time crunch. Leaving earlier may be a necessary move. You may even want to consider finding an alternate route to avoid traffic altogether.
Getting behind a slower driver can be aggravating, especially in states that experience snow every winter. No matter how irritated you are by the driver in front of you, keep a safe following distance. As North Carolina truck accident attorneys, we know that no one wants to be the person responsible for any accident, especially a catastrophic accident. Unfortunately, this is exactly what can happen if you drive so impatiently that you are on someone’s bumper — especially in inclement weather.
Go It Alone
It seems that traffic travels in a group along the highway. It’s an odd phenomenon, but one that seems to happen during poor driving conditions caused by winter weather. One option is to go it alone. If you try to get away from the pack, you can place distance between your rig and the other vehicles around you. More space gives you plenty of room to maneuver should you need to.
Get Off the Road
This is a tip that many commercial and non-commercial drivers don’t follow. If the conditions dictate that you pull off the road and wait for the weather to pass, then do it! It is tempting to push on so that you can arrive at your destination at a designated time but arriving later than planned is better than not arriving at all.
Don’t be a hero. As a professional driver, you know what you and your rig can handle and what you can’t. Never feel as though a deadline is more important than your safety or that of others on the road. If you believe that the weather is inhibiting your ability to drive safely, get off the road and wait until things clear up.
Check your vehicle before you get on the road. Make sure that the brakes, heaters, wipers, defrosters and all other components of your truck are in proper working order. Make sure that your windows, lights and mirrors are cleared of any dirt or snow. Don’t be in such a hurry to get on the road that you fail to ensure the safety of your vehicle. Making sure that your truck is road ready is one of the safest things you can do.
Necessary maintenance should be completed before you get on the road. If you know there is a problem with your rig, you have no business driving it. If you don’t own the truck or aren’t responsible for its maintenance, alert the person responsible for repairs. If you don’t feel that that person is taking you seriously, don’t be afraid to speak up until you talk to someone that will listen.
Our Charlotte Truck Accident Attorneys are Here to Help
Any accident can be catastrophic, especially accidents involving large commercial vehicles. If you are involved in a truck accident in North Carolina, reach out to our team of Charlotte truck accident attorneys. We can help you fight for the compensation that you are entitled to under the law. Call us today at (855) 969-5671 and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. Our team of injury professionals is ready to speak to you to see if we can help!
If you are going to be participating in Halloween festivities this year, our Charlotte personal injury lawyers would like to take a moment to remind you that safety is everyone’s responsibility. Trick-or-treating is held at various times throughout the local area and adult revelers may be heading out later in the evening. Halloween is wildly popular and some people will start celebrating before the sun goes down. Here’s how you can help to make Halloween safe for everyone.
As A Driver you need to be extra careful when driving on Halloween. Children are excited and may not remember to do all the things their parents told them. It’s not out of the realm of possibility for a little one to dart out into the street without looking. Additionally, some people will be celebrating their night with alcohol and unfortunately some will drive when they shouldn’t.
1) Go Slow!
The normal speed limit is 35 mph through a neighborhood. We suggest cutting your speed by 10 mph or more. Creep through a neighborhood so you have time to react should a pedestrian run in front of your vehicle.
2) Stay Aware
Distracted driving is a significant cause of car accidents throughout the nation. It can be an even bigger problem on Halloween. Pay attention when you are behind the wheel. When your are behind the wheel it is not the time to talk on your cell phone, eat your lunch, or update your Facebook status. Don’t be a distracted driver on Halloween, or ever!
3) Driveway Dangers
Take a walk around your vehicle before exiting your driveway. Look as far as you can down the sidewalk before pulling in. If you notice trick-or-treaters in the area, be extra vigilant when maneuvering into or out of your driveway. It’s too easy for a child to walk behind your car without you seeing them.
4) Report Reckless Behavior
No matter the time of day or night, if you observe a driver operating their vehicle in a reckless way, call 911. Don’t ignore it thinking someone else is calling the police – everyone else may be thinking the same thing.
