June 6, 2014

Semi Truck Wreck on I-26

On Wednesday morning, a wreck involving a tractor trailer sent three people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, at about 9:30 a.m., an 18-wheeler was traveling too fast downhill on I-26 near the Saluda exit, when one of its wheels went off of the roadway. The driver over-corrected, the load shifted and the truck overturned, striking a car in the process.

Two people from the semi truck and one person from the other vehicle were transported to the hospital. The tractor trailer's load of ready-cook rice was spilled across the roadway too. First responders and crews were on the scene for hours, and all four lanes were finally opened again just before 5:00 p.m. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody speedy and full recoveries from their injuries.

June 3, 2014

Be TireWise This Summer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently launched their TireWise campaign which is aimed at providing consumers and retailers with important information about choosing the right tires and properly maintaining those tires. Since tire-related crashes are responsible for almost 200 fatalities each year, motorists are encouraged to become "TireWise." Being "TireWise" means knowing how to shop for the right tires for your vehicle, and also how to care for those tires to ensure many safe miles of service.

Tire Related Crashes in the U.S.

• Every year, U.S. drivers put almost 2,969 billion miles on their tires.
• On average, almost 200 people die in tire-related crashes each year.
• Each year, there are an estimated 11,000 tire-related wrecks across the country.

Purchasing and Maintaining Tires

Although it's absolutely imperative to get the right tires for your vehicle, it isn't enough to just buy them and forget about them. Tires need to be properly inflated and maintained for safe roadway travel. Poor tire maintenance, not having enough air in your tires, and failing to rotate and balance can lead to a dangerous blowout that can put you and other motorists on the road in danger. Tire pressure and tread wear should be checked regularly. As a bonus, properly inflated tires can save you money at the pump. Tires that aren't properly inflated can cost you as much as 11 cents per gallon on fuel. The NHTSA also reports that properly inflated tires can extend the average life of a tire by 4,700 miles.

After a Tire-Related Crash

After any type of crash, always take care of your immediate medical needs first. Once you've been evaluated and treated by a doctor, you can worry about the details. Whether you think faulty or improperly maintained tires may have been involved in your crash or not, it's a good idea to speak with an experienced injury attorney. An initial police report may not reflect an at-fault driver's improperly maintained tires as being the cause of a blowout or other tire-related malfunction. The skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. can conduct a more in-depth investigation to collect all the necessary evidence for your case.

May 30, 2014

Multiple Tractor Trailer Crashes on I-40

On Wednesday afternoon, parts of I-40 had to be shut down after multiple wrecks. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, there were two jackknifed semi trucks involved. The first crash happened at about 6:20 p.m. on I-40 West at the Crooked Creek Bridge. A big rig jackknifed, and a chain-reaction crash followed behind it.

Later, just before the Sugar Hill Road Exit, another semi-truck, this one hauling cars, jackknifed. At least five people were taken to McDowell Hospital from the crash at Crooked Creek Bridge. Very little information has been released on exactly how these wrecks happened, but heavy rain was reported in the area. Could it have been two separate cases of driving too fast for conditions? If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck involving a semi truck, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

May 28, 2014

Logging Truck Wreck on Highway 25

Last week, a logging truck and a fuel tanker nearly collided on Highway 25. The near-collision caused the logging truck to spill its contents across the roadway. Traffic was backed up for hours. The incident happened in Greenville, South Carolina on Highway 25 North. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the driver of the logging truck tried to go around a small trailer that was turning right off of the highway, but he didn't know that his left lane wasn't clear. There was a larger taker truck hauling ethanol in the other lane. He reportedly never hit his breaks, but did strike the smaller trailer rather than hit the large tanker truck. Enormous logs were spilled all over the roadway. Thankfully, he didn't hit the fully-loaded fuel tanker. The wreck could have been a lot worse.

Accidents Involving Logging Trucks

Like any other load, logs should always be properly secured. A safety checklist, published by Virginia Tech, encourages logging truck drivers to be "knights of the road." Courteous driving habits must always be practiced, because if logging trucks are involved in accidents, the results can be devastating. The importance of roadworthiness can't be overstated either. Logging trucks, like other commercial trucking vehicles, have to comply with a variety of federal rules and regulations to ensure public safety.

