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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 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.

April 3, 2014

North Carolina is 10th Most Dangerous State for Cyclists

WLOS ABC Channel 13 News just reported on the disturbing fact that North Carolina was recently ranked the 10th most dangerous state or cyclists. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2011, North Carolina had 2.59 cyclist deaths per million people. Florida came in first place with 6.36 deaths per million people.

Cyclists in Asheville and across North Carolina are encouraged to take appropriate measures to increase their personal safety while cycling. Helmets, flashing lights and high-visibility clothing are three great ways to protect yourself while cycling the roadways. Unfortunately, even cyclists who take all possible safety precautions can still get struck by distracted, careless or impaired drivers. If you or a loved one is injured in a bicycle accident, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

April 1, 2014

Greenville Bans Distracted Driving

As of April 1st, distracted drivers who are caught in Greenville will be facing hefty fines. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on the new distracted driving ban in Greenville. Community concern prompted the ban which was passed on February 10th. Hands-free devices will still be allowed, but drivers should note that the ordinance says "The act of touching a mobile device, whether it is being hand held or not, to text message is never considered hands free."

The Fines

$100 for the first offense
$200 or the second offense
$300 for each subsequent offense that occurs in the same year
After the third offense, drivers can have their electronic devices seized and destroyed

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

This ban is just in time for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be publicizing their "U Drive. U Text. U Pay" campaign from April 7-15. This high-visibility campaign is aimed at raising awareness about not only the dangers of distracted driving, but also the financial costs associated with texting while driving.

Distracted Driving: Just the Facts

• Each day more than nine people are killed in distracted-driving crashes across the U.S.
• More than 1,060 people are injured in distracted-driving crashes across the U.S. each day.
• In 2010, nearly one in five injury-crashes involved a distracted driver.
• In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in distracted-driving crashes.
• In 2012, more than 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
• Approximately 421,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2012.

After a Crash Involving a Distracted Driver

Whether there is a distracted driving ban in effect or not, drivers who text behind the wheel are putting everybody on the road at risk. If you or a loved one is injured in a crash involving a distracted driver, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Distracted driving takes many forms too, so it may not always be immediately apparent that a driver was distracted at the time of a crash. A skilled attorney can stay abreast of official investigations and look after the rights of injured victims. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

March 28, 2014

One-Car Wreck in Haywood County

On Monday, 21-year-old Leah Worley's car wound up in a ditch off of US 276. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Worley was on her way to school when she hit a patch of black ice. Unable to keep her car on the roadway, the automobile flipped into a ditch. A witness saw the wreck and dialed 911.

With the assistance of first-responders on the scene, she was able to exit the overturned car. She was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Workers with the NCDOT were on the scene after the wreck, shoring-up the area where creek water seeped onto the roadway. Motorists are encouraged to practice safe winter-weather driving habits with the recent precipitation and below-freezing temperatures. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, PA for a free consultation today.

March 26, 2014

Pedestrian Critically Injured on Sunday Night

On Sunday night, a pedestrian was struck by a car and critically injured. The incident occurred at the intersection of Broadway Street and Campus Drive, by the rear entrance of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. At about 9:30 p.m., a pickup truck struck 47-year-old Paul Travis Schaible. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, the victim was listed in critical condition as of Monday afternoon. Additionally, this incident is still under investigation, and no charges have been made.
Pedestrian Crash Facts

• In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S.
• In 2011, 4,432 pedestrians were killed in crashes.
70,000 pedestrians were injured in crashes in 2010.
• Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.
• In 2010, nearly one in five children, between the ages of 5 and 9, who were killed in traffic crashes, was a pedestrian.
• On average, one pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in 2010.

Everyone is a Pedestrian

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) "Everybody is a Pedestrian" campaign is aimed at raising awareness about pedestrian safety. A variety of grants have been made available to fund educational and enforcement programs. The NHTSA offers great tips for increasing your safety while walking. There are even tips specifically aimed at keeping children safe on their way to and from school. Finally, the most important part of the campaign is truly recognizing that "Everybody is a Pedestrian." Pedestrians are still getting struck and killed even when they're using crosswalks, obeying signals and wearing high visibility clothing. Motorists need to be on the lookout for pedestrians and always share the roadway with other users.

After a Pedestrian Accident

If you or a pedestrian you love has been struck by a car, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today. A skilled attorney can stay on top of official investigations and get the ball rolling on your case. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Mr. Schaible a speedy and full recovery.

March 20, 2014

GM Recalls 1.6 Million Cars Due to Faulty Ignition Switches

According to CBS News, at least 12 deaths have been linked with faulty ignition switches in certain GM model cars. These ignition switches can unintentionally turn to the 'off' or 'accessories' position at unpredictable and inopportune times when motorists are driving. If this happens, the engine or electrical systems can shut off without warning, leaving drivers and passenger occupants in dangerous and potentially deadly situations.

