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March 31, 2015

Teen Driving Safety in Asheville

Teen driving safety needs to be a top priority in Asheville and across the country. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Thankfully, most car accidents are totally preventable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of great tips for parents and teens, including safety guidelines, "5 to Drive" rules and educational content. Talking to teens about their risk factors behind the wheel and how to avoid preventable accidents is a great place to start.

Teen Driving Facts

• In 2011, about 2,650 teens, between the ages of 16 and 19, were killed in car crashes.
• Nearly 292,000 teens were treated in emergency rooms from car crashes in 2011.
• Teen drivers are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.
• When compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use.

Teen Driving Risk Factors

In addition to inexperience behind the wheel, teen drivers face a variety of risk factors behind the wheel. For example, the presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers. This risk actually increases with the number of teen passengers. The NHTSA has a Five Rules to Drive campaign aimed at raising awareness about risk factors for teen drivers. They encourage parents to speak with their teen drivers about the "5 to Drive," and to hold them accountable with Parent-Teen Driving Contracts.

5 to Drive

1. No Cell phones
2. No Extra Passengers
3. No Speeding
4. No Alcohol
5. Always Buckle Up

After an Accident Involving a Teen Driver

It's a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer after any kind of car accident. Crashes involving teen drivers could have a variety of factors involved. Whether it was a case of texting while driving, speeding or too many teen passengers, your lawyer can stay on top of investigative details.

If you or somebody you love has been injured in a car accident involving a teen driver, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

March 26, 2015

Fatal Wreck in Asheville

On Tuesday, a crash on New Leicester Highway took the life of one man and sent two others to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 2:30 p.m., between Oak Hill and Heritage Drive. Apparently, 23-year-old Devon Aaron Forester pulled out of the parking lot of Hot Spot and into the path of a delivery truck. Although the truck driver attempted to avoid the car by swerving, he struck Forester's vehicle.

Forester was killed in the crash and his passenger suffered from serious injuries. Additionally, the truck driver was also injured in the crash. Crews had to close New Leicester Highway for a few hours as they worked the scene.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Forester and wishes the injured victims speedy and full recoveries.

March 12, 2015

Teen in Serious Condition After Crash

On Monday evening, a teen was seriously injured in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver in Anderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Breyona Williams had to be air lifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital from the crash scene on Highway 76 in Pendleton. Williams left the Dairy Queen in Pendleton sometime around 8:30 p.m., just before the wreck. She only got a few miles down the road when her car and 52-year-old Ted Arrowood's truck collided.

At this time, the crash is still under investigation with law enforcement officers. Arrowood was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. There's no word on Williams' current condition or the extent of her injuries, but at the most recent report, she was fighting for her life.

The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Williams a full and swift recovery from her injuries.

March 10, 2015

Injury Crash on I-26

A crash in Polk County is reminding drivers about the importance of observing all signs and signals on the roadway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened midday on Tuesday. Apparently, a driver cut through an area that's designated for official use only. The driver of a Chevrolet Impala attempted to turn left through an official-use only access way and collided with a Jeep Liberty headed east on I-26. The Jeep overturned and rolled several times.

Three People Injured in I-26 Crash

At least one person was taken to Mission Hospital, and two others were taken to Pardee Hospital. Law enforcement officers want to remind drivers that the cut-throughs are for official vehicles, emergency response vehicles and other first responders on official duty only. While it may look like a tempting short cut, it's an unsafe and unlawful idea. Traditional motorists don't have the skills or training to comprehend the speed of oncoming traffic in these areas, so it makes using this type of cut-through dangerous, or even deadly.

North Carolina Car Crash Facts

• In 2012, 1,262 people were killed in car crashes in North Carolina.
• 110,406 people were injured in crashes in North Carolina that year.
• Nearly one-third of all crash fatalities in North Carolina were related to speeding.
• 160 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2012.
• Between 2011 and 2012, there was an 18.9 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities across the state.
• In 2012, 23.2 percent of crashes in North Carolina involved distracted drivers.

