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December 18, 2014

NHTSA's SaferRide Mobile App

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is hoping to reduce the number of injury-causing and fatal drunk driving crashes this holiday season and all year long. In addition to the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, they've recently released a mobile app to help deter drunk driving.

The SaferRide app is designed to help users find taxicabs or friends who can give them a ride home at the end of the night. The app uses the person's location to find a nearby safe ride home. At this time, the app is available for Android users on Google Play.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, contact the skilled personal injury team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free case consultation today.

December 16, 2014

Fatal Crash in Asheville

Last Monday afternoon, an elderly man was killed in a wreck on I-40. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the westbound lanes, sometime around noon, near exit 8. For currently unknown reasons, 82-year-old Russell Ellsworth Bly, turned into the path of an oncoming box truck. The box truck was traveling west on I-240, when Bly went to turn onto the roadway.

Although he was rushed to Mission Hospital, he succumbed to his injuries. Very few details have been released about this crash, and there's no word on whether or not the driver of the box truck suffered from any injuries. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Russell Ellsworth Bly.

November 24, 2014

Deadly Collision on Highway 9

On Friday afternoon, a head-on collision took the life of one woman and sent four children to the hospital. According to the Times News Online, the incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. For currently unknown reasons, 72-year-old Isabell Davis Laughter's car crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic near the Sunny View community and Garret Road. Her car struck a Ford SUV head on. She was killed in the crash, and the other driver suffered from a broken collarbone.

Two Children Airlifted to Hospital

Laughter was reportedly unbelted at the time of the wreck, and two of the four children in her car had to be airlifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of critical injuries. The other two children involved in the crash were transported to Spartanburg Regional Hospital. There is also some speculation that at least two of the minor passengers were unbuckled at the time of the crash. The roadway had to be closed for hours as first responders and crews worked the scene. Very few details have been released about this two-car crash, which is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

Buckle Up Your Giblets

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently trying to get the word out about their seatbelt safety campaign, "Buckling up Could Save Your Giblets." This holiday weekend and all year long, motorists and their passengers are being encouraged to buckle up. Using your seat belt for every trip, no matter how short, is the single most effective way to improve your safety in the event of a wreck. Unfortunately, one in seven adults still do not wear seat belts on every trip, even though seat belts reduce serious injuries and death in crashes by about 50 percent.

Recovering from a Head-On Collision

At this time, there's no word on the extent of injuries involved or the current conditions of the injured children. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Isabell Davis Laughter and wishes speedy and full recoveries to all of the recovering victims.

November 6, 2014

Texting and Driving in Asheville

WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on the distracted driving epidemic in Asheville. After AT&T released the disturbing results of a survey showing that 98 percent of drivers who text at least once a day, said they know texting while driving is dangerous, but 75 percent of them do it anyway.

Reporters went to a busy intersection in Asheville to get the scoop on local distracted driving behaviors. They saw about 10 texters in 10 minutes, and talked to local motorists about the impacts of distracted driving. Making a commitment to distraction-free driving is an important part of keeping roadways safe in Asheville and across the state.

There are even a variety of anti-distracted driving apps available. If a distracted driver has injured you or a loved one, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation today.

November 4, 2014

Teen Driver Crashes into Swannanoa River

On Saturday afternoon, a one-car crash in Buncombe County ended with a teen's car in the Swannanoa River. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident occurred near the 90 block of Thompson Street. The 19-year-old driver reportedly swerved to miss an oncoming car and then overcorrected, sending her vehicle into the river. She did sustain minor injuries, and she was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Car Crash Investigation in Buncombe County

At this time, very few details have been released about the crash. There's no word on what the other car involved was doing or why the teen driver had to swerve out of the way at the last minute. Could this have been a case of distracted driving? The cause of this crash is likely still under investigation with authorities.

National Teen Driver Safety Week

National Teen Driver Safety Week was from October 19 - 25, this year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publicized their annual campaign and also made a variety of educational materials available to teens and their parents. This issue is a top priority, because car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens across the U.S.

The Dangers Facing Teen Drivers

In September, we reported on the top five safety concerns for teen drivers. In addition to driver inexperience, teens have a variety of safety issues to be aware of or avoid behind the wheel. Many teen drivers and parents may not be aware that the addition of peer passengers in the car can greatly increase the risk for automobile accidents. Listed below are the top five safety concerns for teen drivers.

