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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.

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Local and state law enforcement agencies will be participating in this year’s “Click It or Ticket” safety campaign. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Buncombe County has low seat belt usage rates when compared with statewide averages. Troopers will be out in full force for the holiday weekend making sure drivers are being safe and buckling up.

“Click It or Ticket” For Safety

In 2014, there were 21 deaths in traffic crashes in Buncombe County, and seven of those victims were unbuckled at the time of the crash. Buckling up, for every trip needs to be a top priority for drivers and passenger vehicle occupants this holiday weekend and all yearlong. Additionally, tickets for not wearing your seat belt or wearing it improperly can cost as much as $161.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

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Over the weekend, a woman was injured in a crash at a landfill in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at a solid waste convenience center at around noon on Saturday. Susan Riddle was dropping off her recycling when she was struck by an elderly diver and pinned against a guardrail. She was rushed to Mission Hospital for treatment of her injuries. She suffered from internal injuries and broken legs.

Elderly Driver Backs Into Henderson County Woman

Apparently, the elderly driver became confused behind the wheel and backed into her, when he thought his vehicle was in park. The force of the impact was so hard, that the metal guardrail was bent. Although very few details about the driver have been released, we do know that he was charged with reckless driving. At this time, landfill operators are reviewing the incident to determine if safety can be improved in this area. As of Monday, Riddle was listed in fair condition.

Elderly Driver Safety in Asheville
Elderly driver safety in and around the Asheville area is important for drivers, motorists and roadway users of all ages. If you have a loved one with age-related vision deterioration or cognitive and physical changes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has great resources for you. Their Drive Well Toolkit helps promote older driver safety and mobility. Many older drivers see their mobility as their independence and freedom, and officials with the NHTSA understand that this isn’t an easy subject for families to bring up, so there are also plenty of resources for ‘having the talk’ too.

What to do After an Accident Involving an Elderly Driver

After any type of car accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You could be facing expensive medical bills, a loss of income and a lengthy recovery from painful injuries. If you or somebody you love has been injured in an accident involving an elderly driver, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Susan Riddle a full and speedy recovery from her injuries.

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Authorities in Hendersonville are taking a look at the intersection where a deadly motorcycle crash happened on Tuesday. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Tuesday night’s fatal motorcycle crash isn’t the first of its kind at the intersection for Glover and Spartanburg Highway. Over the past two and a half years, there have been three fatal wrecks at this particular intersection.

Drivers in the area also report that this intersection is particularly dangerous. There is a fence on the left side of the roadway and a rail on the right side. Additionally, there’s also a hill just before the intersection, meaning that it’s possible to pull out into the intersection without realizing that there is fast moving oncoming traffic.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased motorcyclist, Lester Odail Espinoza Najera.

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Last week, a 16-year-old driver was arrested and charged for harassing bicyclists in Greenville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the investigation started with a few posts on the Greenville Spinners Bicycle Club Facebook page. Apparently, numerous cyclists reported having been harassed by a driver in Northern areas of the county. Upon investigation, law enforcement officials with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office found that the driver was a 16-year-old male in a Hyundai Tiburon.

Teen Driver Charged with Attempted Murder
In addition to verbally assaulting cyclists, the driver escalated to physical assaults including spitting, throwing drinks and even tossing lit fireworks at the riders. There were also attempts and threats to crash into the cyclists and efforts to cause them to crash. On April 10, the juvenile driver was charged and arrested for six counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault and battery 1st degree, two counts of assault and battery 3rd degree, two counts of throwing fireworks from a motor vehicle and 11 counts of taunting a bicycle.

U.S. Bicycle Crash Facts
• In 2012, 726 cyclists were killed in crashes across the nation.
• An additional 49,000 cyclists were injured in crashes.
• Cyclist deaths and injuries accounted for about two percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities and injuries during that year.
• In 2012, 682 cyclists were killed on U.S. roadways.

Share The Road
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of tips for increasing cyclist safety. In addition to never driving or riding distracted, riders and drivers are encouraged to Share The Road. Sharing the road means drivers and cyclists need to lookout for one another and show mutual respect. Drivers should remember that cyclists don’t have the same safety advantages as passenger in cars, so even seemingly minor crashes can send cyclists to the hospital or worse.

Keeping Cyclists in Asheville Safe
Cyclists are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups, and they are truly at the mercy of drivers on the roadway. At this time, at least 11 victims have come forward, but investigators suspect that there could be more. If a negligent or intentionally willful driver has injured you or somebody you love, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for an immediate free consultation.