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September 10, 2014

Separate Fatal Crashes involving Asheville Citizens

Family members, loved ones, friends and coworkers are mourning the losses of two young men who were killed in car crashes last week. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 reports that Brandon Bridges, 19-years-old, was killed in a one-car cash on Saturday morning. For currently unknown reasons, his automobile left the roadway on Bear Creek Road and struck a tree. This fatal wreck happened just days after a fatal wreck in Henderson County that took the life of a 26-year-old man.

Fatal Henderson County Crash

Last week, we reported on the fatal crash in Henderson County. The collision involved a pickup truck that drifted across a centerline and struck a car, head on. The driver of the car, 26-year-old Robert Slater, was killed. Over the weekend, the unrelated, separate crash on Bear Creek Road also took the life of another Asheville citizen, 19-year-old Brandon Bridges. Almost unbelievably, the families of these two young men are connected through their jobs. The step father and father of the two victims both work at the same South Asheville shop, Rhino Linings.

At this time, there's still no word on what caused the pickup truck driver to drift over the centerline in the Highway 280 crash. The WLOS ABC News Channel 13 report did mention that the pickup truck driver's cell phone was found outside of the truck, and that it was confiscated as evidence to be examined.

Fatal Crashes in North Carolina

• From 2011 to 2012, reportable traffic crashes increased by 2.5 percent across the state.
• During that same one-year time period, traffic crash fatalities increased by 4.5 percent.
• Motorcyclist deaths increased by 14.3 percent.
• Cyclist deaths increased by 4.5 percent.
• Pedestrian deaths increased by 18.9 percent.

Improving Roadway Safety in North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) offers motorists a variety of tips for improving roadway safety. In addition to following all posted traffic signs and signals, motorists need to safely share the road with one another. Making a commitment to distraction-free driving is absolutely essential for keeping roads safe for fellow drivers, motorcycle riders, cyclists and pedestrians in Asheville and across the state. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members, friends and coworkers of Robert Slater and Brandon Bridges.

September 5, 2014

Fatal Crash in Henderson County

On Tuesday night, a crash on Highway 280 in Henderson County took the life of 26-year-old Robert Slater. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a pickup truck crossed the center lane of the highway and was headed for oncoming traffic. The truck hit a Honda going the other direction, head on.

Initial reports indicate that the cars involved were going about 50 miles per hour at the time of the collision. The driver of the pickup truck was taken to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. The driver of the Honda was killed. The crash is still under investigation, and charges are pending against the pickup truck driver.

Law enforcement officials did report that they plan on investigating whether or not distracted driving could have been a factor in this crash. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to family members and friends of Robert Slater.

August 27, 2014

Motorcyclist Killed in Wreck Involving Drunk Driver

On Monday night, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision involving a suspected drunk driver. The incident happened at about 9:30 p.m. in downtown Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, John Allan Zabriski, the driver of a 2004 Toyota pickup truck, was turning onto Woodfin Place from Charlotte Street, when he failed to yield the right-of-way to a motorcycle rider. The two vehicles collided, and the motorcyclist was killed.

Driving While Impaired

Zabriskie was arrested and charged with felony death by vehicle, DWI and making an unsafe movement. He was released after posting as $25,000 bond, and his court appearance is scheduled for October 9, 2014. Authorities have not yet released the name of the deceased motorcycle rider, because they are still trying to locate his out-of-state family members.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Facts

• In 2010, 4,502 people were killed in motorcycle crashes.
• In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in crashes.
• Since 2000, motorcycle crash deaths have increased by 55 percent.
• In medical care costs and productivity losses, motorcycle crash-related injuries and deaths cost $12 billion in one year.

Improving Motorcycle Safety

Most motorcycle riders are well aware of the importance of practicing safe riding techniques and improving their personal safety through the use of protective helmets, jackets, boots and other gear. Sadly, even with the latest and greatest safety equipment, motorcyclists can still become devastatingly injured or killed in crashes with drivers who aren't sharing the road. Distracted and impaired drivers can put motorcyclists and other vulnerable roadway users at great risk. Motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists don't have seat belts, steel cages and side-curtain air bags to keep them safe. They're counting on drivers to pay attention, drive sober and share the road.