Dangers Facing Teens Behind the Wheel

• Drinking and driving
• Buckling up for every trip
• Distracted driving
• Speeding
• Having peer passengers in the car

Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are urging parents to talk to their teen drivers about issues like distracted and impaired driving. A driver's education class just isn't enough. Parents are also encouraged to make contracts with their kids to increase the likelihood of safe driving behaviors. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes the injured teen driver a quick and full recovery from her injuries.

October 28, 2014

7.8 Million Cars Recalled for Exploding Airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a recall on about 7.8 million vehicles due to defective airbags. The inflators on these airbags can actually explode under the right conditions. Not only will your airbag not protect you in the event of a crash, it might actually kill or seriously injure you. At least four deaths and a plethora of injuries have been linked with the faulty airbags. The airbags in question are in a variety of models from BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.

Defective, Dangerous and Deadly Takata Airbags

Although a faulty airbag may not that sound that scary to some motorists, the defective airbag in question has already been linked with four deaths. It's not that there is some minor defect making these airbags inflate poorly or improperly. The problem is that the inflators are exploding like miniature bombs. They are sending metal shrapnel at incredibly fast speeds directly toward the neck, chest, torso and facial regions of drivers and passengers.

What Took so Long?

Concerns involving the safety of these Takata airbags may have gone back to 2000, which leaves consumers wondering, what took so long? After the fiasco with the faulty GM ignition switches, it's not very surprising that this recall took so long. In March, we reported on the recall of 1.6 million cars made by manufacturer General Motors due to faulty ignition switches. Whether it's a faulty ignition switch or an exploding airbag, consumers have a right to know as soon as a safety issues is discovered.

When to Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

After any kind of car crash, it's a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If you suspect a faulty or defective part caused your crash, you need to file a complaint with the manufacturer and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It can take years for a recall to happen, so it's important to have concerns brought up and addressed as swiftly as possible. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident involving a faulty or defective part, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a case consultation today.

Automobiles being Recalled for Faulty Airbags

BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2000 - 2005 3 Series Sedan
2000 - 2006 3 Series Coupe
2000 - 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
2000 - 2006 3 Series Convertible
2001 - 2006 M3 Coupe
2001 - 2006 M3 Convertible

Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2003 - 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
2005 - 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
2006 - 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
2006 - 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
2008 - Dodge Ram 5500
2005 - 2008 Dodge Durango
2005 - 2008 Dodge Dakota
2005 - 2008 Chrysler 300
2007 - 2008 Chrysler Aspen

Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2004 - Ranger
2005 - 2006 GT
2005 - 2007 Mustang

General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles

2003 - 2005 Pontiac Vibe
2005 - Saab 9-2X

Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2001 - 2007 Honda Accord)
2001 - 2002 Honda Accord
2001 - 2005 Honda Civic
2002 - 2006 Honda CR-V
2003 - 2011 Honda Element
2002 - 2004 Honda Odyssey
2003 - 2007 Honda Pilot
2006 - Honda Ridgeline
2003 - 2006 Acura MDX
2002 - 2003 Acura TL/CL
2005 - Acura RL

Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2003 - 2007 Mazda6
2006 - 2007 MazdaSpeed6
2004 - 2008 Mazda RX-8
2004 - 2005 MPV
2004 - B-Series Truck

Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2004 - 2005 Lancer
2006 - 2007 Raider

Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2001 - 2003 Nissan Maxima
2001 - 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
2002 - 2004 Nissan Sentra
2001 - 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
2002 - 2003 Infiniti QX4
2003 - 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45

Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2003 - 2005 Baja
2003 - 2005 Legacy
2003 - 2005 Outback
2004 - 2005 Impreza

Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2002 - 2005 Lexus SC
2002 - 2005 Toyota Corolla
2003 - 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2002 - 2005 Toyota Sequoia
2003 - 2005 Toyota Tundra

October 22, 2014

Leaf Season Wrecks on Blue Ridge Parkway

An increase in car crashes on the Blue Ridge Parkway has law enforcement officials reminding motorists to drive safely while enjoying the fall scenery. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, this is one of the busiest seasons for the popular scenic roadway. There have been 19 crashes on the 469-mile stretch of road, and half of those wrecks happened in the Pisgah District. There is also some concern that drivers are looking at the leaves instead of focusing on the road.

Peak Traffic Season

Autumn, and October in particular, is one of the busiest seasons for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Drivers are out enjoying the wildlife, flowers, colors and scenery. This time of year is incredibly popular for motorcyclists too. Riders are trying to get in a few good cruises before the weather turns. In September, a well-known motorcyclist was killed in a crash on the Parkway. The wreck happened near mile post 394.