Volatile Fuels and Chemicals

Wrecks with semi trucks are dangerous enough, because of their size alone. Fuel tanker trucks are carrying especially dangerous contents, in the event of a wreck. Crashes involving fuel tanker trucks can create large explosions and fires which can be devastating and even deadly for those involved. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA's) Hazardous Materials Compliance Basic Factsheet offers a quick overview of regulations for motor carriers that transport hazardous materials like ethanol.

After a Wreck Involving a Tractor Trailer

After about three hours, the highway was opened for traffic. The logging truck driver was charged with driving too fast for conditions. Thankfully, no injuries were initially reported. A near-wreck involving a large fuel tanker and spilled logs could have been catastrophic. If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck involving a semi truck or tractor trailer, contact the experienced team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

May 16, 2014

One-Car Rollover Crash in Haywood County

On Wednesday afternoon, a one-car crash had traffic backed up on I-40 West in Haywood County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the automobile rolled over and ended up blocking the right lane. The wreck happened at about 4:00 p.m. close to the Tennessee state line. Very little information has been released about this crash, which only involved one vehicle.

There's no word on whether or not anybody was injured in the wreck. Additionally, there's no information on the cause of this one-car rollover crash which is likely still under investigation. Could distracted driving have been a factor? As of about 6:20 p.m., all lanes of I-40 were back open for drivers. If you or a loved one is injured by a distracted driver, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

May 14, 2014

Workers Injured by Gas Leak

On Monday, a huge gas leak injured at least three workers in Anderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the gas leak happened at a distribution center. Apparently, work crews were performing routine maintenance on a 27-inch main distribution line when it burst. Gas was reportedly shooting more than 100 feet in the air. Three workers were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Emergency responders were swiftly on the scene pouring a foam blanket over the area. Thankfully, they were able to prevent the further danger of a possible explosion. Anderson County citizens within a half mile of the leak were asked to take shelter in place while first responders contained the situation.

The Dangers of Gas Leaks and Explosions

Gas leaks and explosions can be incredibly dangerous and even fatal for victims. Severe burn injuries are often associated with gas explosions. The volatile gas can quickly ignite and explode. Deadly explosions can even happen in conditions when very little gasoline is involved. Not much information has been released on how the 27-inch gas main burst. The incident may still be under investigation. Anytime a gas main breaks, especially one that shoots gas 100 feet in the air, there is a potential for devastating and catastrophic injuries. Thankfully, first responders were able to contain the leak before an explosion happened.

The Aftermath of a Burn Injury

An estimated 450,000 burn injuries happened across the U.S. in 2013. Even seemingly minor fires can lead to devastating burn injuries. Victims may be facing multiple plastic surgeries and skin grafting procedures. Long lasting pain and scarring can often accompany a burn injury. Severe burn injuries may even damage muscle tissue below the skin. Victims of burn injuries are often facing extensive medical bills, lengthy rehabilitation programs and multiple surgical procedures. Fires and explosions can leave victims out of work and in the hospital.

When to Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured by a gas leak or explosion, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Although the workers' injuries were initially described as minor there's no word on their current conditions or the extent of their injuries. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes these workers speedy and fully recoveries.

May 9, 2014

Oversized Load and Lost Cargo on I-26

On Monday afternoon, a large truck hauling an oversized load lost its cargo on I-26. The incident happened just past the Long Shoals Road exit on I-26 West. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a mobile home that the truck was hauling slid of the trailer during transport. Traffic was delayed between the Fletcher exit and the Brevard Road exit until about 6:00 p.m.

WLOS News didn't report if any other vehicles were involved, but unsecured cargo can cause devastating wrecks. Drivers expect tractor trailer cargo to be secure. Drivers and commercial trucking companies have a specific rules and regulations to follow to ensure roadway safety for all motorists. If you or a loved one is injured in a crash involving a semi truck, contact the experienced team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

May 7, 2014

Fatal Motorcycle Wreck in Black Mountain

On Monday night, a crash involving an SUV took the life of a motorcycle rider in Black Mountain. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, the wreck happened at about 8:45 p.m. An SUV turned directly in front of a motorcycle. The SUV was attempting to get on I-40 East from Dunsmore Avenue. Later that night, the motorcycle rider, 28-year-old William Fox, died at Mission Hospital. WLOS News did report that charges were pending against the SUV driver.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Since 2000, motorcycle-related deaths have increased by 55 percent. Sadly, this tragic crash happened during the first week of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is hoping to raise awareness about the safety issues that motorcycle riders face on U.S. roadways. They are reminding motorists to "Share the Road" with motorcyclists and to be extra alert to help keep riders safe. Unfortunately, some drivers just fail to pay attention or check their blind spots before switching lanes or entering roadways.

