November 20, 2014

School Bus Crash in Henderson County

On Tuesday morning, a woman had to be airlifted to Mission Hospital after she rear-ended a school bus in Henderson County. According to the Times-News Online, there were about 20 children on the bus at the time of the crash. The incident happened at about 7:36 a.m., when a school bus stopped to pickup students at Ferenvilla Drive. Another school bus stopped behind that bus, and was suddenly rear-ended by a small car.

Very few details have been released about how this crash happened. Why didn't the driver stop in time? Could it have been a case of distracted driving? Was the driver unable to stop due to a mechanical problem? At least one child was taken to the hospital for evaluation, and the woman driver's injuries were described as "non-life-threatening." The driver was reportedly charged with failing to reduce speed.

The attorneys and staff at Davis Law Group, P.A. have helped thousands who have been involved in serious motor vehicle crashes involving buses, trucks, motorcycles and cars. The firm's attorneys are glad to answer any questions you have. Remember, if you are involved in a wreck, you should always talk to an attorney before you talk with an insurance company.

November 18, 2014

Fiery Semi Truck Crash on I-40

On Sunday night, a semi truck caught fire on Interstate 40 in McDowell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. near mile marker 79. Portions of the interstate roadway had to be shut down for nearly seven hours. Crews were on the scene, near the Old Fort and Sugar Hill Road areas, working through the night.

Lanes Reopened for Morning Commuters

Very few details have been released, but this appears to have been a one-vehicle crash. It's unclear whether the tractor-trailer crashed and then caught fire, or if the fire started independently of a crash. Crews had the all of the eastbound lanes open by about 4:30 a.m., just in time for the morning commuters. Thankfully and surprisingly, no injuries were immediately reported with this fiery semi truck crash.

Transporting Hazardous Materials

At this time, there's no information on what the tractor-trailer was hauling, and there's still no word on how exactly the fire got started. Was the fire caused by some type of hazardous material or caused as a result of the fuel in the tank? All commercial trucks have additional rules and regulations to follow, but trucks hauling hazardous and flammable materials have even stricter rules and guidelines. Big rigs carrying certain types of hazardous materials have to maintain a higher level of safety and retain and keep HazMat certifications and permits.

Semi Truck Crashes in North Carolina

Thankfully, there were no injuries reported in this fiery tractor-trailer crash. Unfortunately, that's just not the case for many people who are involved in big rig crashes in North Carolina and across the country. Since commercial vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, they can do a considerable amount of damage in the event of a wreck. They don't stop on a dime, and smaller passenger vehicles just don't stand much of a chance when crashes involve semi trucks. This is why commercial drivers and trucking companies have additional rules and regulations to follow. If you or a loved one has been injured in a big rig crash, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free case consultation today.

November 13, 2014

Motorcycle Crash in Buncombe County

On Wednesday afternoon, a high-speed motorcycle chase ended in a wreck in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident began on New Liecester Highway, when an 18-year-old motorcycle rider failed to stop for authorities.

Very few details have been released, but officials did report that the chase ended in a crash on Monte Vista Road. Law enforcement officers and first responders were on the scene, but there's no word on whether or not the rider or anybody else was injured in the crash, or if other vehicles were involved. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 did report that there were charges pending against the motorcyclist.

High-speed chases can endanger and injure other roadway users and innocent bystanders. If you or a loved one has been injured due to somebody else's reckless, careless or willfully dangerous behavior, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

November 11, 2014

Overturned Semi Truck in Greenville, SC

Last week, an 18-wheeler overturned on US-25 South in Greenville, SC. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13's Facebook page, the incident happened near Gap Creek Road, just over the state line. For currently unknown reasons, the large truck overturned on the side of the roadway. Very few details have been released, but injuries were reported on the scene.

There's no word on whether or not this was a one-vehicle crash or if other cars or trucks were involved. Motorists were asked to avoid the area as crews responded to the crash and worked the scene. Additionally, no information has been released on the victim or victims and the extent of injuries involved.

Semi Truck Crashes in Asheville

Wrecks involving commercial trucks can leave victims in the hospital or worse. Semi trucks, 18-wheelers, tanker trucks and large tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. They can't stop on a dime, and they can do considerable damage to smaller passenger occupant vehicles on the roadway. Because commercial trucks are so large and heavy, they have additional rules and regulations to follow. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the department responsible for regulating the commercial trucking industry to ensure safety for all roadway users.

Investigating a Tractor Trailer Crash

A comprehensive and in-depth accident investigation following a wreck with a semi truck is absolutely essential. Since commercial trucking companies and big-rig drivers have additional rules and regulations to follow, investigations can take longer than for crashes that only involve smaller vehicles. It's important to have an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side. An attorney can stay abreast of official investigative developments and help to determine if a driver or trucking company was violating any safety regulations at the time of the crash.