Distracted Driving and High Speeds

The Blue Ridge Parkway is intended to be driven at a leisurely pace, but many of the recent wrecks are being attributed to high speed and distracted driving. In many locations, the speed limit is 35 miles per hour, and this time of year, drivers are more distracted by what's outside of the vehicle than what's inside. Observing the fall colors has also been a factor in some of the recent Blue Ridge Parkway Crashes. Anything that takes a driver's attention away from the task of driving is considered a distraction. It's not exactly a smart phone, but looking at the beautiful scenery rather than the road still puts everybody in danger.

Safety on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Motorists are reminded to use designated overlook areas to enjoy the colors of the season. Don't take your eyes or mind off the wheel to observe the changing leaves. Watch the road, and wait for designated areas to enjoy the scenery. Always focus on the road, and enjoy the fall scenery when it is safe to pull over. If you or a loved one have been injured by a speeding or distracted driver on the Blue Ridge Parkway, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

October 14, 2014

Deadly Wrong-Way Crash in Henderson County

On Monday night, two people died in a wrong-way crash on I-26. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the Henderson County wreck happened at about 9:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes, near mile marker 50. Initial reports indicate that an elderly male driver was headed the wrong way and crashed into a pickup truck head on. First responders, crews and investigators were on the scene until about 11:00 p.m., and both drivers were killed in the crash.

There's no word on why the elderly driver was going the wrong direction. There is also no information on whether or not there were any passengers in either vehicle, or if anybody else was injured in the wreck. No names have been released, and the crash is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

Elderly Driver Safety in North Carolina

Although very little information has been released, elderly driver safety is becoming an increasingly important topic with an aging baby boomer population. Along with age comes a decline in vision, physical health and cognitive function. This means it is absolutely critical to ensure older drivers have all the tools necessary to safely navigate the roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has great online materials for helping families bring up the topic of safe driving with older loved ones.

Older "Drive Well Toolkit"

The NHTSA offers a helpful "Drive Well Toolkit" that is dedicated to promoting older driver safety and mobility in communities across the U.S. The toolkit gives families, loved ones, older drivers and concerned community members resources for improving roadway safety for older drivers and all other roadway users. Community building, older driver training events and education and advocacy material are all included in the Drive Well Toolkit for older drivers.

Older Driver Safety in Asheville

WLOS ABC News Channel 13 also recently reported on older driver health assessments in Asheville. An assessment can be scheduled with a local healthcare provider and can help give older drivers and their family members peace of mind about driving safety and limitations. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the two people who were killed in this terrible crash.

October 7, 2014

Six People Hospitalized after I-26 Crash

A rollover crash on I-26 that sent six people to the hospital is being blamed on driver inexperience. According to the Times-News, the 15-year-old driver was licensed in South Carolina and had some type of conditional or provisional license, also known as a "learner's permit." Apparently, the teen driver's vehicle drifted to the right shoulder of the road and hit a section of rumble strips. The driver then jerked the steering wheel and overcorrected the Mazda SUV. The vehicle flipped over on the roadway.

Two Juvenile Occupants Ejected from Car

All six occupants in the vehicle were hospitalized, and at least one of them had to be airlifted from the scene. Two unidentified juveniles were ejected from the vehicle, but thankfully they landed in the median away from the wreckage. There were apparently six people, including other children in the car that only had seats for five. It's important to note that learner's permits are only recognized in the state that they're issued in. A North Carolina learner's permit is only recognized in North Carolina, and the same goes for South Carolina.

National Teen Driver Safety Week

We recently reported on the upcoming National Teen Driver Safety Week. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is hoping to raise awareness about the safety concerns facing teen drivers across the country. In addition to issues like driving under the influence and distracted driving, parents are also being asked to limit peer passengers to no more than one at a time. Additional teen passengers can increase the crash risk for new drivers. Finally, the importance of seatbelts can't be overstated when setting out rules for new drivers. Everybody, including passengers and parents, should be buckled up for every trip.

After a Crash Involving a Teen Driver

After any type of crash where another person's negligent, careless or willfully dangerous actions caused your injury, it's important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. As of Sunday night, at least three of the victims were still in critical condition, but there's no word on the extent of their injuries or their current conditions. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody involved in the crash speedy and full recoveries from their injuries.

September 30, 2014

Teen Driver Safety Week 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is getting ready for National Teen Driver Safety Week, which is from October 19 - 25, this year. Since motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for teens ages 14 to 18, the NHTSA is making this issue a top priority. The NHTSA's "5 to Drive" rules are targeted at raising awareness about the five biggest issues facing teen drivers.

