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Officials with the Asheville Police Department (APD) are calling on motorists to clear snow and ice from their vehicles before getting behind the wheel. The APD’s Facebook page recently shared a viral dash-cam video of a driver’s window being struck and shattered by a flying chunk of ice that dislodged from the car in front of it. It may take a few extra minutes, but it’s absolutely essential to clear all snow and ice from your car before hitting the road. Just scraping your windows isn’t enough. If you leave ice and snow on your vehicle, it can melt, blow off and dislodge while you’re driving. Even at relatively low speeds, it’s a recipe for disaster for the cars and trucks behind you.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety Storm Stats

  • Over 4,600 calls for assistance were made to the State Highway Patrol.
  • More than 2,400 crashes have been investigated since the storm began.
  • NCDOT crews have used more than 2.2 million gallons of salt brine on roadways.

Slick Roads Around Asheville

We recently reported on the icy and slick conditions on Asheville roadways, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) tips for winter driving safety. Plenty of people know that checking the battery and antifreeze along with tire pressure and tread are all important parts of winter prep and maintenance, but what about after the storm? Drivers who only remove snow or ice from their windshield and windows are putting other motorists at great risk. It doesn’t matter how clear and safe the roads are if a chunk of ice hits your windshield or a patch of flying snow obstructs your visibility.

Injury Accidents During Icy Weather

Drivers in and around Asheville need to take additional precautions before, during and after wintry weather hits. It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived here all of your life or if you’re new to the area. Safe winter driving starts with preparation. Don’t neglect the snow and ice covering your vehicle. Take the extra time to clear it. It could save somebody’s life. If you have been injured due to somebody’s negligent or dangerous actions during icy or snowy weather in Asheville or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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On Friday night, a Marietta woman was killed in a one-car crash in Greenville County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Poinsett Highway near Furman University. At this time, very few details about the crash have been released, but we do know that 26-year-old Elizabeth Danielle Hudson’s 2003 Honda Pilot crossed a center median and struck a tree.

Hudson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and she was pronounced dead on the scene. There has been no word on how this wreck happened. The cause is likely still under investigation with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Hudson’s family members and friends.

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently issued a press release about the results of their 2015 Holiday “Booze It And Lose It” campaign. Like many states and law enforcement agencies across the nation, North Carolina is trying to reduce the number of injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes that happen each year. Sadly, the holidays are an especially deadly time on North Carolina roadways. During the safety campaign, that ran from December 11, 2015 to January 3, 2016, there were 3,074 charges for DWI. Of those charges, 252 were related to drug use. Almost 350 law enforcement agencies participated statewide.

“Booze It And Lose It” Results

  • There were 10,914 checking stations and saturation patrols.
  • 105,020 traffic and criminal citations were made.
  • On average, there were 128 DWI arrests per day.
  • Henderson County had 18 total DWI charges.

Increased Enforcement Efforts in North Carolina

In addition to an increase in law enforcement, the NCDOT also utilized social media and other marketing sources to get the word out about the dangers of drunk driving. Their social media ad “Don’t Drink and Drive. You’re Smarter Than That.” was aimed at raising awareness about the dangers associated with drunk driving. The campaign also included suggestions for a variety of safe options available to people after a night of celebrations including alcohol.

After a Drunk Driving Accident in Asheville

Accidents involving drunk drivers can be absolutely devastating for victims. Whether you were hit head-on or center-punched, a drunk driving accident can leave you in the hospital and out of work for a lengthy period of time. Since these accidents are completely preventable, it’s essential for victims to be compensated for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. When somebody chooses to get behind the wheel after drinking, he or she is putting everybody on the road at great risk.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a drunk driver in Asheville or any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are urging motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this holiday season. Sadly, we typically see a spike in injury causing and fatal drunk driving accidents this time of year. During the 2013 holiday period (December 18-31), there were 1,180 people killed in crashes. Nearly a third of those deaths occurred in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. In the month of December 2013 alone, 733 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a drunk driver, you need to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible about your case. The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a great New Year.

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Early Tuesday morning, a suspected drunk driving crash had a portion of Haywood Road closed down for hours. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the intersection of Baker Avenue, sometime around 1:00 a.m. The vehicle struck a telephone pole and knocked it down in the roadway. First responders and crews were on the scene, where a new telephone pole had to be installed. The driver, Charles Giezentanner III, was arrested and charged with DWI, reckless driving to endanger, driving with a revoked license, hit and run, leaving the scene and causing property damage.

Impaired Driving Crashes in The U.S.

  • In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver.
  • Fatalities in crashes involving drunk drivers accounted for 31 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year.
  • An average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurred every 52 minutes in 2013.
  • The estimated economic cost of drunk driving crashes in the U.S. in 2010 was $49.8 billion.
  • In 2013, the 21- to 24-year-old age group had the highest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes, with BAC levels of .08 or higher (33 percent).