It’s up to you as an adult to make sure kids are safe on Halloween. You can give all the lectures you like, but without preparation and supervision, you can’t assume that your little ones will be okay. Here are some tips you can follow if you will be handing out candy or have kids that will be asking for it.
1) Watch Out!
One of the leading causes of injury during Halloween is car accidents. Children and other pedestrians are hit for different reasons but most often because they weren’t seen. Make sure your children are highly visible. Put reflective tape on their costumes and have them carry a flashlight. Glow sticks attached to your child’s costume or treat bag will also make them more visible.
There should be at least one adult supervising a group of kids trick-or-treating. If you can’t go with your little ones, find someone who can. No child should be going door-to-door without a watchful eye.
It is easy to let your child pick out any costume they like and have them put it on minutes before they walk out the front door. This is a mistake because not all costumes are made with safety in mind. Before your child is allowed to ask for treats, you should inspect their costume. Be sure that it isn’t a trip hazard, blocking your child’s sight, or has sharp pieces.
4) Your Home
Neighbors will try to outdo each other when it comes to decor. Don’t compete with the guy next door without taking safety in mind. Pay attention as you are decorating. Keep your walkways clear and avoid decorations that could pose a safety risk to anyone entering your property. You’ll be saving yourself from a potential headache if you can prevent people from being injured while they are on your property.
5) Inspect the Treats
Parents have visions of razor blades in candy but the truth is that this is extremely rare. Be on the lookout for anything that could trigger any allergic reactions for anyone that may eat the candy! Also watch for wrappers that are opened, or candy that is old or out of date. Take the time to look at your kid’s candy before you let them dig in!
6) Additional Facts
● 70% of parents allow their children to trick-or-treat on their own.
● There are nearly 4,000 injuries reported each Halloween.
● Kids are twice as likely to be in a fatal traffic accident on Halloween.
If you are hurt on Halloween, call our Charlotte personal injury lawyers. If you get into an accident or have injuries caused by someone’s negligence or misconduct, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and more. Our attorneys are here to help and we are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Reach out to us today to schedule your appointment for a free case evaluation and learn more about your legal rights. Call (855) 969-5671 to see if we can help.
When you are involved in a car or big truck accident, you are understandably anxious. Due to the catastrophic and powerful nature of car and big truck accidents, victims are often left with severe physical injuries, emotional turmoil, and financial difficulties.
Our Charlotte truck accident attorneys are here for you and your family if you fall victim to a drowsy driver. Here is some helpful info about drowsy driving.
Drowsy Driving and Big Rigs
No one can argue that truck driving is a tiring job. The occupation may not always require heavy lifting, but it does require driving for long stretches of time while remaining alert, something that can be difficult to do.
According to a study released by the University of Minnesota, Morris, commercial truck drivers who have obstructive sleep apnea and do not adhere to their treatment protocols are at five times greater risk of crashing.
Sleep apnea, a disorder that causes people to momentarily stop breathing when they are asleep, causes daytime sleepiness. This, in turn, can result in drivers who are too fatigued to be on the road. Obstructive sleep apnea is estimated to affect nearly 25 million adults in this country.
For the study, researchers looked at 1,613 truck drivers diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and 1,613 drivers without the disorder. They looked at drivers with similar experience and approximately the same number of hours on the road. The drivers with obstructive sleep apnea were all given the same prescribed therapy. Close to 700 drivers followed the treatment, 600 followed it partially and 400 did not follow it t all.
The rate of preventable accidents among truck drivers who did not follow their prescribed obstructive sleep apnea therapy was five times greater than those who did. Those drivers who only partially followed the therapy had a crash rate similar to those who followed it completely.
The study shows that untreated obstructive sleep apnea is a danger to transportation safety. The recommendation of researchers is to screen all potential commercial truck drivers for the condition and to treat those who are found to have the disorder. Both the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that they would be gathering more information on the effects of obstructive sleep apnea on their workers.
All Drivers Need to Be Awake
According to a survey of 150,000 adults, 4 percent reported falling asleep within the past 30 days. One of the best ways to prevent drowsy driving, aside from catching enough ZZZs at night, is to know the warning signs of drowsy driving. Even though we discuss commercial drivers in this post, everyone should know that ANY driver that is drowsy driving is dangerous whether they are in a semi or in a car, van, SUV, etc.