Models Being Recalled Due to Faulty Ignition Switches

• 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 and Pontiac Pursuit
• 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
• 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
• 2005-2007 Pontiac Solstice
• 2007 Saturn Sky

If your car is one of the automobiles being recalled, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website recommends taking all of your keys and key chains off of the key when you start and drive your automobile, and getting the ignition switch repaired as soon as parts become available at your local service center. If you or a loved one is injured because of a faulty or defective part in your automobile, contact the Davis Law Group, P.A. for a consultation today.

March 19, 2014

I-40 Wreck in McDowell County

On Saturday night, a three-vehicle wreck sent at least two people to this hospital. The wreck happened at about 8:50 p.m. on I-40, near exit 75. Westbound lanes had to be closed or almost an hour while crews worked the scene. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, a dump truck hauling a cement mixer was struck from behind by a pickup truck as it was merging into westbound lanes. The pickup truck was then struck by an additional vehicle. At least two victims were taken to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. As of Monday, March 17th, the crash was still under investigation, and no information on potential charges was released. Additionally, there is no word on the condition of the victims or the extent of their injuries. WLOS ABC Channel 13 News did report that their injuries were described as non-life threatening on Saturday.

At this point, it seems clear that the driver of the pickup truck is liable for the collision with the dump truck. Most likely, the people in the pickup truck were the ones injured in this crash. If the passenger in the pickup truck was injured, then that person would have the right to make a claim against the pickup driver's insurance company. But what if the passenger was seriously injured? In that case, the pickup driver's insurance company should pay the policy limits. In North Carolina, the minimum limits of liability coverage are only $30,000. You can rack up more than $100,000 in medical bills with one orthopedic surgery and a 5 day hospital stay.

The point here is that you must protect yourself from drivers who have minimum limits liability coverage. How do you do that? You purchase Under-Insured Motorist Coverage (UIM) on your own auto insurance policy. Talk to your insurance agent, and get the most UIM coverage you can afford. At Davis Law Group, P.A., we see people each week who have been seriously injured in situations where the liability coverage is only $30,000. Unless these people have UIM coverage, then the most they will be able to recover for all of their damages, including medical bills, is $30,000. The absolute minimum UIM coverage we recommend is $100,000.

Car Accident Facts

• More than 30,000 people are killed in car crashes each year.
• Total crash-related death costs in North Carolina amount to $1.5 billion in a year.
• Motor vehicle wrecks are the leading cause of death in children, teens and young adults.

Improving Highway Safety in North Carolina

In January, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Governor's Highway Safety Program held their third annual Highway Safety Symposium. Over 600 law enforcement officers, district attorneys, magistrates and judges from across North Carolina gathered in hopes to improve highway safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in the state. Topics included bicycle and pedestrian issues, texting while driving and ignition interlocks among other safety issues.

When to Call an Attorney

After any wreck, you should always take care of your immediate health needs first. Whether you're transported from the scene or visit a hospital later, make sure to get medically evaluated after a crash. Even seemingly minor crashes can leave victims with painful after-effects. If you were injured in a crash due to another person's careless, negligent, distracted or impaired driving, you need to speak with a skilled lawyer sooner than later. An attorney can get the ball rolling on your case, and help you deal with pushy insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or truck accident, contact the experienced team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

March 14, 2014

Multiple Crashes in Asheville on Thursday Morning

There were multiple crashes in and around Asheville on Thursday morning. Traffic was backed up in a variety of locations. Additionally, the morning commute was further delayed by the poor weather conditions. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, power lines were down on Sugarloaf Rd near Highway 280. Also, a three-vehicle wreck happened on Hendersonville road at Caribou road.

First responders with the Asheville Police Department were working multiple scenes this morning. There was even a crash involving an 18-wheeler in Haywood County. The wreck happened near 18-MM westbound, in the Gorge. Dispatchers were letting motorists know that they could take I-26 to I-81 as a detour if travelling west. No injuries were immediately reported in the crash involving the semi truck, but very few details have been released on the crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or truck accident, contact the experienced team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

March 11, 2014

Overturned Tractor Trailer on NC 226

On Monday, a semi truck overturned on NC 226, also known as Coxes Creek Road. The 18-wheeler was hauling a mobile home at the time of the crash. The roadway was shut down for hours as crews worked on the scene of this McDowell County wreck. Motorists were diverted on detours through NC 226A and NC 221 North. At least two people were injured as a result of the crash.

At Least Two People Injured in NC 226 18-Wheeler Crash

According to WLOS ABC 13 News, one victim was taken to Blue Ridge Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, and a second victim was airlifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Very little information has been released about this crash which is likely still under investigation. There is no word on what caused the 18-wheeler to overturn in the roadway. Additionally, there is no information on the condition of the two victims involved in this collision.

