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May 21, 2015

Seat Belt Use in Buncombe County

Local and state law enforcement agencies will be participating in this year's "Click It or Ticket" safety campaign. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Buncombe County has low seat belt usage rates when compared with statewide averages. Troopers will be out in full force for the holiday weekend making sure drivers are being safe and buckling up.

"Click It or Ticket" For Safety

In 2014, there were 21 deaths in traffic crashes in Buncombe County, and seven of those victims were unbuckled at the time of the crash. Buckling up, for every trip needs to be a top priority for drivers and passenger vehicle occupants this holiday weekend and all yearlong. Additionally, tickets for not wearing your seat belt or wearing it improperly can cost as much as $161.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

May 12, 2015

Woman Injured by Elderly Driver

Over the weekend, a woman was injured in a crash at a landfill in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at a solid waste convenience center at around noon on Saturday. Susan Riddle was dropping off her recycling when she was struck by an elderly diver and pinned against a guardrail. She was rushed to Mission Hospital for treatment of her injuries. She suffered from internal injuries and broken legs.

Elderly Driver Backs Into Henderson County Woman

Apparently, the elderly driver became confused behind the wheel and backed into her, when he thought his vehicle was in park. The force of the impact was so hard, that the metal guardrail was bent. Although very few details about the driver have been released, we do know that he was charged with reckless driving. At this time, landfill operators are reviewing the incident to determine if safety can be improved in this area. As of Monday, Riddle was listed in fair condition.

Elderly Driver Safety in Asheville

Elderly driver safety in and around the Asheville area is important for drivers, motorists and roadway users of all ages. If you have a loved one with age-related vision deterioration or cognitive and physical changes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has great resources for you. Their Drive Well Toolkit helps promote older driver safety and mobility. Many older drivers see their mobility as their independence and freedom, and officials with the NHTSA understand that this isn't an easy subject for families to bring up, so there are also plenty of resources for 'having the talk' too.

What to do After an Accident Involving an Elderly Driver

After any type of car accident, it's a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You could be facing expensive medical bills, a loss of income and a lengthy recovery from painful injuries. If you or somebody you love has been injured in an accident involving an elderly driver, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Susan Riddle a full and speedy recovery from her injuries.

April 14, 2015

Senior Driver Safety in Asheville

A North Carolina State Trooper is speaking out about elderly driver safety after a couple of fatal wrecks in the Asheville area. According to WLOS ABC NEWS Channel 13, two of the more recent wrecks occurred in Transylvania County. One crash involved an 82-year-old driver crossing the centerline of Highway 276, and another crash involved a 68-year-old driver who fell asleep behind the wheel. North Carolina State Trooper William Hemphill is quick to point out that senior driver safety isn't about just taking away the keys anymore. It's about making safe decisions behind the wheel. He spoke about measures to reduce risk for elder drivers, which could include avoiding long trips, driving in the rain, unprotected left turns and heavy traffic.

Older Driver Safety

Over the next two decades, the population of people ages 65 years and older is expected to reach 70 million, so addressing the safety risks facing elder drivers needs to be a top priority. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers older drivers and their family members a variety of resources, including a Drive Well Toolkit. If you plan on having 'the talk' with somebody you love, it's important to remember that driving means independence for senior citizens.

Senior Driver Crash Facts

• 14 percent of the total U.S. resident population was aged 65 years and older in 2012.
• In 2012, 17 percent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. were among people ages 65 and up.
• 5,560 people 65 years old and older were killed in crashes in 2012.
• Approximately 214,000 older drivers were injured in car crashes in 2012.
• From 2003 to 2012, fatalities in crashes involving older drivers declined by 13 percent.

Elder Drivers in Asheville

With an aging baby boomer population, we could see an increase in injury-causing and fatal crashes involving elder drivers over the next couple of decades. Concerned family members can utilize the Drive Well Toolkit and other NHTSA resources to talk to their senior drivers, help them to remain independent and help to keep roadways safe in Asheville. If an older driver in or around the Asheville area has injured you or somebody you love, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 today for a free case consultation.

April 7, 2015

Deadly Wreck in Transylvania County

On Monday night, one person was killed and another was seriously injured in a Transylvania County head-on collision. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime after 5:00 p.m. on U.S. 276. Very few details have been released about this deadly crash, but we do know that a red Nissan and a cable truck were involved. According to officials with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a resident in the area suddenly crossed the centerline and then struck the cable truck head on.

Driver Airlifted to Mission Hospital

A passenger riding in the Nissan died on the scene, and the driver was airlifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The cable truck ended up in a ditch, but thankfully, the driver was able to walk away from the scene. At this time, we do not know the current condition of the injured Nissan driver or the extent of injuries involved. Although State Troopers said that the weather was not a factor in this deadly wreck, there's been no word on why the Nissan driver crossed the centerline. First responders and crews had to close the highway for about three hours as they worked the scene.

Fatal Crash Statistics

• In 2013, there were 30,057 fatal crashes resulting in 32,719 fatalities across the U.S.
• An estimated 2,313,000 people were injured in crashes in 2013.
• In 2013, speeding was a factor in 9,613 crash deaths.
• There were 3,944 fatalities involving large trucks in 2012.
• An estimated 104,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2012.

Deadly Crash in Asheville

Since very few details have been released about this crash, the cause is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased passenger and also wishes the injured driver a full and speedy recovery.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in or around Asheville, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation today.

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.