If you notice that you or your driver are showing any of these signs while you’re driving, it’s time to get off the road.
This is an obvious sign of being tired, but a yawn here and there also signals boredom. What you want to notice is frequent yawning.
If you notice frequent yawning in a short period of time, chances are high that it would be a good idea to take a break from the road.
We’ve all been in that place where we can’t remember how we got where we are. This is especially true of commuters who take the same route every day. Our brains go on a sort of auto pilot and we discover that we can’t really recall getting to work.
This is normal but still dangerous. It’s even more dangerous if you don’t take the same route every day and still find yourself wondering about the last few miles.
You’re driving down the highway and thinking about something else when all of a sudden you miss your exit. It’s not something to be too concerned about. It’s when you weren’t really thinking about anything else that you need to worry.
If you miss an exit, or several exits, you could be too tired to drive. It may be time to just pull over for a while and take a nap.
All the sudden you find yourself jerking the wheel to the right to get fully back in your lane. The next thing you know, you’re moving to the left to get back into your lane.
Drifting is a common sign that someone is too tired to operate their vehicle. If you find yourself drifting, ask yourself if you may be too drowsy to drive.
Those rumble strips on the side of the road are there to alert you to something. It may be that you’re drifting too far, or it may be that you need to slow down. If you’re hitting the rumble strips on the side of the road and aren’t trying to get off at an exit, you’re drifting.
The vibration and noise from driving on rumble strips will hopefully wake you up and make you realize that your driving is not at its best. If you can’t stay off the strips, it’s time for a rest.
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If you have been involved in a car or big truck accident in Charlotte or elsewhere in North Carolina, you need an experienced injury law firm like Auger & Auger on your side. Having an advocate by your side as you move forward after your accident is one of the many potential benefits of hiring our law firm. Call us today at1-855-969-5730 to find out more.
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Car accidents are frightening and stressful. They are loud, they are fast, and they are terrible for all involved. No one leaves their home expecting to be involved in a collision that day. Unfortunately, no one can predict when an accident will happen. Your entire life can change in the blink of an eye.
You know that when you are involved in an accident, (depending on the circumstances) you generally pull over and wait for police officers 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.
Following a Hit-and-Run Car Accident, you should:
If you are injured or your safety is at risk, all of this is secondary. In some cases, you won’t be able to get the license plate number of the other vehicle that left the scene. Don’t let that add to your anxiety or cause you to make any rash decisions that may affect your safety. Let the police do their job. Your first priority is ensuring that your medical needs and those of passengers in your vehicle are taken care of.
Just as there are things that you can do at the scene of the accident, there are things that you should not do.
Following a Hit-and-Run, you should NOT:
The majority of people involved in a vehicle collision remain on scene. They exchange information with other drivers and they wait for police to arrive. People typically leave the scene of an accident for one of several reasons including not having adequate insurance or a license to drive, they are driving a stolen vehicle or they already have legal issues that would prevent them from wanting to come into contact with law enforcement officers.
If they are ready to run from law enforcement, don’t think that they will pull over for you. It’s not worth the altercation and may only serve to make things worse. Remember that your car’s damage is certainly important but it is not worth risking your safety over.
Insurance or lack thereof?
Do not be overly concerned with not knowing the identity of the other driver or their potential lack of insurance coverage. A part of your policy may include coverage that protects you in cases where you are hit by an unknown or uninsured driver. If the other motorist is unknown or does not have insurance or has inadequate coverage, your own policy may very well kick in to protect you.
In summary, after a hit and run accident, do what you need to do to make sure that you and your passengers are safe, which includes calling 911, getting emergency medical treatment if necessary and getting to a place where you can safely wait for help. Also, we can’t say this enough: DO NOT CHASE AFTER THE OTHER DRIVER. Stay to wait for police to arrive to make sure that an accurate report is made. Filing a correct report will be vital to any potential claims that you may have to file with appropriate insurance companies.