After an Injury Crash in Asheville

Although at the time of the news report, none of the injuries were considered to be life threatening, there's no word on the extent of injuries involved or the current conditions of the victims. The driver that turned at the access point has been cited for careless and reckless driving. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes full and speedy recoveries for everybody who was injured in the crash.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to somebody else's reckless or careless driving, contact our skilled legal team today at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

March 5, 2015

Multiple Wrecks on I-40

On Thursday morning, there were multiple wrecks on the same stretch of I-40 in Candler. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, two crashes happened back-to-back just around 10:00 a.m., near mile marker 38. Witness reports indicate that the driver in the initial wreck may have hydroplaned before her car flipped and rolled over multiple times.

Although injured, she was able to walk away from the scene. Very few details have been released about the second crash, but first responders said speed could have been a factor in either crash. If people are driving too fast for conditions, they're putting their lives and the lives of other roadway users at risk.

Fire and rescue officials are calling on drivers to slow down on wet roads and when they see crews working scenes. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 today.

March 3, 2015

Impaired Driving Studies by NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just issued the results of two drunk driving studies. Apparently, while drunk driving crashes have declined, there has been an increase in drugged driving across the U.S. The NHTSA has been working hard over the past few decades to increase the awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, and it shows. Unfortunately, there has been less of an emphasis on the dangers of drug use behind the wheel.

The Research

The NHTSA reports that one particular study, the Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers, found that the number of alcohol-impaired drivers has declined by nearly one-third since 2007. They also found that in a 2014 survey, at least one in four drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could affect safety behind the wheel. They also report that the number of weekend nighttime drivers with evidence of drugs in their system climbed from 16.3 percent in 2007 to 20 percent in 2014. Drivers with marijuana in their systems grew by almost 50 percent.

Using Drugs Behind the Wheel

Although illegal illicit drugs may be the first example to come to mind when you think about drug use behind the wheel, a number of totally legal prescription and over-the-counter medications can also be dangerous for drivers. From illegal drugs like marijuana and cocaine, to certain legally prescribed or over-the-counter pain or allergy medications, driving drug impaired puts everybody on the road in great danger. If you're not sure if a medication you're taking is dangerous behind the wheel, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Have You Been Injured by a Drunk or Drugged Driver?

After a crash involving a drunk or drug-impaired driver, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You might be in the hospital and out of work for who knows how long. Not only will you have medical bills piling up, as a primary or secondary breadwinner, you could be taking an extended unpaid leave of absence from your job. Rather than trying to figure out all by yourself how you're going to make ends meet, let your lawyer be your advocate.

Contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation today.

February 24, 2015

Asheville Icy Weather Crashes

Crashes are being reported in and around Asheville this morning. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, multiple wrecks were reported all over the region. At least one collision involved as many as three automobiles. Injuries were reported, but very few details about the multi-car crash were released. There's no word on those victims' current conditions. A crash involving an Asheville Police Officer occurred on Long Shoals Road at CP&L Drive, near Ingles. Portions of the roadway had to be closed as crews worked the scene. There was no information about when the road was going to be open again.

If Possible, Stay Home

Law enforcement officials were calling on citizens to stay home, if possible. Roadways in and around the region are covered in snow and ice, and travel is not advised. Keeping the roadways open for emergency response vehicles needs to be a top priority too. As snow continues to fall, first responders are likely expecting to see additional collisions on the icy roadways. If you do have to travel during poor weather conditions, there are ways to improve safety.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

In January, we reported on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) Winter Weather Driving Tips. Officials with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are also calling on motorists to exercise safe driving habits during inclement weather. Safercar.gov also offers some great tips for driving safe in bad weather. In addition to safe driving tips, they also offer information on how to make sure your car is road-ready when the weather hits.

After a Car Accident in Asheville

After any kind of car accident caused by somebody else's negligence, it's important to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Whether somebody was driving too fast for conditions or didn't properly maintain their automobile, a laywer can be your advocate as you deal with insurance companies and try to get your life back together.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident during icy weather, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation today.

