July 30, 2014

Fatal Crash in Candler

On Monday afternoon, a fatal crash in Candler took the life of 15-year-old Christopher Taylor. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the one-car collision happened at Reeves Cove Road. Law enforcement officials report that the driver, another teen, lost control of the vehicle, over corrected and then struck a tree. Taylor was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver was taken to the hospital and treated for injuries. No charges have been filed, but the wreck remains under investigation.

Taylor was a football player at Enka High School, and had attended a practice session earlier in the day. He was going to start his sophomore school year this fall. The school district will be providing crisis support personal and counseling services for any students or staff members that request them.

Teens Injured in Car Accidents

Although young people, ages 15-24 years old, only represent 14 percent of the population, they account for 30 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females.

U.S. Teen Driver Safety Facts

• In 2010, seven teens, ages 16 to 19 years old, died from motor vehicle wrecks each day.
• Per vehicle mile driven, teen drivers are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.
• In 2010, 2,700 teens, ages 16 to 19, were killed in car crashes.
• Nearly 282,000 teens were treated for injuries resulting from car accidents in 2010.

Risk Factors for Teen Drivers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that there are three risk factors which can greatly increase the risk for motor vehicle crashes involving teen drivers. Risk factors include newly licensed teens, male teen drivers and passengers and teens driving with teen passengers.

Teen Driver Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers teens and parents a variety of resources to improve teen driver safety. Their "Parents Central" area has in-depth information on some of the most common safety problems novice drivers are likely to face. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members, friends and classmates of Christopher Taylor.

July 24, 2014

Another Crash on I-26

Another crash involving an overturned vehicle happened on I-26. Earlier this week, we reported on the semi truck that overturned in Polk County. This time, the vehicle in question was a SUV. The incident happened at about 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, in the eastbound lanes, near the exit for Brevard Road. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, at least two people were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Very little information about this crash has been released.

There's no word on the cause of the wreck or whether or not any other vehicles were involved. Thankfully, emergency crews were quickly on the scene, and the injuries didn't appear to be life threatening. If you or a loved one is injured because of somebody else's reckless or negligent behavior behind the wheel, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A.

July 23, 2014

Overturned Semi Truck in Polk County

On Tuesday afternoon, an overturned 18-wheeler had traffic backed up in Polk County. The incident happened on I-26 near the Saluda exit (exit 59). According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the big rig was hauling water when it blew a tire. Apparently, the rig struck the overpass and then overturned. First responders were swiftly on the scene, where at least one person was trapped by the wreckage. Crews also had to deal with a fuel spill. One person was taken to Pardee Hospital.

Traffic Backed up in Polk County

All westbound lanes had to be closed for first responders and cleanup crews. Traffic was diverted onto Highway 176 through Saluda. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), all lanes were expected to be open again by about 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night. There's no information on the extent of injuries involved or the victim's current condition. Very little information has been released about this crash, which is likely still under investigation with authorities.

Motor Carrier Safety Across the U.S.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA's) primary mission is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. Since semi trucks and tractor trailers can weigh in excess of five tons, safe driving and management practices are top priorities for the FMCSA. In addition to regulations about driver fitness, hours of service and safe cargo handling, there are also regulations regarding the use of hand-held mobile phones while operating certain commercial vehicles. The FMCSA's website has a variety of safety resources for consumers too.

After a Truck Accident

Cases involving commercial trucks are much more complicated than traditional automobile accidents. After an accident involving a big rig, it's important to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Since commercial trucking companies and drivers have to adhere to a variety of federal trucking laws and regulations, it is often necessary to conduct an additional accident investigation. Federal trucking laws were put in place to keep roadway users safe. Semi trucks are so much larger and heavier than traditional passenger vehicles, so it's absolutely critical that trucking companies and commercial drivers play by the rules. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a tractor trailer, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

July 17, 2014

Moped Crash in East Flat Rock

Earlier this week, a crash involving a moped in East Flat Rock sent two people to the hospital. The collision happened on Spartanburg Highway (Highway 176), near the General Electric plant. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a Lincoln struck a moped sometime before 9:00 a.m. The Moped went flying into pared cars and caught fire. The Lincoln rolled down the street and struck a power pole.

The 24-year old moped rider, Christopher Jackson, was air lifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. There's no word on the extent of his injuries or his current condition. WLOS ABC News did report that the Lincoln was going about 80 miles per hour when it struck the moped. This wreck is still under investigation with law enforcement authorities. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Mr. Jackson a speedy and full recovery from his injuries.