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If you were hurt in a hit and run accident, call a Charlotte car accident attorney. Experienced accident injury lawyers understand the nuances of hit-and-run accidents and will fight for your rights. You can expect your attorney and their team to learn as much as they can about your accident so they can advise you of your best options for moving forward after your hit and run motor vehicle / car accident. That may include investigating your accident to attempt to locate the unknown driver, interviewing witnesses or inspecting the accident scene.
If you have been involved in a hit and run in North Carolina, our team is here for you. You may be entitled to compensation for compensable damages related to your medical bills, lost wages pain and suffering or more. You and your family do not have to suffer financial difficulties because someone else chose to ignore the law while also jeopardizing your health and safety.
Reach out to our personal injury attorneys today for your free case evaluation. We are here for you now. Call 1-855-969-5730 for a free case evaluation and to see how we may be able to help you!
Whether you are staying home or headed to the beach for one last glimpse of summer, Labor Day weekend means the roads will be busy in town and out on our highways. Everyone wants a safe weekend of great memories and of course no one wants to ever get injured in a car accident. With that being said, here are some reminders for all of the drivers out there that will be out and about over this Labor Day Weekend!
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
With Uber, Lyft and so many options, there is no excuse for not having a safe time if you are going to be enjoying yourself over this holiday weekend (or at any time for that matter). If you have plans to go out and they involve alcohol, do the safe and responsible thing and plan for how you are going to get home. Whether it is a designated driver, taxi, rideshare, public transit or sleeping on someone’s couch, do whatever it takes to stay safe and not get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you have been enjoying alcohol. Drunk driving accidents are preventable and besides getting hurt or hurting someone else you can destroy your life (career, legal consequences, financial expense) by drinking and driving. Additionally, don’t ride with anyone that has been drinking and don’t let anyone get behind the wheel if you know they have been drinking.
DON’T DRIVE DISTRACTED
Emails, texts and calls can wait until you aren’t driving. It is too easy to reach for the cell phone or focus on your music or even a sandwich if you are behind the wheel. Modern conveniences have just made it that way. Just because you think you can drive safely and text, dial, read, listen, sip, chew, deal with your kids or many of the other distractions that you can encounter, it doesn’t mean that is so. There are apps for your phones that can prevent you from having access to your texts or other content if your car is in motion. Most of them are free and easy to use. Consider getting one. For everything else, you should wait until you are not driving. There is no reason to drive distracted. Stay focused and get there safe.
No one wants to sit in traffic. No one wants to sit on the highway for a broken-down vehicle, road construction or a car accident. That being said, there is not anything you can do about it. If you have the ability to safely take a short cut, that’s fine but getting mad and driving aggressively or impatiently is not going to get you there any sooner or safer. Remember that you should drive responsibly and share the road. Everyone wants to get to their destination in a timely and safe manner. Be calm, follow the rules of the road and you will get there eventually.
A BRIEF CHECKLIST
A few other thoughts and considerations to make before you hit the road:
Have a great Labor Day Weekend and be safe!
Holiday weekends are always traffic filled. Even if you don’t leave town, chances are you will be impacted by other folks that are either leaving town or driving through. It is the responsibility of every licensed driver to follow the rules of the road and to do their best to keep themselves, their passengers and other travelers safe as well. Think about some of these things and ask yourself is there anything about your driving that you can improve? Just something to think about it. We wish everyone safe travels this Labor Day Weekend!
If you are injured in an accident, speak to a Charlotte, North Carolina accident attorney today. Reach out to our office and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation on the phone or in person. We will speak to you at length about your accident and advise you of your potential rights and options. Call today to schedule your consultation and let us assist you in securing the compensation you may be entitled to. (855) 969-5671 Our phones are answered 24/7!
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According to the numbers, golf cart accidents have risen dramatically in the last two years. Visits to emergency rooms for injuries sustained in these accidents total in the tens of thousands. These vehicles are the preferred mode of transportation on golf courses, but they are also being used to tool around communities, college campuses, airports and even hospitals.