February 19, 2015

Highway Patrol Winter Driving Safety Tips

Earlier this week, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol issued a press released regarding winter weather driving safety across the state. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 reported on the wintry conditions facing drivers this week. Officials with the CHP are asking citizens to avoid travel, when possible. If you have to get behind the wheel, the CHP has a few tips for increasing safety.

Winter Weather Roadway Safety Tips

• Decrease speed
• Buckle up
• Increase distance between vehicles
• Use caution on bridges and overpasses
• Clear all windows before driving
• Allow extra time for delays

If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck due to somebody else's dangerous, negligent or careless behavior behind the wheel, contact the skilled lawyers at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

February 17, 2015

First Responder Killed in SC

On Sunday evening, a firefighter was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Anderson County, South Carolina. The Sandy Springs firefighter was responding to a crash scene at the time of the wreck. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 9:00 p.m. The Sandy Springs firefighter was working a crash scene on US 76 when a suspected drunk driver struck and killed him. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports that 64-year-old Charles Pickens was headed west on US 76 and went around emergency equipment when he struck the first responder.

Hit-and-Run Driver in South Carolina

The driver initially left the scene of the crime, but he was later picked up at his home. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 also reports that he has been charged with felony driving under the influence (DUI) involving death and leaving the scene of the crash. The entire Sandy Springs community is mourning the loss of the local first responder.

Driving Under the Influence Accidents

When drivers are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they're putting everybody on the road at great risk for injury or death. Even certain prescription and over-the-counter medications can impair a driver's ability to safely navigate the roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is aimed at raising awareness about not only the physical dangers of drunk driving, but also the economic damages and direct legal consequences involved with a DUI.

Move Over, It's The Law

North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as many other states, have "Move Over" laws, which require drivers to move over or slow down for emergency responders and road workers on the side of the road. These laws are designed to keep public service officials, first responders and other roadway employees and workers safe. In North Carolina, drivers are required to move over one lane for flashing lights. If you're unable to move over, you have to reduce your speed. This law also extends to the flashing amber lights of road service vehicles too.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to the family members, friends and coworkers of the deceased firefighter.

February 12, 2015

Fatal Crash in Spartanburg

A multi-car crash on Intestate 85 took the lives of four people on Wednesday. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 11:00 p.m. near mile marker 67, close to Wellford. Apparently, somebody was driving the wrong way down a northbound lane.

At least six vehicles were involved in the crash that took four lives. The wrong-way driver was one of the people killed in the crash. Very few details have been released, but we do know that several other people were transported to the hospital for treatment of injures.

At this time, there's no word on the extent of injuries involved, how many people were injured or their current conditions. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased victims and wishes speedy and full recoveries for those who were injured.

February 5, 2015

Over 200,000 Jeeps Recalled

Approximately 230,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees are being recalled this week due to defective airbags. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, under certain circumstances, the airbags can deploy inappropriately, without a crash happening.

This is reportedly a software problem that will be fixed, so the airbags will be less likely to deploy in the absence of a crash. Models being recalled are from 2014 and 2015. Jeep owners can take their automobiles to local dealerships for the software upgrade. An additional 2 million vehicles are also being recalled at this time for similar airbag problems.

You can check the recall status of your vehicle using the VIN Look-up Tool at Safercar.gov. If you have been injured in a crash involving a defective auto part, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

January 29, 2015

Multiple Crashes on I-26

On Wednesday morning, three separate crashes happened on I-26 in South Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the initial wreck was a rollover crash involving a truck. The first crash happened just after 8:00 a.m., near Exit 33 to Brevard Road. The driver of the truck was ejected, when the vehicle rolled over. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of a severe head injury.

There were at least two other wrecks in the area following the initial crash. Very few details have been released about the crashes, which are likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. Traffic was backed up for hours as crews worked the scenes. At this time, there's no word on the truck driver's condition.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes the victims full and speedy recoveries from their injuries.