After a Fatal Motorcycle Accident

After a fatal motorcycle accident, it's a good idea to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Surviving family members are often facing medical bills, funeral expenses, a loss of future income, loss of companionship and the pain and suffering that accompanies the loss of a loved one. Having an attorney on your side during this difficult time is absolutely critical. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased motorcyclist.

August 20, 2014

Improving Safety on Highway 74A

Last week, the Department of Transportation (DOT) began working on a two-mile section of Highway 74A to improve traction and safety in wet weather. This particular stretch of the highway is notorious for dangerous and fatal crashes. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the initial resurfacing project was only going to take a couple of days, but they won't be able to re-paint the lanes until the new surface hardens, which could take a few weeks.

DOT Doesn't Report any Problems

Although the DOT conducted skid tests with no reported problems, they've elected to add the new sticky surface on top of the blacktop highway for added protection. The resurfacing project most likely came about after numerous complaints from motorists and the deadly crash that took the life of a toddler last year. Drivers aren't complaining about the reduction in lanes or added traffic during the resurfacing project, because they're hoping this will help to improve traction and safety, especially in bad weather.

U.S. Highway Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there are more than 1,700 fatalities and 840,000 injuries due to crashes on public highways each year. Hopefully, this resurfacing project will help to improve safety for North Carolinians. Drivers are still encouraged to observe all speed limits and adjust their speed appropriately when the conditions call for it. The NHTSA also recommends properly choosing and maintaining tires to help you safely navigate the roadways. They urge motorists to check tread wear and tire pressure at least once a month to make sure your vehicle is safe for icy or wet conditions.

After a Car Accident

After any kind of car accident, it's absolutely essential to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Victims are often out of work and in the hospital. You need an advocate on your side to stay abreast of official investigations, deal with pushy insurance companies and make sure you get the compensation you deserve to get on with your life. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident because of somebody else's negligent, careless or reckless behavior, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a case consultation today.

August 13, 2014

Teen Killed in Rutherford County Crash

On Saturday afternoon, a crash on Big Island Road in Rutherford County took the life of a 15-year-old girl. This one-car crash happened when the driver apparently lost control of his vehicle while trying to negotiate a curve on Big Island Road. The truck ran off the roadway and went down an embankment. The vehicle hit several trees before it came to rest.

WLOS ABC News Channel 13 reports that the victim was a passenger in the truck which was being driven by a 16-year-old boy who recently got his driver's license. At this time, authorities are saying that excessive speed and inexperience were factors in this crash. Sadly, this is the second teen crash fatality in Rutherford County this year.

Teen Drivers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motor vehicle wrecks are the number one cause of death for children ages 14 to 18 years old. Sadly, nearly half of all teen drivers involved in crashes die. The NHTSA encourages parents to talk to their children about safety behind the wheel. Parents can find great resources at Safercar.gov's "5 to Drive" site. They offer great ways to start a dialogue about five important safety topics for teen drivers, including distracted driving, extra passengers, speeding, alcohol and seat belts usage.

Excessive Speed

Speed limits are posted to keep roadway users safe. On average, 1,000 people are killed in crashes involving high speed each month, across the country. The NHTSA reports that 32 percent of all drivers aged 15 to 24 years old involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the wreck. For drivers under the age of 21 involved in fatal crashes, 38 percent of male drivers were speeding and 24 percent of female drivers were speeding at the time of the crash.

The death of a community member can be incredibly devastating, but even more so when children and young adults lose their lives. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members, friends and classmates of the 15-year-old girl who lost her life in this wreck.

July 30, 2014

Fatal Crash in Candler

On Monday afternoon, a fatal crash in Candler took the life of 15-year-old Christopher Taylor. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the one-car collision happened at Reeves Cove Road. Law enforcement officials report that the driver, another teen, lost control of the vehicle, over corrected and then struck a tree. Taylor was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver was taken to the hospital and treated for injuries. No charges have been filed, but the wreck remains under investigation.

Taylor was a football player at Enka High School, and had attended a practice session earlier in the day. He was going to start his sophomore school year this fall. The school district will be providing crisis support personal and counseling services for any students or staff members that request them.

Teens Injured in Car Accidents

Although young people, ages 15-24 years old, only represent 14 percent of the population, they account for 30 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females.

