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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 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 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.

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.

October 30, 2014

This Halloween: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their Halloween drunk driving prevention campaign. With the holiday falling on a Friday night, they want motorists and partygoers to know that buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you plan on celebrating with alcohol, designate a driver or make an alternate plan to get home safely. It can be as simple as adding the number for a cab company into your phone ahead of time.

In 2012, nearly half of all motor vehicle fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver. Under the right circumstances, one drink can put you over the limit. Don't plan on just having 'a few drinks' and getting behind the wheel. If a drunk driver has injured you or a loved one, contact a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody a safe and Happy Halloween!

August 27, 2014

Motorcyclist Killed in Wreck Involving Drunk Driver

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

Driving While Impaired

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

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Facts

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

Improving Motorcycle Safety

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

After a Fatal Motorcycle Accident

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

July 8, 2014

DWI Crackdown in Asheville

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

Cracking Down on DWI's in Asheville

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

Drunk Driving: Just the Facts

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

In the Hospital and Out of Work

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

After an Accident Involving an Impaired Driver

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

July 2, 2014

Fatal Wreck in Hendersonville

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

Driver Held on $400,000 Bond

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

Impaired Driving: Just the Facts

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

When to Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer

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

June 20, 2014

DWI Hit and Run near Asheville

A "highway rampage" is being blamed for a series of wrecks that happened on Interstates 40 and 26 in Buncombe County earlier this week. The driver, 27-year-old Tiffany Hill, was apparently under the influence of alcohol and medication when she struck at least seven other cars. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Hill was charged with DWI, hit and run and reckless driving.

Witness reports indicate that Hill was deliberately slamming into other vehicles, one after another. Her car finally came to rest after slamming into a guardrail near the exit for Airport Road. Thankfully, nobody was killed during this rampage and no serious injuries were reported. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a reckless or impaired driver, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

May 1, 2014

Fatal Crash on I-26

On Tuesday, one person was killed in a wreck that happened on I-26, near the Long Shoals exit, in Asheville. The wreck happened just before 4:45 p.m. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, state troopers believe that alcohol was a contributing factor in this crash. Witness reports indicate that a Subaru was traveling at high speeds. The Subaru hit a pickup truck while trying to maneuver between the truck and a tractor trailer.

The car went out of control, hit an embankment and flipped multiple times. The driver, 51-year-old Daryl Mashburn of Arden, was pronounced dead at Mission Hospital. The passenger sustained injuries, but they were described as non-life threatening. Both the driver and the passenger were ejected from the vehicle. If you or a loved one is injured in a crash involving an impaired driver, contact the experienced team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

October 6, 2010

Mandy Kirkconnell - A Tragic Loss For The Asheville Community

manie kirkconnell.jpgLast Saturday morning, shortly before 3a.m., an intoxicated Jennifer N. Kessler, of Arden, drove her vehicle the wrong way on Interstate 240 in Asheville. As Kessler neared the Brevard Road exit, her vehicle collided head-on into a vehicle operated by Mandie Kirkconnell, 29, of Asheville. Kessler suffered serious injuries, but Ms. Kirkconnell died at the scene. This is the second wrong way collision in Asheville this year.

As a result, authorities have charged Kessler with felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired and reckless driving to endanger. She faces prison time for what she did.

Kirkconnell was a remarkable woman who positively touched every person with whom she came in contact. A devout Christian and a talented musician with an incredible voice, Ms. Kirkconnell was very active in her church at King of Glory Christian Church in Swannanoa as well as at many other churches in the Asheville area, including Relate Church and the Melchizadek House of Prayer.

Kirkconnell's friends say that in light of her strong faith and belief in the healing power of the love of Christ, she would want everyone to forgive Kessler for her horrible mistake in judgment. A tall order for even those with a strong faith. Those who knew her were clearly blessed if but for the short time she was here.

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September 26, 2010

Former Crew Chief Kohuth Cops Plea Deal

Nascar crew chief.jpgFormer Nascar Ultra Motorsports pit crew chief, Timothy Kohuth, 49, pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Murder last week in Iredell County Superior Court. As a result, he will spend at least the next 9 years in jail. The maximum he could serve is 12 years. The plea deal arises out of the fatal crash Kohuth caused in 2008.

On July 31, 2008, Kohuth drank to the point he was severely intoxicated and then drove a rollback wrecker on Brawley School Road, crossed the center line, and then collided with a vehicle driven by Wesley Worden. The head-on impact killed Mr. Worden instantly and severely injured his wife, Gail.

At the plea deal hearing in court, District Attorney Sarah Kirkman said, "Witnesses said he got out of the truck and a 24-ounce beer fell out of his lap." After the crash, EMS took Kohuth to the hospital, but he refused to take either a breath or blood test to determine the amount of alcohol in his blood. State Troopers sought and obtained a search warrant and forced Kohuth to submit to a blood test. Approximately six hours after the fatal crash and after receiving a substantial amount of IV fluids, the test showed Kohuth's blood alcohol level to be .08, the legal limit in North Carolina.

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March 11, 2010

Police Charge Asheville Wrong Way Driver

Wrong way car.jpgNorth Carolina State Troopers have charged a Brevard man for driving the wrong way on Interstate 26 between Asheville and Hendersonville. The wrong way driver, James Mint Barton, age 65, apparently traveled at least 15 miles in the wrong lanes before he was apprehended by State Troopers. He told Troopers that he was on his way to the Asheville Airport.

Not surprisingly, Troopers charged Barton with Driving While Impaired. Trooper RE Baker stated that Barton was also charged with reckless driving and driving the wrong way on a dual lane highway. Barton ran several cars off the Interstate during his extreme drunk driving, but fortunately no accidents occurred and no one was injured.

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November 11, 2009

Asheville - Wrong-way Driver Looked Sick Before Fiery Crash

Wrong way car wreck.jpgA recently released police report indicates that the woman who caused a fiery crash on the Taconic State Parkway in Mount Pleasant, NY looked ill on at least two occasions shortly before the wreck.

Police say that Diane Shuler was severely intoxicated and high on marijuana at the time of the crash that killed eight people, including herself. Toxicology reports show that Shuler's blood acohol content (BAC) measured .19 and that she had ingested marijuana during the hour prior to the wreck. The crash occurred as Shuler drove her minivan down the wrong-way of a scenic four-lane parkway.

Shortly before the crash, witnesses observed Shuler sitting on a guardrail beside her red minivan with her head down, looking sick. Another group of motorists described seeing Shuler driving down the middle of two lanes, staring straight ahead, both hands on the wheel, with a look of sheer panic on her face.

Tragically, Shuler's 2 year old daugher, her 8 and 7 year old nieces, and a 5 year old little girl were in the vehicle with Shuler and died in the crash. Three other adults were also killed as a result of the wreck. Shuler's son was the only survivor in the minivan.

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