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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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herbal plus bottle.jpgThe New York Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman, recently announced that his office sent cease and desist letters to four major retailers, GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens, for allegedly selling store brand herbal supplements that either did not contain the labeled substance, or contained ingredients that were not listed on the labels. The cease and desist letters demanded that the giant retailers to immediately stop selling the popular herbal products, including Echinacea, Ginseng, St. John’s Wort, and others.

The New York AG’s office also demanded that the retailers provide detailed information about the production, processing and testing of the herbal supplements, as well as explain in detail their production quality control measures.

The factual basis for the AG’s action is DNA testing of the herbal supplements. The DNA test results show that only 21% of the store brand herbal supplements contained DNA from the plants listed on the products’ labels, whereas 79% of the products failed to contain any DNA related to the labeled content. Walmart was by far the worst offender of all of the major retailers with only 4% of the Walmart products actually containing DNA that matched the product label.

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Texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving have become a dangerous epidemic in North Carolina and across the nation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) “One Text or Call Could Wreck it All” campaign is all about raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, specifically texting behind the wheel. It only takes an instant of inattention to make a devastating, catastrophic or fatal error behind the wheel. Even just reading a text message can put your life and the lives of others on the line.

Distracted Driving Accidents in Asheville

When drivers are focusing on their cell phones, GPS software or other electronic devices, they’re not paying attention to the road. Even a cell phone conversation can be a dangerous distraction behind the wheel. Anytime a driver’s manual, visual or cognitive attention is taken away from the task of driving, they’re distracted driving. It’s not uncommon to see drivers drift out of their lanes or cross centerlines when they’re distracted. One text or call could wreck it all.

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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 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.

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On Monday afternoon, a semi truck crashed on US-70 near Swannanoa. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 3:40 p.m. near Avery Wood Drive, between Swannanoa and Black Mountain. Apparently, the truck driver tried to speed up in an attempt to avoid a falling tree. Unable to miss the tree, the large tractor trailer struck the downed tree.

Traffic Backed Up on US-70

The roadway was closed as crews worked the scene, and traffic was backed up in both directions. Thankfully, no other automobiles were involved in this big rig crash, but there’s no word on whether or not the truck driver sustained any injuries in the crash or what his current condition is.

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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.

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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.