U.S. Teen Driver Safety Facts

• In 2010, seven teens, ages 16 to 19 years old, died from motor vehicle wrecks each day.
• Per vehicle mile driven, teen drivers are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.
• In 2010, 2,700 teens, ages 16 to 19, were killed in car crashes.
• Nearly 282,000 teens were treated for injuries resulting from car accidents in 2010.

Risk Factors for Teen Drivers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that there are three risk factors which can greatly increase the risk for motor vehicle crashes involving teen drivers. Risk factors include newly licensed teens, male teen drivers and passengers and teens driving with teen passengers.

Teen Driver Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers teens and parents a variety of resources to improve teen driver safety. Their "Parents Central" area has in-depth information on some of the most common safety problems novice drivers are likely to face. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members, friends and classmates of Christopher Taylor.

July 24, 2014

Another Crash on I-26

Another crash involving an overturned vehicle happened on I-26. Earlier this week, we reported on the semi truck that overturned in Polk County. This time, the vehicle in question was a SUV. The incident happened at about 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, in the eastbound lanes, near the exit for Brevard Road. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, at least two people were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Very little information about this crash has been released.

There's no word on the cause of the wreck or whether or not any other vehicles were involved. Thankfully, emergency crews were quickly on the scene, and the injuries didn't appear to be life threatening. If you or a loved one is injured because of somebody else's reckless or negligent behavior behind the wheel, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A.

July 17, 2014

Moped Crash in East Flat Rock

Earlier this week, a crash involving a moped in East Flat Rock sent two people to the hospital. The collision happened on Spartanburg Highway (Highway 176), near the General Electric plant. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a Lincoln struck a moped sometime before 9:00 a.m. The Moped went flying into pared cars and caught fire. The Lincoln rolled down the street and struck a power pole.

The 24-year old moped rider, Christopher Jackson, was air lifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. There's no word on the extent of his injuries or his current condition. WLOS ABC News did report that the Lincoln was going about 80 miles per hour when it struck the moped. This wreck is still under investigation with law enforcement authorities. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Mr. Jackson a speedy and full recovery from his injuries.

July 10, 2014

Child Struck by Car on Highway 70

An 11-year-old boy is still in critical condition after being struck by a car on Highway 70 in McDowell County. The incident happened on Tuesday evening at about 8:00 p.m. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, a 15-year-old driver struck him. Reportedly, only the car's side view mirror struck him, but it was enough to send him to the hospital in critical condition.

Very few details have been released about this crash, but WLOS ABC News reports that the teen driver hasn't been charged with anything. Sadly, this wreck happens just a few weeks after two teens were struck on Barnardsville Highway, leaving one dead and one in the hospital. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes this young man a speedy and full recovery from his injuries.

July 8, 2014

DWI Crackdown in Asheville

Police officers in Ashville and Buncombe County deputies are working together on a joint task force in efforts to reduce alcohol-impaired accidents in the area. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Buncombe County has received a $700,000 grant to help stop drunk driving. Some of that money will fund a mobile breath alcohol testing unit to various checkpoints around the county.

Cracking Down on DWI's in Asheville

Cracking down on impaired drivers is an important part of keeping the community safe. When drivers get behind the wheel impaired, they're putting everybody on the road at great risk. WLOS ABC News reports that the DWI task force plans to use the grant money to set up checkpoints at least once a month in Buncombe County.

Drunk Driving: Just the Facts

• On average in 2012, one person was killed every 51 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the U.S.
• More than 10,000 people are killed each year in crashes involving impaired drivers.
• One in three traffic fatalities happens in an alcohol-impaired crash.
• Holiday weekends often bring a surge of impaired-driving crashes.
• Alcohol-impaired driving crashes cost an estimated $37 billion each year.
• Alcohol impairment among drivers is about four times higher during night time hours than daytime hours.

In the Hospital and Out of Work

Victims of any type of car accident are often in the hospital and out of work. Whether an impaired driver was at fault or a distracted driver, you're left in pain, out of work and with medical bills piling up. Car accident victims are often facing hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, property damage, lost wages and other out-of-pocket expenses, and insurance companies are notoriously slow at processing claims.

