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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!

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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.

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On Tuesday afternoon, a school bus was rear-ended in Henderson County. There were 22 students from Clear Creek Elementary School on the bus. They were headed back from a field trip at the time. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the driver that rear-ended the bus was looking down at his phone at the time of the crash.

Thankfully, none of the students appeared to have been injured in the crash. The driver of the car did suffer from some minor injuries. Although no charges have been filed, the Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident. Distracted driving puts everybody on the road at great risk. This crash could have been much worse. If a distracted driver has injured you or a loved one, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

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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.

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Cyclists are out in full force enjoying the crisp weather and beautiful fall foliage, so motorists in and around Asheville need to be on the lookout. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has great tips for cyclists and drivers to improve roadway safety for everybody.

Safety Tips for Cyclists

• Follow the rules of the road.

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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

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On Tuesday afternoon, an unattended dump truck crashed through a mobile home in Candler. The incident happened sometime before 1:30 p.m. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the Waste Pro dump truck rolled about 65 feet downhill before slamming into the house on Shelba Drive.

Thankfully, nobody was in the house at the time of the crash, and the family’s dogs were reportedly okay. The driver, who was not in the dump truck at the time of the crash, did say that he set the parking break, but the incident is still under investigation with authorities. Waste Pro offered to pay for a hotel room for the homeowner overnight. Thankfully, this large truck hit a house when nobody was home. Unattended runaway trucks can be incredibly dangerous, and even deadly.

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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.

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On Wednesday morning, a school bus crash injured eight West Marion Elementary School students. The driver of a sedan crossed the centerline and struck the school bus head on. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the McDowell County collision happened at about 7:30 a.m. at Whitson’s Curve.

The impact of the crash sent both vehicles off of the roadway, and the bus ended up in a ditch. Witnesses and emergency responders were swiftly on the scene assisting the children. The driver of the car, 40-year-old Randall Webb, was arrested and charged with DWI, although very few details have been released about the investigation.

Thankfully, none of the children’s injuries were initially described as serious. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes all of the children speedy and full recoveries from their injuries.

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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.