January 27, 2015

NHTSA's Winter Weather Driving Tips

With the weather conditions quickly deteriorating, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has some important driving tips for safely navigating wintery roadways. Although many drivers in Asheville consider themselves seasoned and savvy winter weather drivers, icy roads and distracted or inexperienced drivers can be a recipe for disaster.

When You Can, Stay Home

The NHTSA encourages drivers to stay home, if possible. Unfortunately, you can't protect yourself in every possible situation, even if you are a good winter weather driver. There are still going to be inexperienced or dangerous drivers taking to the roadways in bad weather, putting other motorists and themselves at great risk. If you can't stay off of the roadways in poor weather conditions, the NHTSA has a few tips to help you get where you're going safely.

NHTSA's Winter Weather Safe Driving Tips

• Before leaving, clear snow and ice from windows, windshields and lights.
• Always buckle up, and make sure children are in age and size appropriate child safety seats.
• Drive slowly.
• Don't text behind the wheel.
• Focus on the road.
• Know your brakes.

When You're in Trouble

You should know what kind of brakes you have. If you have antilock breaks, apply firm continuous pressure. If you don't have antilock brakes, pump them gently. If you're car is skidding, try to remain calm. The NHTSA recommends easing your foot off of the gas carefully, while steering in the direction you want the front of your automobile to go. Stay off of the pedals until you regain control of the vehicle.

If You're Stranded

• Stay with your car and don't overexert yourself.
• Put bright markers on the antenna and windows.
• Leave the interior dome light on.
• To avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide, don't run your car for long periods of time with the windows up.

Car Accidents in Asheville

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving icy roads or winter weather, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today, and stay abreast of the latest weather conditions with WLOS ABC News Channel 13. If you have to travel, slow down and drive safely.

January 22, 2015

Teen Killed in One-Car Greenville Crash

On Wednesday morning, a Landrum High School student was killed in a one-car crash on Highway 11. The incident happened at about 7:30 a.m. on Highway 11. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, 17-year-old Jordan Powell was on his way to school when he over-corrected his Honda Civic and drove off of the side of the road.

Powell was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and he was ejected from the vehicle. He died on the scene. Classmates visited the site of the crash to reflect on the wreck and the loss of their friend.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Jordan Powell's family members, friends, classmates and football teammates.

January 20, 2015

Fatal Crash on I-40

Early Sunday morning, a single-car crash on I-40 killed one person and injured another in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the eastbound lane near mile marker 48, near the Farmer's Market. For currently unknown reasons, the 2000 Chevy Camaro left the roadway and struck a patch of trees. The 29-year-old driver, Andrew Anderson of Weaverville, was killed in the crash. The passenger, 33-year-old Alan Morgan of Etowah, was injured in the crash.

Fatal Crash Under Investigation

At this time, there's no word on why the car left the roadway. Additionally, there's no word on Morgan's condition, but his injuries were initially described as non-life threatening. As of Monday morning, the crash was still under investigation with the Asheville Police Department's Traffic Safety Unit. At that time, no charges had been filed in the case.

DOT's 2013 Traffic Fatality Numbers

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release regarding the number of roadway crash fatalities in 2013. There's good news. Fatality rates are at a historic low. They have declined nearly 25 percent over the past decade. Additionally, there was a 3.1 percent decrease in traffic crash fatalities in 2013 from 2012.

2013 Traffic Crash Facts

• In 2013, 32,719 people were killed in traffic crashes across the nation.
• The number of injuries in traffic crashes declined by 2.1 percent from 2012 to 2013.
• Pedestrian fatalities increased by 1.2 percent, the highest since 2006.
• An estimated 424,000 people were injured in distraction-related crashes in 2013.

After a Car Accident

After any kind of car accident, it's a good idea to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney. A lawyer can stay on top of official investigative details and be your family's advocate during a difficult time. Whether you've lost a loved one in a semi truck crash or a distracted driver has injured you, an experienced lawyer can be an indispensable asset.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Andrew Anderson and wishes Alan Morgan a full and speedy recovery from his injuries.