Preventable Injury-Causing and Fatal Crashes

Drunk driving crashes are 100-percent preventable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual holiday drunk driving prevention campaign. Sadly, the holidays are known for having a spike in injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes. The NHTSA is encouraging party goers and anybody who is celebrating the holiday season with alcohol to designate a driver, call a cab or find some other safe ride home. No matter what, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.

Drunk Driving Accidents in Asheville

Drunk driving accidents can leave victims in the hospital and out of work for who knows how long. The holiday season is an especially difficult time to deal with medical bills, lost wages and painful injuries. After any kind of car accident due to somebody else’s dangerous driving, it’s important to speak with an experienced and proven personal injury lawyer.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash involving a drunk driver in Asheville or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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On Wednesday night, a local teen was killed in a crash in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened just after 5:30 p.m. on Newfound Road. A passenger in the car, 16-year-old Daniel Arrowood, was killed in the wreck. For currently unknown reasons, the speeding car left the roadway and rolled into a ditch.

Both the teen driver and passenger were wearing their seat belts. The car was estimated to be going 70 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone prior to the wreck. At this time, officials suspect that driver inexperience and speed were factors in this fatal one-car crash. Charges are pending against the teen driver.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to Daniel Arrowood’s family members, friends and loved ones.

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Early Thursday morning, four people were injured in a suspected drunk driving crash in Transylvania County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Highway 276, about three miles from the entrance of the Pisgah National Forest, sometime around 1:00 a.m.

The vehicle ran off of the roadway and overturned. At least one person had to be airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital, and three others were taken to an area hospital. At this point, law enforcement authorities do suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash. There’s no word on whether or not any charges have been filed at this time.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes full and swift recoveries for the injured victims.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual safety campaign about the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Since the Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most traveled weekends of the year, it’s also one of the most dangerous. With more cars on the roadways, there’s a higher chance for injury causing and potentially fatal car accidents. Combine that with the fact that people will be celebrating with alcohol, and you can understand why the holidays are typically known for having a spike in drunk driving crashes.

The Facts on Thanksgiving Travel

  • During the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 301 passenger occupants were killed in crashes across the country.
  • 58 percent of those people were not buckled up at the time of the crash.
  • Statistically, the nighttime hours are deadlier than daytime hours in terms of seat belt usage.
  • During the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 64 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes at night were not buckled up, compared with 48 percent during the day.

Buckle Up, Save Your Giblets

The NHTSA is reminding drivers and passengers to buckle up this holiday weekend and all year long. It’s the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. Whether you’re driving across country, across the mountains or across town, buckle up for every trip, every time. It’s also essential to ensure children are always secured in age and size-appropriate car seats or booster seats.

After a Car Accident in Asheville

Although seat belts are proven to improve safety and reduce the potential and severity of injuries in car accidents, you can’t help how other people are driving. Buckling up is the best way to protect yourself, but if you still get hurt in a car accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney about your case. If you or somebody you love has been injured in a car accident this holiday season, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday.

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Drivers in and around Buncombe County have been dealing with wet roadways this week. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 reported on the dreary roadway conditions. On Monday, residents in the Upstate had to deal with flooding rain. In addition to wet roadways and reduced visibility, drivers also had to worry about wet leaves covering the roads. Drivers are encouraged to slow down and adjust their driving techniques and speed to the conditions of the roadway.

Car Accidents During Inclement Weather

Approximately 1.2 million car crashes occur on wet roadways each year. Driving during inclement weather can be challenging if drivers aren’t slowing down and allowing for extra room between their car and the car ahead of them. Even if you’re a skilled wet-weather driver, you need to slow down, because other drivers will likely be adjusting their speed to the roadway conditions. Even if a posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour, going that fast in a storm can be dangerous in many situations. Listed below are a few wet weather driving tips from AAA.

Wet Weather Driving Tips

  • Slow down.
  • Don’t use cruise control.
  • Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • If you go into a skid, don’t panic, but continue to look and steer in the direction you want to go.
  • During a skid, avoid slamming on the brakes, as this will further upset the vehicle’s balance and control.

After a Car Accident in Buncombe County

After any kind of car accident due to another person’s dangerous or negligent behavior, it’s a good idea to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer about your case. Crashes that happen during inclement weather may seem inevitable, but in most cases, there are totally preventable. That’s why it’s absolutely essential to practice safe wet-weather driving techniques such as slowing down or allowing extra room for other motorists.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident that occurred during rainy weather, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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Last week, a fatal crash in Madison County took the life of a volunteer firefighter. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, 26-year-old Billy Naillon was killed in an apparent one-vehicle wreck on Highway 209. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that it happened about four miles from his home and two miles from the fire department. Naillon was also an Army veteran and served two tours in Afghanistan.

First responders on the scene were some of Naillon’s fellow volunteer firefighters. At this time, there’s no word on how the crash happened, and the cause is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Billy Naillon’s family members, friends, coworkers and loved ones.