July 16, 2014

Pedestrian Struck and Killed

On Sunday afternoon, a pedestrian was struck and killed on Kimberly Avenue. Virginia Senechal, 66 years old, was just returning from a visit to the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary. The incident happened in the 400 block of Kimberly Avenue. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, she was struck by a 29-year-old driver named Maximilian Alexander.

Reckless Driving and Death by Vehicle

Alexander has been charged with reckless driving and misdemeanor death by vehicle. He was released on a $2000 bond. Very few details have been released about this crash. Other than 'reckless driving,' authorities haven't made it entirely clear how the victim was struck. Was the driver distracted, speeding or violating roadway safety signs and signals?

Pedestrian Safety in Asheville

Sadly, fatal and injury-causing pedestrian accidents in and around Asheville have been popping up in the news frequently this year. Last week, we reported on an 11-year-old boy who was struck by a car. The weather is beautiful and roadway users aren't limited to passenger vehicle occupants. Pedestrian safety needs to be a top priority for motorists in Asheville and across the state.

Everyone is a Pedestrian

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) "Everyone is a Pedestrian" campaign is aimed at raising awareness about pedestrian safety in the U.S. In 2012, there were 4,743 pedestrian deaths across the country. Pedestrians are actually one of the few groups of roadway users that continue to experience an increase in fatalities each year. According to the NHTSA, 14 percent of all traffic fatalities and an estimated three percent of injured victims in traffic crashes are pedestrians.

After a Pedestrian or Bicycle Accident

After a pedestrian or bicycle accident, it's a good idea to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. In North Carolina, it can be difficult to recover compensation for injuries and wrongful death lawsuits due to contributory negligence issues. If a claims adjuster can show that the victim was even 1 percent at fault for the accident, recovering compensation to cover damages will be impossible. Speak with your attorney first, before giving insurance adjusters any information that they could twist around to deny your claim. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Virginia Senechal.

July 10, 2014

Child Struck by Car on Highway 70

An 11-year-old boy is still in critical condition after being struck by a car on Highway 70 in McDowell County. The incident happened on Tuesday evening at about 8:00 p.m. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, a 15-year-old driver struck him. Reportedly, only the car's side view mirror struck him, but it was enough to send him to the hospital in critical condition.

Very few details have been released about this crash, but WLOS ABC News reports that the teen driver hasn't been charged with anything. Sadly, this wreck happens just a few weeks after two teens were struck on Barnardsville Highway, leaving one dead and one in the hospital. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes this young man a speedy and full recovery from his injuries.

July 8, 2014

DWI Crackdown in Asheville

Police officers in Ashville and Buncombe County deputies are working together on a joint task force in efforts to reduce alcohol-impaired accidents in the area. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Buncombe County has received a $700,000 grant to help stop drunk driving. Some of that money will fund a mobile breath alcohol testing unit to various checkpoints around the county.

Cracking Down on DWI's in Asheville

Cracking down on impaired drivers is an important part of keeping the community safe. When drivers get behind the wheel impaired, they're putting everybody on the road at great risk. WLOS ABC News reports that the DWI task force plans to use the grant money to set up checkpoints at least once a month in Buncombe County.

Drunk Driving: Just the Facts

• On average in 2012, one person was killed every 51 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the U.S.
• More than 10,000 people are killed each year in crashes involving impaired drivers.
• One in three traffic fatalities happens in an alcohol-impaired crash.
• Holiday weekends often bring a surge of impaired-driving crashes.
• Alcohol-impaired driving crashes cost an estimated $37 billion each year.
• Alcohol impairment among drivers is about four times higher during night time hours than daytime hours.

In the Hospital and Out of Work

Victims of any type of car accident are often in the hospital and out of work. Whether an impaired driver was at fault or a distracted driver, you're left in pain, out of work and with medical bills piling up. Car accident victims are often facing hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, property damage, lost wages and other out-of-pocket expenses, and insurance companies are notoriously slow at processing claims.

After an Accident Involving an Impaired Driver

After an accident involving a drunk driver, it's important to get into contact with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You might be in the hospital and out of work, but it will be necessary to stay abreast of official law enforcement investigations. On top of everything, you could be dealing with multiple pushy insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck involving a drunk driver in Asheville or Buncombe County, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 today for a free consultation.

July 4, 2014

Fatal High-Speed Chase in Hendersonville

Earlier this week, a high-speed chase in Hendersonville left one man dead and two other people in the hospital. The chase happened on Interstate 26, when troopers attempted to pull over a speeding vehicle. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, 48-year-old Allen Goodman of Florida took the troopers on a high-speed chase through Hendersonville.

