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.

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.