When to Call an Asheville Truck Accident Lawyer

Recovering from an accident involving a semi truck can be expensive, painful and time consuming. After a big-rig accident, you need to contact an experienced lawyer who can be your advocate during a difficult time. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free case consultation today.

November 6, 2014

Texting and Driving in Asheville

WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on the distracted driving epidemic in Asheville. After AT&T released the disturbing results of a survey showing that 98 percent of drivers who text at least once a day, said they know texting while driving is dangerous, but 75 percent of them do it anyway.

Reporters went to a busy intersection in Asheville to get the scoop on local distracted driving behaviors. They saw about 10 texters in 10 minutes, and talked to local motorists about the impacts of distracted driving. Making a commitment to distraction-free driving is an important part of keeping roadways safe in Asheville and across the state.

There are even a variety of anti-distracted driving apps available. If a distracted driver has injured you or a loved one, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation today.

November 4, 2014

Teen Driver Crashes into Swannanoa River

On Saturday afternoon, a one-car crash in Buncombe County ended with a teen's car in the Swannanoa River. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident occurred near the 90 block of Thompson Street. The 19-year-old driver reportedly swerved to miss an oncoming car and then overcorrected, sending her vehicle into the river. She did sustain minor injuries, and she was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Car Crash Investigation in Buncombe County

At this time, very few details have been released about the crash. There's no word on what the other car involved was doing or why the teen driver had to swerve out of the way at the last minute. Could this have been a case of distracted driving? The cause of this crash is likely still under investigation with authorities.

National Teen Driver Safety Week

National Teen Driver Safety Week was from October 19 - 25, this year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publicized their annual campaign and also made a variety of educational materials available to teens and their parents. This issue is a top priority, because car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens across the U.S.

The Dangers Facing Teen Drivers

In September, we reported on the top five safety concerns for teen drivers. In addition to driver inexperience, teens have a variety of safety issues to be aware of or avoid behind the wheel. Many teen drivers and parents may not be aware that the addition of peer passengers in the car can greatly increase the risk for automobile accidents. Listed below are the top five safety concerns for teen drivers.

Dangers Facing Teens Behind the Wheel

• Drinking and driving
• Buckling up for every trip
• Distracted driving
• Speeding
• Having peer passengers in the car

Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are urging parents to talk to their teen drivers about issues like distracted and impaired driving. A driver's education class just isn't enough. Parents are also encouraged to make contracts with their kids to increase the likelihood of safe driving behaviors. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes the injured teen driver a quick and full recovery from her injuries.

October 30, 2014

This Halloween: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their Halloween drunk driving prevention campaign. With the holiday falling on a Friday night, they want motorists and partygoers to know that buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you plan on celebrating with alcohol, designate a driver or make an alternate plan to get home safely. It can be as simple as adding the number for a cab company into your phone ahead of time.

In 2012, nearly half of all motor vehicle fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver. Under the right circumstances, one drink can put you over the limit. Don't plan on just having 'a few drinks' and getting behind the wheel. If a drunk driver has injured you or a loved one, contact a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody a safe and Happy Halloween!

October 28, 2014

7.8 Million Cars Recalled for Exploding Airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a recall on about 7.8 million vehicles due to defective airbags. The inflators on these airbags can actually explode under the right conditions. Not only will your airbag not protect you in the event of a crash, it might actually kill or seriously injure you. At least four deaths and a plethora of injuries have been linked with the faulty airbags. The airbags in question are in a variety of models from BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.

Defective, Dangerous and Deadly Takata Airbags

Although a faulty airbag may not that sound that scary to some motorists, the defective airbag in question has already been linked with four deaths. It's not that there is some minor defect making these airbags inflate poorly or improperly. The problem is that the inflators are exploding like miniature bombs. They are sending metal shrapnel at incredibly fast speeds directly toward the neck, chest, torso and facial regions of drivers and passengers.

What Took so Long?

Concerns involving the safety of these Takata airbags may have gone back to 2000, which leaves consumers wondering, what took so long? After the fiasco with the faulty GM ignition switches, it's not very surprising that this recall took so long. In March, we reported on the recall of 1.6 million cars made by manufacturer General Motors due to faulty ignition switches. Whether it's a faulty ignition switch or an exploding airbag, consumers have a right to know as soon as a safety issues is discovered.

When to Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

After any kind of car crash, it's a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If you suspect a faulty or defective part caused your crash, you need to file a complaint with the manufacturer and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It can take years for a recall to happen, so it's important to have concerns brought up and addressed as swiftly as possible. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident involving a faulty or defective part, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a case consultation today.

