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On Monday morning, a multi-vehicle crash involving a semi truck injured at least nine people. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the southbound lanes of US-441, near Lake Emory and the Franklin exit, at North East Main Street. Although very few details have been released, we do know that at least six vehicles were involved in the crash, including a tractor trailer. Apparently, the semi truck rear-ended a pickup truck, which turned into to a chain-reaction crash. Additionally, the wreck happened near a construction zone.

Nine People Injured in Truck Crash

The crash happened sometime before 11:20 a.m., on Highway 441 South. At least nine people were injured. Of those injured, four were rushed to the hospital for treatment, including one woman who was airlifted to Mission Hospital in Asheville. There is no word on any of the victims’ current conditions, but the woman who was airlifted reportedly suffered from a head injury. At this time, there’s no word on the status of the investigation or whether or not any charges have been made against the truck driver.

U.S. Truck Accident Facts

  • There are an estimated 2 million commercial trucks on U.S. roadways.
  • In 2013, 3,964 people died in truck crashes across the nation.
  • Approximately 73,000 large trucks were involved in injury-wrecks in 2013.
  • Between 2009 and 2013, large trucks and buses were responsible for 14,000 fatal wrecks.
  • Approximately 265,000 trucks were involved in property-damage wrecks in 2013.

After a Truck Accident in Asheville

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, you need to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible about your case. Since cases involving commercial truck accidents are frequently much more complex than accidents involving traditional passenger vehicles, it’s essential to have somebody who understands the commercial truck accident investigative process on your side. The initial police report doesn’t always tell the whole story. It might not be immediately apparent if a truck driver or commercial trucking company was in violation of some federal regulation. Speaking with an attorney after your accident should be a top priority.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody involved in the crash swift and full recoveries from their injuries.

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Over the weekend, a semi truck crashed over an embankment on US 25-70 at the Buncombe County and Madison County line. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the truck reportedly flipped off of the roadway and down a 100-foot embankment. At this time, it is believed that the driver was either ejected from the vehicle or crawled out of the wreckage on his own. He was found unconscious near the crashed truck.

He had to be airlifted to Mission Hospital in critical condition. There’s no word on the extent of his injuries or his current condition, but the team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes him a full and swift recovery. The cause of this crash is still under investigation by law enforcement authorities.

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On Sunday afternoon, a car crashed into a gas station in downtown Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at the Shell Station just before 3:00 p.m., on Merrimon Avenue, near I-240. Although very few details have been released, we do know that a fire had to be extinguished on the scene. Thankfully, no injuries were initially reported.

Second Gas Station Crash in a Week

The car apparently crashed into a column at the Shell Station. Although no charges have been filed in this case, there is still no word on what caused this crash. Surprisingly, WLOS ABC News Channel 13 also reports that this is the second time an automobile has crashed into this particular gas station in the past seven days. This wreck could still be under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

Recovering From an Asheville Car Accident

Depending upon the severity of your car accident, you could be facing a few days to a few weeks or longer away from work. In addition to either extensive property damage or a total loss of your transportation, you could also be facing hefty medical bills. Even if you’re well insured, you might find dealing with your insurance company less than pleasant. Everybody wants to think they’re in “good hands,” but many of the nation’s so-called top insurance companies have bad reputations for denying and delaying legitimate claims.

Car Crash Statistics

  • In 2012, there were an estimated 5,615,000 police-reported traffic crashes across the nation.
  • 33,561 people were killed in those crashes.
  • An average of 92 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes each day.
  • That is one person every 16 minutes.
  • An estimated 2,362,000 people were injured in 2012 traffic-crashes.

When to Call a Lawyer

If you have been injured in a car accident due to somebody else’s negligent, dangerous, distracted or careless behavior, you need to call a lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer can be you and your family’s advocate during this difficult time. Let your attorney handle the details of the case, while you focus on recovering and getting back to your normal life.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in Asheville, contact the team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 today for a free initial consultation.

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On Tuesday, a six-year-old child was fatally attacked by a pit bull in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the dog was recently adopted from the Asheville Humane Society. Although very few details have been released, we do know that the dog was so aggressive when law enforcement officers arrived on scene, it had to be shot.

At this time, no charges have been filed, and the Asheville Humane Society reportedly followed the proper adoption procedures prior to sending the dog home with a family. This is the second fatal pit bull attack involving a child in the past couple of weeks. A three-year-old in Lawton, Oklahoma was killed by a pit bull just a few weeks ago.

The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Joshua Strother.

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Forbes magazine has named the 4th of July America’s Most Dangerous Holiday. During the July 4th, Independence Day Holiday, over the last five years, 750 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. Independence Day has become synonymous with injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes across the country.

NHTSA’s Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is trying to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. In addition to increased social and educational awareness about drunk driving, law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and across the nation will be stepping up efforts to catch offenders and keep roads safe this holiday weekend. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a drunk driver, contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.

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On Monday night, two people were killed in a motorcycle crash in Cherokee County, South Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on SC Highway 221. For currently unknown reasons, the motorcycle apparently crossed the centerline and collided with a Ford truck, head on. Both the driver and the passenger on the motorcycle were thrown from the vehicle. Heather Lane Guffey and Mark Jonathan Petty, both 26 years old, died as a result of their injuries.