Golf carts used to reach speeds of no more than 15 mph. Today, carts are being made to reach 25 mph. Increased speeds have not meant increased safety features. Most golf carts don’t include turn signals or wipers. Some don’t have mirrors, and many aren’t equipped with brake lights. Even though they are being used as vehicles, they don’t come equipped with the same safety features. Therein lies the problem.
Because golf carts don’t offer the same kind of protection as cars and because they aren’t always driven responsibly by their operators, serious accidents are on the rise. There are stories of occupants being thrown from carts, trapped under them after a rollover accident and people being struck by carts.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol doesn’t keep statistics on golf cart accidents, so the numbers may not be as accurate as they could be. What we do know, however, is that there are certain steps you can take to protect your interests after an injury — and hiring a North Carolina golf cart accident lawyer is a great place to start.
Factors That Contribute to Golf Cart Accidents
There are several factors that could lead to a golf cart accident. These include:
As Carolina golf cart accident attorneys, we understand that you may have some questions after you have been involved in a golf cart accident. We are here to help answer some of those questions.
Yes. Depending on when and where the accident happened, there is most likely a limited amount of time for you to file a lawsuit. If you do not file your claim within a certain time frame, it may be barred from court.
In North Carolina, that limit is generally three years. There are many different rules and exceptions that govern the time allowed for the filing of a lawsuit. Please speak with a licensed attorney to determine the statute of limitations that governs your claim.
A golf cart is considered a vehicle. The person driving the cart at the time of your accident may be named in the lawsuit if they were negligent. The owner of the cart, if different than the driver, may also be named in certain circumstances.
The owner and managers of the facility in which your accident occurred may be named in the lawsuit if the accident can be attributed to improper grounds maintenance or another issue.
You will need to show the that the person you are blaming for your injuries was negligent. Negligence can be shown by first showing that the person or person’s that caused the accident owed a reasonable duty of care to the injured person or persons. Essentially it means that you would need to show that the at-fault golf cart driver or other vehicle is responsible for driving in a safe manner (which they are). By explaining what the at-fault party did to cause the accident, you can show that they did not drive in a safe or reasonable manner and that they breached the duty that was owed to their passengers or others. Lastly you will need to show that you were injured, and that your injuries were a direct result of that negligence.
If you can prove your claim, you may be entitled to damages. These may include medical bills, repairs for damages that were done to the car or golf cart, lost wages and more. Your attorney can help you determine exactly what damages you may be entitled to. Your damages are based upon the unique circumstances of your accident.
One of the first steps in a personal injury matter is to find a reputable and experienced attorney to consult with about your options. An attorney will have the knowledge and experience that is necessary to help you protect your interests, help you deal with the insurance company and importantly work to secure you the compensation you may be entitled to.
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If you have been injured in a golf cart accident in Charlotte or elsewhere in North Carolina or South Carolina, you have legal rights you may not be aware of. If you sustained injuries because someone else was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and more. Call our team of experienced Charlotte golf cart accident lawyers today to speak us about your potential claim(s).
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Depending on where you live in the country, you may already be seeing school buses on the road. Some buses are transporting children, and others are practicing their routes. Kids will be returning to school in the next couple of weeks if they haven’t already gone back into the classroom. The month of August is an excellent time to remind ourselves of school bus and pedestrian safety.
If you’ve ever driven through a school zone, you know that they can be congested. Kids getting dropped off and picked up by parents, not to mention those getting on and off buses, can make moving through a school zone a harrowing experience. It can be even more hazardous with pedestrians and cyclists present. Hurrying through a school zone, whether in a car or on foot, puts everyone at risk.
As Charlotte, North Carolina pedestrian accident attorneys, we find it important to remember that everyone shares in the responsibility of maintaining safety in a school zone. The good news is that there are things everyone can do to reduce the number of accidents involving pedestrians in these zones as the new school year begins.
As a Driver
If you are moving through a school’s pick-up or drop-off zone, look for signage that tells you what to do. Do not double park your vehicle because this reduces visibility for others. Only drop children off or pick them up in designated areas.