After an Accident Involving an Impaired Driver

After an accident involving a drunk driver, it's important to get into contact with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You might be in the hospital and out of work, but it will be necessary to stay abreast of official law enforcement investigations. On top of everything, you could be dealing with multiple pushy insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck involving a drunk driver in Asheville or Buncombe County, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 today for a free consultation.

July 4, 2014

Fatal High-Speed Chase in Hendersonville

Earlier this week, a high-speed chase in Hendersonville left one man dead and two other people in the hospital. The chase happened on Interstate 26, when troopers attempted to pull over a speeding vehicle. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, 48-year-old Allen Goodman of Florida took the troopers on a high-speed chase through Hendersonville.

The chase finally came to a halt when Goodman's car struck a pickup truck on Sugarloaf road. Witness reports indicate that there were screeching tires and a loud boom. Goodman was pronounced dead on the scene. The passenger in the pickup truck was air lifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital, and the driver was taken to Pardee Hospital. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a speeding or careless driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case.

July 2, 2014

Fatal Wreck in Hendersonville

On Sunday morning, a wreck on Highway 25 took the life of one person. The crash happened near Tuxedo, and the driver of the car has been charged with felony hit and run and DWI. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, Angel Diaz was driving when he lost control of his car and slid sideways into a guardrail. The impact killed the passenger, but Diaz didn't stop driving. He drove the damaged car north for about 10 miles before stopping on I-26, by the Upward Road Overpass. Diaz then fled the scene on foot and reportedly got into a friend's car. Authorities found his car with the body the passenger, Luiz Ruiz, inside.

Driver Held on $400,000 Bond

Trooper J.A. Nix arrested Diaz, and found him to have suffered from minor injuries in the wreck. He was booked, had his first court appearance and is being held under a $400,000 bond. According to WLOS ABC News, his next court date is July 15th. An updated news report said that additional charges are pending.

Impaired Driving: Just the Facts

• Nearly 30 people across the U.S. die in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers every day.
• In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers.
• Nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths involved an impaired driver in 2010.
• In 2010, more than 1.4 million people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics across the country.

When to Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer

If you have lost a loved one due to somebody else's criminal, negligent or careless behavior, you need to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Especially in cases where law enforcement agencies are involved, it's important to have a lawyer who can stay abreast of investigative developments. Surviving loved ones are often facing extensive medical bills, funeral expenses and a loss of future earnings. On top of everything, they are dealing with the irreplaceable loss of love and companionship of their departed loved one. An attorney can be your advocate during this painful and difficult time. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Luiz Ruiz.

June 25, 2014

Fatal Car Crash in Hendersonville

Last Friday, a car crash in Hendersonville left one person dead and three people in the hospital. The wreck happened at about 6:00 p.m. on Asheville Highway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a driver, turning out of Bay Breeze Seafood, pulled in front of a beer truck. Apparently, the beer truck struck the car, and pushed it into a third automobile that was traveling in the opposite lane. Cars were crunched together, and one vehicle was on its side.

One Dead and Four Injured

One driver was pronounced dead on the scene. The passenger from the initial car and two other people from the third automobile were swiftly transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. The driver of the beer truck was also reported to have suffered from minor injuries. There's no word on the condition of the injured victims or the extent of their injuries. Initial witness reports indicate that the beer truck driver may have tried to stop before striking the car. This terrible wreck is still under investigation with authorities.

Motor Vehicle Crash Facts

• Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
• Over 2.3 million adult drivers and passenger occupants were treated in emergency rooms due to car crashes in 2009.
• In 2012, 33,561 people died in motor vehicle crashes across the country.
• Car crash fatalities rose 3.3 percent from 2011 to 2012.
• In 2012, an estimated 2.36 million people were injured in traffic crashes.
• In 2011, 2.22 million people were injured in crashes.
• In 2012, motorcycle and pedestrian fatalities increased by seven and six percent, respectively.

What to do After a Crash

After any kind of car accident, you need to get your immediate medical needs addressed first. Your next priority should be speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney, especially if your accident was due to somebody else's negligent, reckless or careless behavior behind the wheel. A skilled lawyer can be your advocate and deal with pushy insurance companies. Don't expect to be in "good hands" just because you faithfully pay your monthly premiums. Insurance companies frequently look out for their own bottom lines, at the expense of their policy holders. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation.

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.