The chase finally came to a halt when Goodman's car struck a pickup truck on Sugarloaf road. Witness reports indicate that there were screeching tires and a loud boom. Goodman was pronounced dead on the scene. The passenger in the pickup truck was air lifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital, and the driver was taken to Pardee Hospital. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a speeding or careless driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case.

July 2, 2014

Fatal Wreck in Hendersonville

On Sunday morning, a wreck on Highway 25 took the life of one person. The crash happened near Tuxedo, and the driver of the car has been charged with felony hit and run and DWI. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, Angel Diaz was driving when he lost control of his car and slid sideways into a guardrail. The impact killed the passenger, but Diaz didn't stop driving. He drove the damaged car north for about 10 miles before stopping on I-26, by the Upward Road Overpass. Diaz then fled the scene on foot and reportedly got into a friend's car. Authorities found his car with the body the passenger, Luiz Ruiz, inside.

Driver Held on $400,000 Bond

Trooper J.A. Nix arrested Diaz, and found him to have suffered from minor injuries in the wreck. He was booked, had his first court appearance and is being held under a $400,000 bond. According to WLOS ABC News, his next court date is July 15th. An updated news report said that additional charges are pending.

Impaired Driving: Just the Facts

• Nearly 30 people across the U.S. die in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers every day.
• In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers.
• Nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths involved an impaired driver in 2010.
• In 2010, more than 1.4 million people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics across the country.

When to Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer

If you have lost a loved one due to somebody else's criminal, negligent or careless behavior, you need to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Especially in cases where law enforcement agencies are involved, it's important to have a lawyer who can stay abreast of investigative developments. Surviving loved ones are often facing extensive medical bills, funeral expenses and a loss of future earnings. On top of everything, they are dealing with the irreplaceable loss of love and companionship of their departed loved one. An attorney can be your advocate during this painful and difficult time. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Luiz Ruiz.

June 26, 2014

Big-Rig Crash in Asheville

On Thursday afternoon, a crash involving an 18-wheeler happened on I-26 West in South Asheville. Lanes were backed up for hours as crews worked the scene. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck, which also involved a Dodge pickup truck, happened at about 2:00 p.m. near mile marker 34, between the Long Shoals Road exit and Brevard Road exit.

Very little information has been released about this crash, but as of about 4:00 p.m., all lanes were back open for traffic. There's still no word on the cause of the crash, or who was at fault. Thankfully, no injuries were initially reported. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today. In many cases, it's necessary to have a more in-depth and thorough investigation conducted when accidents involve tractor trailers.

June 25, 2014

Fatal Car Crash in Hendersonville

Last Friday, a car crash in Hendersonville left one person dead and three people in the hospital. The wreck happened at about 6:00 p.m. on Asheville Highway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a driver, turning out of Bay Breeze Seafood, pulled in front of a beer truck. Apparently, the beer truck struck the car, and pushed it into a third automobile that was traveling in the opposite lane. Cars were crunched together, and one vehicle was on its side.

One Dead and Four Injured

One driver was pronounced dead on the scene. The passenger from the initial car and two other people from the third automobile were swiftly transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. The driver of the beer truck was also reported to have suffered from minor injuries. There's no word on the condition of the injured victims or the extent of their injuries. Initial witness reports indicate that the beer truck driver may have tried to stop before striking the car. This terrible wreck is still under investigation with authorities.

Motor Vehicle Crash Facts

• Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
• Over 2.3 million adult drivers and passenger occupants were treated in emergency rooms due to car crashes in 2009.
• In 2012, 33,561 people died in motor vehicle crashes across the country.
• Car crash fatalities rose 3.3 percent from 2011 to 2012.
• In 2012, an estimated 2.36 million people were injured in traffic crashes.
• In 2011, 2.22 million people were injured in crashes.
• In 2012, motorcycle and pedestrian fatalities increased by seven and six percent, respectively.

What to do After a Crash

After any kind of car accident, you need to get your immediate medical needs addressed first. Your next priority should be speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney, especially if your accident was due to somebody else's negligent, reckless or careless behavior behind the wheel. A skilled lawyer can be your advocate and deal with pushy insurance companies. Don't expect to be in "good hands" just because you faithfully pay your monthly premiums. Insurance companies frequently look out for their own bottom lines, at the expense of their policy holders. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation.

June 20, 2014

DWI Hit and Run near Asheville

A "highway rampage" is being blamed for a series of wrecks that happened on Interstates 40 and 26 in Buncombe County earlier this week. The driver, 27-year-old Tiffany Hill, was apparently under the influence of alcohol and medication when she struck at least seven other cars. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Hill was charged with DWI, hit and run and reckless driving.

Witness reports indicate that Hill was deliberately slamming into other vehicles, one after another. Her car finally came to rest after slamming into a guardrail near the exit for Airport Road. Thankfully, nobody was killed during this rampage and no serious injuries were reported. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a reckless or impaired driver, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

June 18, 2014

Texting-While-Driving Ban in South Carolina

South Carolina is no longer one of the few remaining states without a texting ban. As of last Tuesday, it's now illegal to text and drive in South Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Governor Haley signed the new law last week. Under this new statewide texting ban, drivers can still use their phones while they're stopped at red lights. South Carolina's statewide texting ban makes it the 49th state to pass this type of legislation. Montana is only remaining state that still doesn't have a statewide texting-while-driving law.

South Carolina's Statewide Texting Ban

WLOS News also reports that law enforcement officers will write warnings for the first six months. After the six-month grace period, the fine for texting while driving is $50, but it won't impact your insurance premiums. Jill Littlejohn with Greenville City Council wants drivers to know that it's not about writing tickets and catching offenders, it's about improving roadway safety across the state.

Just the Facts on Distracted Driving

• In June of 2011, over 196 billion text messages were sent or received across the U.S.
• Every day, more than nine people are killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
• Over 1,060 people are injured in crashes involving distracted drivers each day.
• In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in distracted-driving crashes.
• In 2010, nearly one in five crashes where somebody was injured involved a distracted driver.

Focus on the Road

Drivers in North Carolina and South Carolina are encouraged to focus their full attention to the task of driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to remind drivers that distractions come in many forms. Eating fast food, applying makeup and changing the radio station can all be distracting behaviors behind the wheel.

Texting-While-Driving Accidents

If you've been injured due to the negligent or careless actions of another driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Since initial police investigations can often be lacking, it's a good idea to speak with a skilled lawyer about your case swiftly. Texting-while-driving and other forms of distracted driving aren't always immediately apparent right after a crash, so it may be necessary to have an additional investigation conducted. The experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. can conduct an in-depth investigation to obtain evidence and help determine exactly what happened when you were injured.

June 13, 2014

Crane Accident in Haywood County

On Monday, a crane accident on U.S. 276 in Haywood County sent one person to the hospital. The incident happened just before 1:00 p.m. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the northbound lane of the roadway was closed for 12 hours. Apparently, the 125,000 lb crane went over an embankment at the top of the mountain. First responders were swiftly on the scene.

The crane was allegedly traveling from South Carolina to Robbinsville, North Carolina at the time of the crash. The driver was taken to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. There's no word on the victim's current condition, but the injuries were initially described as non life-threatening. Traffic was diverted for hours, as crews worked the scene. This incident remains under investigation. If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck involving heavy machinery, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. today.

June 11, 2014

Pedestrian Killed Early Saturday Morning

On Saturday morning, a pedestrian was struck and killed at a South Carolina intersection. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime before 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of Chesnee Highway and Gossett Road in Cherokee Springs. Very little information has been released about this collision, which killed 46-year-old Doyle Burke. He was pronounced dead on the scene. At this time, there's no word on how this crash happened. Could alcohol have been a factor? Although this incident is still under investigation with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, no information has been released about the driver or any potential charges involved.

2012 Pedestrian Traffic Safety Facts

• 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes.
• Pedestrian deaths accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities for the year.
• 90 percent of pedestrian fatalities involved only a single vehicle.
• Pedestrians made up three percent of all people injured in motor vehicle crashes for the year.
• More than one-fifth of the children, ages 10 to 15, killed in motor vehicle wrecks were pedestrians.
• 32 percent of pedestrian fatalities happened between 8:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
• Alcohol involvement, for either driver or pedestrian, was reported in nearly half of all fatal pedestrian crashes (48 percent).
• In 2012, pedestrian deaths increased six percent from the previous year.

Everyone is a Pedestrian

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) "Everyone is a Pedestrian" campaign offers motorists and pedestrians a variety of great tips to improve safety for all roadway users. Pedestrians can certainly improve their safety by using crosswalks, when available, observing all traffic signs and signals and by trying to be predictable. Unfortunately, that's not always enough. Motorists need to be on the lookout for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders. It doesn't matter how visible you are, if a driver is checking Facebook or texting behind the wheel.

After a Pedestrian Accident

If you have been injured or someone you love has been struck and killed, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A skilled lawyer can stay on top of official investigative developments and help see you through this difficult time. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Doyle Burke.