Motorcycle Crash Facts

• In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in crashes.
• In 2010, 4,502 people were killed in motorcycle crashes.
• Motorcycle fatalities accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2012.
• 93,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2012.
• 81,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2011.
• Motorcycle crash-related injuries and deaths cost an estimated $12 billion a year.

After a Motorcycle Accident

Since motorcycle riders don't have the same safety features available to other motorists, crashes can be incredibly devastating or fatal. Riders don't have seatbelts, airbags or steel safety cages. Even riders who wear helmets can be terribly injured or killed. If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, it may be necessary to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney. A skilled lawyer can be your family's advocate during a difficult time. Family members need to focus on the grieving process, but that can be difficult with expensive medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and the pain and suffering that accompanies the loss of a loved one. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Mr. Fox.

May 1, 2014

Fatal Crash on I-26

On Tuesday, one person was killed in a wreck that happened on I-26, near the Long Shoals exit, in Asheville. The wreck happened just before 4:45 p.m. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, state troopers believe that alcohol was a contributing factor in this crash. Witness reports indicate that a Subaru was traveling at high speeds. The Subaru hit a pickup truck while trying to maneuver between the truck and a tractor trailer.

The car went out of control, hit an embankment and flipped multiple times. The driver, 51-year-old Daryl Mashburn of Arden, was pronounced dead at Mission Hospital. The passenger sustained injuries, but they were described as non-life threatening. Both the driver and the passenger were ejected from the vehicle. If you or a loved one is injured in a crash involving an impaired driver, contact the experienced team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

April 29, 2014

Mandatory Vehicle Back-up Cameras

Each week, at least 50 children are backed over by vehicles across the country. On average, two of those children die, and 48 are treated in hospital emergency rooms. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on the rear visibility technology that will be required in all new vehicles beginning in 2018. Mandatory rear visibility technology has been a priority of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a long time. Research shows that rear visibility technology can effectively save lives and reduce the number of backover crashes that happen each year. Backup cameras and sensors have been optional upgrades for a variety or larger trucks and SUV's for a couple of years, but in 2018 all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds will be outfitted with this technology.

Rear Visibility Technology

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) rule will ensure that all drivers of new cars, starting in 2018, have rear visibility technology that offers a 10-foot by 20-foot field of view directly behind the vehicle. There will also be a variety of requirements regarding image size, durability, deactivation, response time and linger time. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has stated that the U.S. DOT is committed to protecting children and seniors, who happen to be the two most vulnerable age groups as victims of backover crashes.

Backover Crashes by The Numbers

• On average, 210 fatalities are attributed to backover crashes each year.
• Children under the age of five account for 31 percent of all backover fatalities.
• Adults over the age of 70 account for 26 percent of backover fatalities.
• Additionally, about 15,000 injuries are caused by backover crashes every year.

After Any Kind of Accident

After any kind of car accident, always address your immediate medical needs first. Even seemingly minor crashes can leave victims with painful injuries. Once you've taken care of your health, it's a good idea to speak with an attorney. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the complexities of your case, while you get back to your normal life. Additionally, a lawyer can deal with pushy insurance companies and make sure you're getting treated fairly. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the skilled team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

April 24, 2014

Motorcycle Safety on the Blue Ridge Parkway

WLOS ABC Channel 13 News has recently reported on the important topic of motorcycle safety on the Blue Ridge Parkway. As warmer weather moves in, more motorcycle riders are taking to the beautiful roadway. Riders are encouraged to improve their safety with helmets, protective gear and high-visibility clothing. Most importantly, automobile drivers need to share the road with motorcycle riders.

Riders need plenty of room to maneuver around obstacles in the roadway. Additionally, it's not uncommon for drivers to report not seeing motorcycles prior to collisions, so drivers need to "look twice." If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the experienced team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

April 23, 2014

I-40 Tanker Truck Crash

On Monday afternoon, a tanker truck overturned on I-40 in Haywood County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened near mile marker six at about 3:00 p.m. For unknown reasons, the tanker truck, hauling sodium chlorite, overturned on the roadway. There is no word on whether or not any other vehicles were involved. I-40 had to be shut down as HAZMAT crews and officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation worked the scene. No information has been released on the cause of this wreck.