Truck Passenger Also Injured in Crash

The passenger in the front seat of the pickup truck was transported to the hospital in Spartanburg for treatment of injuries. No other injuries were reported, although there were two other people in the truck. There’s no word on the extent of injuries involved or that person’s current condition. Very few details about the crash have been released, as it may still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

Motorcycle Accidents in Asheville

Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcycle riders were more than 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in traffic crashes in 2012. Even with helmets, protective vests and jackets and other types of safety equipment, motorcycle riders are at an increased risk for catastrophic and fatal injuries when involved in crashes. They simply don’t have the same protections available as other motorists on the roads.

Just The Facts: Motorcycle Crashes

  • In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in crashes across the nation.
  • In 2011, 4,630 motorcycle riders were killed in U.S. wrecks.
  • Approximately 93,000 motorcycle riders were injured in 2012.
  • Approximately 81,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2011.
  • In 2012, motorcycle riders accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Improving Motorcycle Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) “Share The Road” safety campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers motorcycle riders face. Even with safety equipment, riders can become injured or killed in accidents. Motorcycle riders in Asheville and across the country are truly at the mercy of other motorists on the roadways, so drivers in North Carolina and across the country are encouraged to share the road.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Heather Lane Guffey and Mark Jonathan Petty. We also wish the injured victim a speedy and full recovery.

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Earlier this week, a one-car crash in Buncombe County ended in a road closure. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Swannanoa River Road. For currently unknown reasons, a car left the roadway and struck a power pole. Power lines came down, and electricity to the surrounding area was completely cut off.

Thankfully, no major injuries were reported, but the roadway had to be shut down between Fairview Road to Kensington Drive until Duke Energy crews could repair the damage. Law enforcement officials were advising drivers to avoid the area while crews worked the scene.

If you or somebody you love has been injured in a car accident in or around the Asheville area, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for an immediate free consultation.

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Over the weekend, a motorcycle crash in Maggie Valley took the lives of two people. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Joey and Michelle Dunlap, parents of two teenage daughters, were headed to join a Shriner’s parade on their motorcycle just before the crash. Sadly, they never made it to the parade. The wreck happened on Saturday at about 10:50 a.m., on US 19. A BMW SUV pulled onto the roadway in front of them and the Cherryville couple was unable to stop in time. The vehicles collided. Both riders died as a result of their injuries.

Deadly Motorcycle Wreck on US 19
WLOS ABC News Channel 13 also reports that the SUV was pulling out of the Dollar General parking lot at the time of the wreck. Local residents said this isn’t the first time a fatal crash has happened on this stretch of road. This part of US 19 is notorious for speeding too, and even though the speed limit was recently reduced from 55 miles per hour to 45 miles per hour, some community members report that drivers are still speeding. There’s no word on whether or not any charges have been filed, but the driver of the SUV, who reportedly did not see the motorcycle, could be facing a failure to yield citation.

Department of Transportation Evaluating Crash Scene

At this time, the crash is still under investigation with authorities. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) is also evaluating the scene to determine if there were any possible contributing factors to the crash. It may be necessary to make changes to either the roadway or the exit from the Dollar General parking lot.

Motorcycle Accidents in Asheville

After a motorcycle accident, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer. Investigations are often lengthy, and dealing with insurance companies can be exhausting. Motorcycle riders are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. Like cyclists and pedestrians, they don’t have the benefit of airbags, steel cages and seat belts to keep them safe. They rely on drivers to share the road.

The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to Joey and Michelle Dunlap’s family members, friends and loved ones.

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Earlier this week, a crash involving a tractor-trailer sent one woman to the hospital in McDowell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Highway 226, near 221, sometime after 7:00 p.m. For currently unknown reasons, a woman’s car crossed the centerline of the roadway and struck the front corner area of a semi truck.

The driver of the car was transported to Mission Hospital in Asheville for treatment of serious injuries. At this time, we do not know her condition or the extent of injuries involved. Although very few details about this crash have been released, we do know that charges are pending.

If you or a loved one has been injured due a negligent or dangerous driver, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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An entire community is grieving after the loss of a local Buncombe County teen. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, 18-year-old Chance Brown died as a result of her injuries in a crash on I-240, near Charlotte Street. Although very few details about the crash have been released, one thing is for certain. She will be greatly missed. The North Buncombe High School senior was a student athlete well known for her generosity, dedication and spirit.

Fatal Crash on I-240

Officials with the Asheville Police Department report that Brown overcorrected her car to avoid hitting another vehicle on the roadway. Her car then crashed into a tree, and she died on the scene. At this time, there’s no word on whether or not the other driver was in his or her lane at the time of the crash or if any citations have been made. The cause of this crash is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

The Dangers of Overcorrecting a Vehicle
Overcorrecting a vehicle can be incredibly dangerous, especially for certain types of cars and trucks. Automobiles with a higher center of gravity, like Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV’s), are at an increased risk for rollover in the event of an overcorrection. Additionally, any roadways with narrow shoulders or soft soil can also put drivers at high risk for rollover during an overcorrection. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has tips to help drivers avoid overcorrecting their cars in emergency situations.

Proper Maneuvering For Safe Driving

The NHTSA recommends drivers familiarize themselves with proper maneuvering to avoid a potentially injury-causing or deadly overcorrection rollover crash. If your car leaves the roadway, always reduce your speed gradually. It’s important to remember that you shouldn’t make any sudden steering movements. It’s safer to slow down and gently ease your car back to the road when it is safe to do so.

Hazardous Drivers on The Road

Although many overcorrection rollover crashes happen when drivers inadvertently leave the roadway, it’s a little more difficult to avoid sudden movements if other motorists are driving erratically.

The assistance principal at North Buncombe High has stated that counselors will be made available to students this week. The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to the family members, friends, classmates and teammates of Chance Brown.