It can be tempting to park across the street or even down the block to avoid getting stuck in the traffic, but this is dangerous. Your children will have further to walk. Carpooling may help to ease your stress level and chances are that you will find other parents who will be happy to participate.
Know what you need to do when you encounter a school bus. If the bus has its yellow lights activated, it means it will be stopping in the next several feet. Don’t pass it. If the red lights are flashing and the stop sign extended, it means children are either getting on or off.
Don’t pass the bus in these situations either. Bus drivers are trained to only turn their lights off and begin moving again when it is safe to do so. Follow their lead.
School zones often have speed limits that are lower than the rest of the roadway. Obey these limits and don’t ride anyone’s bumper. When you encounter a crosswalk, stop and let pedestrians walk through it. Understand that any law enforcement officer or crossing guard that is giving directions supersedes any signage that is present.
Always stay alert as you pass through a school zone. Don’t assume that the children you see will stay on the sidewalk or even wait to cross at a crosswalk. Children may dart out into the road from areas you can’t see. If you are going too fast, you won’t be able to stop in time. If you are riding near a child on a bicycle, keep at least three feet between your car and the bike.
If you are getting out of the car in a school zone, look over your shoulders before you open the door. Pedestrians and cyclists may not be aware of your intentions, and opening the door into someone’s path can cause an accident.
As a Pedestrian
Drivers aren’t the only people tasked with the responsibility of ensuring safety within a school zone. If you are walking through a zone, it’s up to you to act responsibly and the same goes for your children.
If you are walking, stay on the sidewalks that are provided. In areas where there are no sidewalks, walk on the shoulder of the road as far to the right as possible. Walk facing traffic so you can see what is coming at you and react if you need to.
You may not know this, but the majority of accidents involving pedestrians happen when pedestrians are crossing the road. Don’t cross until you get to a crosswalk. If there are no crosswalks, wait until you get to an intersection. Never dart into the street from behind an obstacle. Vehicle drivers may not be aware of your presence.
As a parent, take the time to teach your child how to walk through a school zone. This may mean practicing in the days leading up to school when the school zone isn’t busy. Your children should know that they aren’t to run or walk into traffic. Teach your kids how to cross the road safely and supervise any little ones who can’t be trusted to act responsibly on their own just yet.
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School zones are full of hazards that are not obvious. It is up to everyone to make sure that students and other pedestrians are safe. Think back to the last time(s) you were in a school zone or driving on the road with a school bus. Were you cautious? If not please consider making some changes. If you can be safer, please do so!
If you are injured in an accident, speak to a Charlotte, North Carolina pedestrian accident attorney today. Reach out to our office and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation on the phone or in person. We will speak to you at length about your accident and advise you of your potential rights and options. Call today to schedule your consultation and let us assist you in securing the compensation you may be entitled to.
People love technology. One of the latest gadgets that people can be seen sporting isn’t attached to their ear, but they wear it on their wrist. Yes, you guessed it, the “smartwatch” Once Apple released their now wildly popular iWatch, technology lovers, particularly those fond of Apple’s line of products, raced to be the first to purchase one. Smartwatches of all types have become more popular as they have become more affordable. It is a safe bet that you probably have at least one friend that wears a smartwatch.
At first glance, the smartwatch seems like a hands-free device. Look again. You can hear notifications no matter where your wrist is located, but you can’t see the notifications unless you move your hand to within view. Attempting to look at or use the watch while driving is a bad idea because it can take your hand(s) off the wheel and it takes focus away from the road. Simply put, don’t try to operate your smartwatch while you are engaged in driving!
A UK-based road safety group, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), is telling consumers and drivers alike that smartwatches are potentially more distracting than smartphones and other mobile devices. While those who do not wish to be distracted while they drive can tuck a mobile device into a pocket, bag or even cup holder, the watch is generally worn at all times. A vibrating or sounding alert or flashing light can be irresistible for some.
While most states do not currently have laws specifically prohibiting the use of smartwatches while driving, they do have laws regarding distracted driving. These laws may not specifically mention smartwatches, but they do give law enforcement officers discretion in determining if a driver broke the law or caused a car accident in North Carolina as the result of paying more attention to their smart device than the road.