Large Truck Crash Causation Study

When a semi truck overturns and results in an injury-causing wreck, it's absolutely critical to find out why and how it happened. In 2007, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the results of a Large Truck Crash Causation Study. Half of the collisions studied involved passenger vehicles. The study found that for crashes involving both large trucks and passenger vehicles, there was a statistically significant link between the 10 factors listed below for both the trucks and passenger vehicles.

Associated Factors for Large Truck Crashes Involving Passenger Vehicles

1. Interruption of traffic flow
2. Roadway unfamiliarity
3. Inadequate surveillance
4. Driving too fast for conditions
5. Illegal maneuver
6. Inattention
7. Fatigue
8. Illness
9. False assumption of other road user's actions
10. Distraction by object or person in the vehicle

Commercial Truck Accidents in North Carolina

Crashes involving commercial trucks can leave victims in the hospital and out of work. Since the trucking industry has a variety of additional laws and regulations to follow, it's a good idea to contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible if you have been injured in a crash. The experienced team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. can answer your questions and make sure you're on the right track for getting the compensation you deserve after an accident involving an 18-wheeler.

March 7, 2014

School Bus Crash in Buncombe County

Last Friday afternoon, a Buncombe County school bus struck a car. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, there were three children on the bus at the time of the crash. The bus was on Blake Drive, and it struck a car coming out of the Royal Pines community.

Authorities stated that the car was seriously damaged. Very little information has been released on the cause of this crash or the extent of the driver's injuries. Channel 13 said that no charges had been filed, but the wreck was still under investigation. Anytime a crash involves a school bus, making sure the children are okay is the top priority. Even though school buses are designed to be safer than traditional passenger occupant vehicles, children can still get hurt in crashes. If you or a loved one is injured in a crash involving a school bus, contact the skilled team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation.

October 11, 2012

Teen Drivers Can Create Serious Liability For Parents

teen driver 1.jpgEvery so often, we have to do things that we would rather not do, if we had the option. For me, going to the dentist every six months to get my teeth cleaned falls into this category. During my dental visit yesterday, my hygienist told me about her son who just turned sixteen. "He now has his driver's license, and we bought him a Jeep," she told me with some anxiety in her voice. Having younger children myself, this peeked my curiosity.

She went on to tell me that they had titled the Jeep in her and her husband's name and added the son to their car insurance policy. At this point, the lawyer in me came alive. "Do you understand that if he gets into a wreck and hurts someone, you could get sued," I asked? She looked surprised, and said, "you've got to be kidding? How?"

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June 8, 2012

CDC Study Confirms Suspicions About Teen Texting While Driving

texting-while-driving 6-8-12.jpg The recently released results from a study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) establishes what most safety experts had already suspected: teenagers are still texting while driving, despite knowing the risks.

The study found that one-third of high school students admitted they had texted or emailed while driving within the previous 30 days. The study gathered information from approximately 15,000 high school student across the United States.

High school seniors reported the highest percentage of the dangerous activity. About 43 percent of 11th graders and 58 percent of 12th graders admitted texting or emailing while driving in the 30 days prior to the study.

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November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Safety Tips For Those On The Roads

When you are speeding and not paying attention on a busy city thoroughfare, bad things can happen. Yesterday in Charlotte, a reckless driver caused a serious 5 car pile-up. When the driver of a Mercedes Benz sped down W.T. Harris Boulevard, which is a four lane highway, it ran another car off the road and then into another vehicle.

After the initial collision, the Mercedes flipped over onto its top and slid approximately 300 feet where it smashed into another car and an SUV. The Mercedes was destroyed.

Fireman responded to the crash very quickly. One person was pinned in their vehicle, and emergency workers had to cut that person out of their car. That person and three others involved in the collisions suffered injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

Careless and reckless driving charges will most likely be filed against the driver of the Mercedes. Police did not disclose what caused the initial collision.

Please read the Thanksgiving Safe Driving Tips below:

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April 6, 2011

Consumer Reports Finds Young Adults Texting While Driving

texting-while-driving.jpgA sobering study by Consumer Reports regarding mobile device use for drivers under the age of 30 recently found that of those surveyed:

63% used a cell phone while driving in the last 30 days;

30% texted while driving in the past 30 days;

Only 36 % were very concerned with distracted driving;

Only 30% thought using a cell phone while driving was very dangerous; and

58% saw a dangerous situation because of distracted driving in the last 30 days.

Consumer Reports released this data just as it is beginning a joint public services campaign with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The campaign aims to bring awareness of the dangers of distracted driving to young people.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, distracted driving injured almost half a million people in 2009, and killed nearly 5,500. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that dialing a phone makes it six times more likely to get into an accident, while texting while driving multiplies the chance of an accident by 23.

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