Automobiles being Recalled for Faulty Airbags

BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2000 - 2005 3 Series Sedan
2000 - 2006 3 Series Coupe
2000 - 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
2000 - 2006 3 Series Convertible
2001 - 2006 M3 Coupe
2001 - 2006 M3 Convertible

Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2003 - 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
2005 - 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
2006 - 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
2006 - 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
2008 - Dodge Ram 5500
2005 - 2008 Dodge Durango
2005 - 2008 Dodge Dakota
2005 - 2008 Chrysler 300
2007 - 2008 Chrysler Aspen

Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2004 - Ranger
2005 - 2006 GT
2005 - 2007 Mustang

General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles

2003 - 2005 Pontiac Vibe
2005 - Saab 9-2X

Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2001 - 2007 Honda Accord)
2001 - 2002 Honda Accord
2001 - 2005 Honda Civic
2002 - 2006 Honda CR-V
2003 - 2011 Honda Element
2002 - 2004 Honda Odyssey
2003 - 2007 Honda Pilot
2006 - Honda Ridgeline
2003 - 2006 Acura MDX
2002 - 2003 Acura TL/CL
2005 - Acura RL

Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2003 - 2007 Mazda6
2006 - 2007 MazdaSpeed6
2004 - 2008 Mazda RX-8
2004 - 2005 MPV
2004 - B-Series Truck

Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2004 - 2005 Lancer
2006 - 2007 Raider

Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2001 - 2003 Nissan Maxima
2001 - 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
2002 - 2004 Nissan Sentra
2001 - 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
2002 - 2003 Infiniti QX4
2003 - 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45

Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2003 - 2005 Baja
2003 - 2005 Legacy
2003 - 2005 Outback
2004 - 2005 Impreza

Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2002 - 2005 Lexus SC
2002 - 2005 Toyota Corolla
2003 - 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2002 - 2005 Toyota Sequoia
2003 - 2005 Toyota Tundra

October 23, 2014

School Bus Rear-Ended in Henderson County

On Tuesday afternoon, a school bus was rear-ended in Henderson County. There were 22 students from Clear Creek Elementary School on the bus. They were headed back from a field trip at the time. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the driver that rear-ended the bus was looking down at his phone at the time of the crash.

Thankfully, none of the students appeared to have been injured in the crash. The driver of the car did suffer from some minor injuries. Although no charges have been filed, the Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident. Distracted driving puts everybody on the road at great risk. This crash could have been much worse. If a distracted driver has injured you or a loved one, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

October 22, 2014

Leaf Season Wrecks on Blue Ridge Parkway

An increase in car crashes on the Blue Ridge Parkway has law enforcement officials reminding motorists to drive safely while enjoying the fall scenery. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, this is one of the busiest seasons for the popular scenic roadway. There have been 19 crashes on the 469-mile stretch of road, and half of those wrecks happened in the Pisgah District. There is also some concern that drivers are looking at the leaves instead of focusing on the road.

Peak Traffic Season

Autumn, and October in particular, is one of the busiest seasons for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Drivers are out enjoying the wildlife, flowers, colors and scenery. This time of year is incredibly popular for motorcyclists too. Riders are trying to get in a few good cruises before the weather turns. In September, a well-known motorcyclist was killed in a crash on the Parkway. The wreck happened near mile post 394.

Distracted Driving and High Speeds

The Blue Ridge Parkway is intended to be driven at a leisurely pace, but many of the recent wrecks are being attributed to high speed and distracted driving. In many locations, the speed limit is 35 miles per hour, and this time of year, drivers are more distracted by what's outside of the vehicle than what's inside. Observing the fall colors has also been a factor in some of the recent Blue Ridge Parkway Crashes. Anything that takes a driver's attention away from the task of driving is considered a distraction. It's not exactly a smart phone, but looking at the beautiful scenery rather than the road still puts everybody in danger.

Safety on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Motorists are reminded to use designated overlook areas to enjoy the colors of the season. Don't take your eyes or mind off the wheel to observe the changing leaves. Watch the road, and wait for designated areas to enjoy the scenery. Always focus on the road, and enjoy the fall scenery when it is safe to pull over. If you or a loved one have been injured by a speeding or distracted driver on the Blue Ridge Parkway, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

October 16, 2014

Bicycle Safety in Asheville

Cyclists are out in full force enjoying the crisp weather and beautiful fall foliage, so motorists in and around Asheville need to be on the lookout. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has great tips for cyclists and drivers to improve roadway safety for everybody.

Safety Tips for Cyclists

• Follow the rules of the road.
• Wear a bicycle helmet.
• Be predictable.
• Stay alert.
• Look before turning.

What can Drivers do?

• Never text and drive.
• Be on the lookout for cyclists, pedestrians and other roadway users.
• Give the cyclist at least three feet when passing.
• Yield to bicycles when turning.

