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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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On Monday afternoon, a motorcyclist was severely injured in a McDowell County crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened at about 4:00 p.m. on NC-226 near Dairy Road. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that Traviss Kendall Waldrop of Nebo was headed north on 226 when his motorcycle left the roadway. The bike overturned and struck a tree.

Motorcyclist Airlifted to Mission Hospital

First responders rushed to the scene, and Waldrop was airlifted to Mission Hospital in critical condition for the treatment of a head injury and possibly other injuries. This was an apparent one-vehicle wreck, but the cause of the crash is still under investigation with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. A portion of the roadway was closed until after 6:00 p.m. as first responders and crews worked the scene.

Motorcycle Crashes by The Numbers

  • An estimated 88,000 motorcycle riders were injured in 2013.
  • In 2013, 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in crashes.
  • In 2012, 4,986 motorcyclists were killed in crashes.
  • Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 26 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes.
  • Helmets saved an estimated 1,630 lives in 2013.

Share The Road

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Share the Road” campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers motorcycle riders and other roadway users face. The most important aspect of sharing the road is making a commitment to distraction-free driving. If drivers are distracted, they’re not looking out for riders, pedestrians, cyclist or other drivers. Improving motorcycle rider safety starts with ensuring all drivers and riders are safely sharing the road with one another.

Motorcycle Crashes in North Carolina

Motorcycle crashes can leave victims in the hospital, out of work and feeling like they’re out of options. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Asheville or the surrounding communities, it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your case. Your lawyer can deal with the insurance companies and be your advocate as you recover from your injuries.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Traviss Kendall Waldrop a full and swift recovery from his injuries.

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According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the City of Asheville has just instituted a new safety pilot program for pedestrians. At this time, pedestrians using the crosswalk at Edwin and Katherine Places can utilize the new safety equipment. On either side of the street, there are flags available to pedestrians to carry while crossing the street. The flags are bright yellow and have reflective tape.

These flags are intended to increase the visibility of pedestrians who are crossing the busy roadway. Keep an eye out for these flags popping up at other intersections across Asheville. Ultimately, pedestrians are counting on drivers to stay alert and share the road.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident in Asheville or the surrounding communities, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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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.

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On Sunday, a crash on Charlotte Highway took the life of a South Carolina woman. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the one-car crash happened near Upper Brush Creek Road, sometime before 8:00 p.m. Apparently, the vehicle crossed the centerline, struck a tree and overturned beside the roadway. A passenger in the vehicle, 37-year-old Jenifer Bowen of Isle of Palms, South Carolina, died on the scene. The driver, 35-year-old Michael Wells of Fairview, and another passenger were both transported to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Alcohol and Speed Factors in Deadly Crash

At this time, the cause of this crash is ongoing, but initial reports indicate that alcohol and speed were factors. According to troopers, the car was going an estimated 70 miles per hour at the time of the crash. The speed limit was 45 miles per hour in that area. The driver, Michael Wells, has been charged with DWI, and there could be other charges after a full investigation is completed. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 does report that everybody was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The Facts on Drunk Driving

  • In 2013, there were 10,076 fatalities in crashes involving a drunk driver.
  • Fatalities in drunk driving crashes accounted for 31 percent of total traffic deaths in 2013.
  • On average in 2013, one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality happened every 52 minutes in 2013.
  • In 2010, the estimated economic cost of drunk driving crashes in the U.S. was $49.8 billion.
  • In 2013, the 21- to 24-year-old age group had the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes.

Drunk Driving Accidents in Asheville

Drunk driving accidents in Asheville and around the nation are 100 percent preventable. With the upcoming holiday season, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will continue to raise awareness about the dangers, risks and costs associated with alcohol-impaired driving. They also want motorists to know that “buzzed driving” is drunk driving too. Even one drink can be one too many.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Jenifer Bowen’s family members, friends and loved ones. We also wish everybody involved full and swift recoveries from their injuries.

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Earlier this week, a truck overturned on I-26 in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened just before 9:00 a.m. on Monday. For currently unknown reasons a truck overturned in the eastbound lanes of I-26, at mile marker 34. At least two lanes near Exit 33 had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene. At this time, very few details about the crash have been released.

Truck Accidents in Asheville

Accidents involving large trucks can be incredibly devastating for drivers and passengers in smaller cars and light vehicles. Since semi trucks are so much larger and heavier than passenger occupant vehicles, they’re required to follow additional federal regulations for safe operation. