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Early Friday morning, a semi truck crash in Polk County took the life of one man. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on I-26 near the Saluda exit, at about 2:15 a.m. For currently unknown reasons, the tractor trailer left the roadway, came over the guardrail and overturned beside the roadway. The driver of that truck, Tony Joseph Hurst or Chapin, South Carolina, was killed in the crash.

Very few details about the fatal truck crash have been released, and the cause of the wreck is likely still under investigation with the authorities. Portions of the roadway were closed for hours as first responders and crews worked the scene. The large truck was hauling tiny plastic pellets, which spilled all over the interstate. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Tony Joseph Hurst.

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Officials with the Asheville Police Department (APD) are calling on motorists to clear snow and ice from their vehicles before getting behind the wheel. The APD’s Facebook page recently shared a viral dash-cam video of a driver’s window being struck and shattered by a flying chunk of ice that dislodged from the car in front of it. It may take a few extra minutes, but it’s absolutely essential to clear all snow and ice from your car before hitting the road. Just scraping your windows isn’t enough. If you leave ice and snow on your vehicle, it can melt, blow off and dislodge while you’re driving. Even at relatively low speeds, it’s a recipe for disaster for the cars and trucks behind you.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety Storm Stats

  • Over 4,600 calls for assistance were made to the State Highway Patrol.
  • More than 2,400 crashes have been investigated since the storm began.
  • NCDOT crews have used more than 2.2 million gallons of salt brine on roadways.

Slick Roads Around Asheville

We recently reported on the icy and slick conditions on Asheville roadways, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) tips for winter driving safety. Plenty of people know that checking the battery and antifreeze along with tire pressure and tread are all important parts of winter prep and maintenance, but what about after the storm? Drivers who only remove snow or ice from their windshield and windows are putting other motorists at great risk. It doesn’t matter how clear and safe the roads are if a chunk of ice hits your windshield or a patch of flying snow obstructs your visibility.

Injury Accidents During Icy Weather

Drivers in and around Asheville need to take additional precautions before, during and after wintry weather hits. It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived here all of your life or if you’re new to the area. Safe winter driving starts with preparation. Don’t neglect the snow and ice covering your vehicle. Take the extra time to clear it. It could save somebody’s life. If you have been injured due to somebody’s negligent or dangerous actions during icy or snowy weather in Asheville or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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On Friday night, a Marietta woman was killed in a one-car crash in Greenville County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Poinsett Highway near Furman University. At this time, very few details about the crash have been released, but we do know that 26-year-old Elizabeth Danielle Hudson’s 2003 Honda Pilot crossed a center median and struck a tree.

Hudson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and she was pronounced dead on the scene. There has been no word on how this wreck happened. The cause is likely still under investigation with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Hudson’s family members and friends.

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently issued a press release about the results of their 2015 Holiday “Booze It And Lose It” campaign. Like many states and law enforcement agencies across the nation, North Carolina is trying to reduce the number of injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes that happen each year. Sadly, the holidays are an especially deadly time on North Carolina roadways. During the safety campaign, that ran from December 11, 2015 to January 3, 2016, there were 3,074 charges for DWI. Of those charges, 252 were related to drug use. Almost 350 law enforcement agencies participated statewide.

“Booze It And Lose It” Results

  • There were 10,914 checking stations and saturation patrols.
  • 105,020 traffic and criminal citations were made.
  • On average, there were 128 DWI arrests per day.
  • Henderson County had 18 total DWI charges.

Increased Enforcement Efforts in North Carolina

In addition to an increase in law enforcement, the NCDOT also utilized social media and other marketing sources to get the word out about the dangers of drunk driving. Their social media ad “Don’t Drink and Drive. You’re Smarter Than That.” was aimed at raising awareness about the dangers associated with drunk driving. The campaign also included suggestions for a variety of safe options available to people after a night of celebrations including alcohol.

After a Drunk Driving Accident in Asheville

Accidents involving drunk drivers can be absolutely devastating for victims. Whether you were hit head-on or center-punched, a drunk driving accident can leave you in the hospital and out of work for a lengthy period of time. Since these accidents are completely preventable, it’s essential for victims to be compensated for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. When somebody chooses to get behind the wheel after drinking, he or she is putting everybody on the road at great risk.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a drunk driver in Asheville or any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on recommended changes in laws governing bicycle safety in the State of North Carolina. A series of public meetings have culminated in a report with recommendations to the legislature’s transportation committee. Some of those recommendations include requiring reflective clothing and allowing drivers to cross the double-yellow line when passing cyclists.

Cyclist advocacy groups see these potential changes as a bit of a mixed bag. In some cases, these recommendations could actually put bicycle riders in greater danger. The biggest takeaway from the dialogue should be that the issue of cyclist safety is really about all roadway users. Improving safety for bicycle riders is about improving safety for everybody on North Carolina roadways.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in Asheville or the surrounding areas, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897.

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A pedestrian was recently struck and killed by a car in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened just before 6:00 a.m. on December 20, 2015. The collision occurred on U.S. 70, near Porters Cove Road. For currently unknown reasons, a car came around a curve and struck the 30-year-old pedestrian. Peter Spinney was pronounced dead on the scene. Very few details about this incident have been released, and the collision might still be under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

Injury Causing and Fatal Pedestrian Collisions

  • 4,818 pedestrians were killed in crashes in 2012.
  • 4,735 pedestrians were killed in crashes in 2013.
  • An estimated 66,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in 2013.
  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in crashes in 2013.
  • In 2013, 26 percent of pedestrian deaths happened from 6:00 p.m. to 8:59 p.m.
  • In 2013, 21 percent of the children from birth to 14 years of age killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.

Injuries Associated With Pedestrian Crashes

Collisions with cars can be devastating, catastrophic or fatal for pedestrians involved. After all, a pedestrian doesn’t even have the benefit of a helmet like a cyclist. Pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups in the U.S. A variety of injuries are commonly seen in pedestrian accidents including lacerations, fractures, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and trauma to internal organs. Even at seemingly slow speeds, crashes involving cars and pedestrians can leave victims in the hospital for extended periods of time.

Increasing Pedestrian Safety in Asheville

There are ways for pedestrians to increase their personal safety. For example, wearing brightly colored clothes to increase visibility is a great idea. Also, using crosswalks when they’re available can help to improve overall safety when navigating the roadways on foot. Pilot programs for increasing pedestrian safety are popping up in Asheville too. These safety initiatives are aimed at increasing visibility for pedestrians crossing busy roadways. Ultimately, it’s up to drivers to lookout for pedestrians and share the roadways.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Spinney’s family members and friends.

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Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are urging motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this holiday season. Sadly, we typically see a spike in injury causing and fatal drunk driving accidents this time of year. During the 2013 holiday period (December 18-31), there were 1,180 people killed in crashes. Nearly a third of those deaths occurred in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. In the month of December 2013 alone, 733 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a drunk driver, you need to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible about your case. The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a great New Year.

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Early Tuesday morning, a suspected drunk driving crash had a portion of Haywood Road closed down for hours. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the intersection of Baker Avenue, sometime around 1:00 a.m. The vehicle struck a telephone pole and knocked it down in the roadway. First responders and crews were on the scene, where a new telephone pole had to be installed. The driver, Charles Giezentanner III, was arrested and charged with DWI, reckless driving to endanger, driving with a revoked license, hit and run, leaving the scene and causing property damage.

Impaired Driving Crashes in The U.S.

  • In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver.
  • Fatalities in crashes involving drunk drivers accounted for 31 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year.
  • An average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurred every 52 minutes in 2013.
  • The estimated economic cost of drunk driving crashes in the U.S. in 2010 was $49.8 billion.
  • In 2013, the 21- to 24-year-old age group had the highest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes, with BAC levels of .08 or higher (33 percent).

Preventable Injury-Causing and Fatal Crashes

Drunk driving crashes are 100-percent preventable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual holiday drunk driving prevention campaign. Sadly, the holidays are known for having a spike in injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes. The NHTSA is encouraging party goers and anybody who is celebrating the holiday season with alcohol to designate a driver, call a cab or find some other safe ride home. No matter what, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.

Drunk Driving Accidents in Asheville

Drunk driving accidents can leave victims in the hospital and out of work for who knows how long. The holiday season is an especially difficult time to deal with medical bills, lost wages and painful injuries. After any kind of car accident due to somebody else’s dangerous driving, it’s important to speak with an experienced and proven personal injury lawyer.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash involving a drunk driver in Asheville or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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On Wednesday night, a local teen was killed in a crash in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened just after 5:30 p.m. on Newfound Road. A passenger in the car, 16-year-old Daniel Arrowood, was killed in the wreck. For currently unknown reasons, the speeding car left the roadway and rolled into a ditch.

Both the teen driver and passenger were wearing their seat belts. The car was estimated to be going 70 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone prior to the wreck. At this time, officials suspect that driver inexperience and speed were factors in this fatal one-car crash. Charges are pending against the teen driver.

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

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Early Thursday morning, four people were injured in a suspected drunk driving crash in Transylvania County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Highway 276, about three miles from the entrance of the Pisgah National Forest, sometime around 1:00 a.m.

The vehicle ran off of the roadway and overturned. At least one person had to be airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital, and three others were taken to an area hospital. At this point, law enforcement authorities do suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash. There’s no word on whether or not any charges have been filed at this time.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes full and swift recoveries for the injured victims.