Accidents involving cars and bicyclists can leave cyclists in the hospital or worse. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a case consultation today.

October 14, 2014

Deadly Wrong-Way Crash in Henderson County

On Monday night, two people died in a wrong-way crash on I-26. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the Henderson County wreck happened at about 9:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes, near mile marker 50. Initial reports indicate that an elderly male driver was headed the wrong way and crashed into a pickup truck head on. First responders, crews and investigators were on the scene until about 11:00 p.m., and both drivers were killed in the crash.

There's no word on why the elderly driver was going the wrong direction. There is also no information on whether or not there were any passengers in either vehicle, or if anybody else was injured in the wreck. No names have been released, and the crash is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

Elderly Driver Safety in North Carolina

Although very little information has been released, elderly driver safety is becoming an increasingly important topic with an aging baby boomer population. Along with age comes a decline in vision, physical health and cognitive function. This means it is absolutely critical to ensure older drivers have all the tools necessary to safely navigate the roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has great online materials for helping families bring up the topic of safe driving with older loved ones.

Older "Drive Well Toolkit"

The NHTSA offers a helpful "Drive Well Toolkit" that is dedicated to promoting older driver safety and mobility in communities across the U.S. The toolkit gives families, loved ones, older drivers and concerned community members resources for improving roadway safety for older drivers and all other roadway users. Community building, older driver training events and education and advocacy material are all included in the Drive Well Toolkit for older drivers.

Older Driver Safety in Asheville

WLOS ABC News Channel 13 also recently reported on older driver health assessments in Asheville. An assessment can be scheduled with a local healthcare provider and can help give older drivers and their family members peace of mind about driving safety and limitations. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the two people who were killed in this terrible crash.

October 9, 2014

Unattended Waste Truck Slams into Home

On Tuesday afternoon, an unattended dump truck crashed through a mobile home in Candler. The incident happened sometime before 1:30 p.m. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the Waste Pro dump truck rolled about 65 feet downhill before slamming into the house on Shelba Drive.

Thankfully, nobody was in the house at the time of the crash, and the family's dogs were reportedly okay. The driver, who was not in the dump truck at the time of the crash, did say that he set the parking break, but the incident is still under investigation with authorities. Waste Pro offered to pay for a hotel room for the homeowner overnight. Thankfully, this large truck hit a house when nobody was home. Unattended runaway trucks can be incredibly dangerous, and even deadly.

October 7, 2014

Six People Hospitalized after I-26 Crash

A rollover crash on I-26 that sent six people to the hospital is being blamed on driver inexperience. According to the Times-News, the 15-year-old driver was licensed in South Carolina and had some type of conditional or provisional license, also known as a "learner's permit." Apparently, the teen driver's vehicle drifted to the right shoulder of the road and hit a section of rumble strips. The driver then jerked the steering wheel and overcorrected the Mazda SUV. The vehicle flipped over on the roadway.

Two Juvenile Occupants Ejected from Car

All six occupants in the vehicle were hospitalized, and at least one of them had to be airlifted from the scene. Two unidentified juveniles were ejected from the vehicle, but thankfully they landed in the median away from the wreckage. There were apparently six people, including other children in the car that only had seats for five. It's important to note that learner's permits are only recognized in the state that they're issued in. A North Carolina learner's permit is only recognized in North Carolina, and the same goes for South Carolina.

National Teen Driver Safety Week

We recently reported on the upcoming National Teen Driver Safety Week. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is hoping to raise awareness about the safety concerns facing teen drivers across the country. In addition to issues like driving under the influence and distracted driving, parents are also being asked to limit peer passengers to no more than one at a time. Additional teen passengers can increase the crash risk for new drivers. Finally, the importance of seatbelts can't be overstated when setting out rules for new drivers. Everybody, including passengers and parents, should be buckled up for every trip.

After a Crash Involving a Teen Driver

After any type of crash where another person's negligent, careless or willfully dangerous actions caused your injury, it's important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. As of Sunday night, at least three of the victims were still in critical condition, but there's no word on the extent of their injuries or their current conditions. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody involved in the crash speedy and full recoveries from their injuries.

October 2, 2014

Children Injured in School Bus Crash

On Wednesday morning, a school bus crash injured eight West Marion Elementary School students. The driver of a sedan crossed the centerline and struck the school bus head on. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the McDowell County collision happened at about 7:30 a.m. at Whitson's Curve.

The impact of the crash sent both vehicles off of the roadway, and the bus ended up in a ditch. Witnesses and emergency responders were swiftly on the scene assisting the children. The driver of the car, 40-year-old Randall Webb, was arrested and charged with DWI, although very few details have been released about the investigation.

Thankfully, none of the children's injuries were initially described as serious. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes all of the children speedy and full recoveries from their injuries.