Tanker Truck Was Hauling Toxic Chemical

Sodium Chlorite is a toxic chemical, similar to bleach, that is corrosive. There was also some concern about people breathing in vapors at a nearby rest area. No injuries were immediately reported, but traffic was backed up for more than eight hours. Eastbound lanes were the first to reopen, but the right westbound lane wasn't open until 8:30 a.m. the following day.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), hazardous material shipments make up between four and eight percent of all shipments. This may seem like a relatively small number of shipments, but even one tanker wreck or spill can have an incredibly large impact on victims and communities. The PHMSA also reports that in 2013, North Carolina had 366 Hazmat incidents costing a total of $1,647,081 in damages.

After a Truck Accident

After any type of truck accident, victims need to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. It's not uncommon for tanker truck drivers to haul caustic, flammable and toxic chemicals. If tanker drivers aren't careful, everybody on the road is put at risk. Because the commercial trucking industry has additional rules and regulations to follow, you need an attorney with extensive truck accident litigation experience. An experienced lawyer can stay on top of official investigations and find out if truck drivers were violating any commercial trucking regulations at the time of the crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a semi truck or tanker truck, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

April 17, 2014

Activity Bus Wreck in Henderson County

Last week, a wreck involving an activity bus happened in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, the crash happened just after 9:00 a.m. on Asheville Highway. First responders with Mountain Home Fire Department were swiftly on the scene, since the crash happened close to their station. Apparently the activity bus, transporting children, rear-ended another vehicle.

No injuries were immediately reported, and WLOS ABC Channel 13 News described the wreck as minor. The children were picked up by an additional bus and taken back to school. Very little information has been released on how this crash could have happened. Also, there's no word on whether or not anybody was injured in the automobile that was rear ended. If you or your child is injured in a crash involving a school bus or daycare vehicle, contact the skilled team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

April 16, 2014

Operation Slow Down

It's no secret that speeding is a dangerous behavior behind the wheel, but motorists in North Carolina and across the U.S. are still driving too fast. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is cracking down on speeding offenders and other dangerous drivers this week. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, State Troopers are going to be out in full force cracking down on dangerous drivers. "Operation Slow Down" will run until Sunday, April 20th. State Troopers will be utilizing unmarked and marked patrol vehicles to catch speeders on highways and interstates across North Carolina. According to The Dispatch, over 19,581 citations were issued for a variety of traffic violations during last year's Operation Slow Down.

Speeding: Just the Facts

• In 2011, 9,944 people died in speeding-related crashes.
• In 2010, 10,508 people died in speeding-related crashes.
• Speed was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes in 2011.
• In 2011, 35 percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding.
• Only 13 percent of speeding-related fatalities happened on Interstate Highways in 2011.

The Dangers of Speeding

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that economic societal costs of speeding-related crashes are about $40.4 billion each year. Racing, driving too fast for conditions and exceeding posted speed limits are all forms of speeding which can injure or kill drivers and passenger vehicle occupants. Speed limits aren't posted to keep drivers from getting where they're going in a timely manner. They're posted to keep roadway users safe. Preventing fatal and injury-causing crashes in North Carolina needs to be a top priority for motorists. After all, speeding was listed as a contributing factor for nearly a third of all fatal crashes that happened in 2011.

When to Contact an Attorney

When drivers choose to exceed the speed limit, they're putting everybody on the road at great risk. Hopefully, Operation Slow Down will encourage drivers to obey posted signs and increase roadway safety across North Carolina. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident involving a speeding driver, contact the experienced team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

April 11, 2014

Fatal One-Car Crash in Mars Hill

On Tuesday morning, a crash in Mars Hill took the life of a paraplegic passenger. The car he was riding in was headed west on Bull Creek Road, when the driver reportedly fell asleep at the wheel. The car left the roadway and ended up in a ditch. Sadly, the victim, 24-year-old Wesley Coates, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. No other vehicles were involved in this wreck.

According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, this crash is still under investigation, but alcohol and speed don't appear to have been factors. The driver was treated for injuries on the scene. The team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Wesley Coates.