Distracted Driving Laws in North Carolina
It is illegal in North Carolina for any driver to text while operating their vehicle. New drivers (novice drivers), or those under 18, are prohibited from using their cell phones at all. Adult drivers are permitted to talk on their cell phones while driving. There are nuances to the texting ban that people should understand. Texting includes composing, reading or sending any type of electronic communication, and it’s considered a primary offense. This means that a police officer can pull you over if they see you texting and driving, even if you haven’t committed another infraction.
Drivers are permitted to text while they are stopped at an intersection or parked. Bus drivers are not permitted to use cell phones behind the wheel in any manner.
Distracted Driving by the Numbers
Distracted driving, including cell phone use behind the wheel, took the lives of nearly 3,500 people in 2016, according to the NHTSA. It has been discovered that 1 out of every 4 vehicle collisions in the United States is caused by texting and driving. You are six times more likely to cause an accident if you are texting while driving than if you are impaired while driving.
It is estimated that it takes approximately five seconds to read a text that you receive. If you are traveling at highway speeds and check a text, you can easily cover the length of a football field without looking. When you take that into consideration, it’s easy to see just how dangerous the behavior really is.
When it comes to teenagers, the problem may be compounded. 35 percent of teenage drivers admit to texting and driving, despite knowing that it is dangerous. A teenager is four times as likely as an adult to be involved in or cause an accident because they were using their mobile device behind the wheel. In fact, 21 percent of teenage drivers who were involved in fatal car accidents were distracted by their mobile devices at the time of their accident.
Penalties for Distracted Driving in North Carolina
When a driver in North Carolina is cited for texting behind the wheel, they are subject to a $100 fine if they are found guilty of the infraction. Novice drivers are subject to a $25 fine for using their mobile device while operating their vehicle.
Despite laws not being on the books banning the behavior, drivers are urged to unstrap their smartwatches or turn their notifications off while they are driving. Like any other reason that so many people give, checking a smartwatch isn’t worth the damage to person and property that can be caused.
Only you know yourself well enough to know whether or not you can avoid the temptation of your smartwatch while you are driving. If you don’t believe you can, take it off and put it back on when you arrive at your destination.
Speak to a North Carolina Car Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Charlotte or elsewhere in the Carolinas, call our office. A member of our team will help you set up an appointment for a no cost case evaluation. We will let you know what we think and tell you how we may be able to help you. Don’t hesitate to see how we can help!
David Belisle was killed in a motorcycle accident near Fort Mill, SC on July 21, 2018. The incident happened around 10:00 p.m. on S.C. 160 near the intersection with Sleepy Hollow Road. A 19-year-old Fort Mill man driving a 2015 Nissan sedan west turned left towards a private driveway and collided with the motorcycle that was heading east. WBTV reports that the deceased, Mr. David Belisle was riding a 2014 Harley Davidson and SC Highway Patrol report that he was wearing a helmet. As of the date of this post no charges had been filed and toxicology reports are still pending.
Accidents and injuries related to motorcycle accidents are all too common, especially this time of the year when the weather is warm and many people are riding. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 4,956 motorcyclists were killed in 2015 alone. Many of these accidents involved both automobiles and motorcycles and additionally these accidents were caused by many different factors including alcohol, poor driving conditions and negligence on the part of drivers and riders. Every accident that happens on the road is a very serious occurrence that must be evaluated for its cause as it relates to the possible prevention for future accidents. At this time it is too early to speculate as to the cause(s) of the above-listed accident. Law enforcement officials will continue to investigate and announce their findings after the investigation has concluded.
Our law firm assists people that have been injured in accidents involving motorcycles and various types of motor vehicles including cars, trucks and commercial vehicles like tractor trailers. We are consistently working on these cases and we work hard to protect the rights of our clients. Our injury law firm is dedicated to helping people that have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. It never costs a thing to speak to one of our team members and our case evaluations can be done in person or on the phone. If you or anyone you know has been injured in a car accident or a wreck and needs help, please call our office at 855-971-0559. We are here to help.
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