Safety Concerns Facing Teen Drivers

The NHTSA has singled out the top five safety concerns for teen drivers by analyzing data and statistics from car crashes involving teen drivers across the country. From drinking and driving to having too many passengers in the car, there are a variety of factors that can greatly increase a teen driver's (or passenger's) risk for being involved in an injury-causing or fatal accident.

Top Five Safety Concerns for Teens

1. Alcohol
2. Seat belts
3. Texting
4. Speeding
5. Passengers

Five to Drive

By addressing these safety concerns with teen drivers during dedicated conversations, parents can have a huge impact in their teen's safety behind the wheel. Although teens aren't legally allowed to consume alcohol, they're actually at a greater risk of death in alcohol-related crashes than drivers of any other age group. Teens should also be limited to no more than one peer passenger in their car at any time. Even seemingly small details can truly have a great impact on inexperienced drivers. The NHTSA offers parents a variety of resources for addressing these concerns, establishing the "5 to Drive" rules and entering into a safety contract with teen drivers.

Fatal Crash in Rutherford County

In August, we reported on a Rutherford County crash that took the life of a 15-year-old girl. The one-vehicle wreck happened when a teen driver reportedly lost control of his vehicle while negotiating a curve. Their truck left the roadway, flew down an embankment and hit several trees. Authorities did suspect excessive speed and driver inexperience to be factors.

What to do After a Crash

Inexperience and a variety of other factors can put teen drivers, passengers and other motorists on the roadway at a greater risk for injury-causing and fatal car accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in any kind of crash, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. can be reached at 866-397-2897.

September 25, 2014

Multiple Wrecks in Asheville

Traffic on I-26 and I-40 was backed up on Wednesday morning as crews worked to clear multiple crash scenes. At about 8:00 a.m. on I-40, two separate wrecks involving at least 10 cars sent three people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, lanes near the Sweeten Creek Road exit had to be closed until nearly 10:00 a.m. as crews worked the scenes.

On I-26, a dump truck reportedly rear-ended a small pickup truck near the Brevard Road exit. At least one person was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. At about 10:00 a.m., a crash involving an 18-wheeler on Sweeten Creek Road injured at least one person.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash due to somebody else's negligent, reckless or careless driving, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

September 18, 2014

Firefighter Killed in Franklin County Crash

On Tuesday afternoon, a tanker truck with Justice Rural Volunteer Fire Department overturned and took the life of a firefighter. The incident happened when the department was responding to a call near Louisburg. Fur currently unknown reasons, the tanker truck overturned. The driver was killed, and another firefighter was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

At this time, there's no information on how or why the tanker truck overturned. Additionally, there's no word on the extent of injuries sustained by the firefighter who was taken to the hospital, but he or she has since been released. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 reports that the initial call the department was responding to turned out to be a false alarm. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members, friends and coworkers of the firefighter who was killed in the crash.

September 17, 2014

Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash in Spartanburg

On Monday morning, a fatal hit-and-run crash happened on I-26 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 5:00 a.m., near mile marker 29, just south of Highway 221. For currently unknown reasons, a pickup truck trailing a golf cart lost control and crashed into a median on I-26. The two occupants in the vehicle were not buckled up and were ejected. The driver, 48-year-old Timothy Holden, landed in the median and was rushed to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

The passenger, 25-year-old Jemel Lawton Jr., was thrown into the westbound lane of I-26 and struck by a passing vehicle. The car didn't stop, and Lawton was pronounced dead on the scene. The cause of this crash is still under investigation, and investigative officials are trying to determine if Lawton was killed prior to being struck by the car or after.

Seat Belt Safety in the Carolinas

In 2012, 3,031 additional lives could have been saved if all unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants ages five years and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts across the country. Buckling up needs to be a top priority in North Carolina and across the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Click It or Ticket campaign is aimed at not only raising awareness about the economic costs of not buckling up, but also the very real dangers associated with being unrestrained in an automobile.

U.S. Seat Belt Usage Facts

• In 2012, an estimated 12,174 lives were saved due to seat belt use.
• From 2008 to 2012, seat belts saved an estimated 63,000 lives.
• In 2012, 10,335 unbuckled automobile occupants lost their lives in crashes.
• 62 percent of 18 to 34-year-old automobile occupants killed in crashes weren't wearing their seat belts in 2012.

At this time, law enforcement officials are still looking for the hit-and-run driver. They believe the perpetrator was driving a dark blue or black four-door Toyota Camry or Honda Accord with possible damage on the right front area or center area of the car. There's no word on the extent of Holden's injuries, but his condition was described as serious. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Jemel Lawton Jr. and wishes a full and speedy recovery to Timothy Holden.

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.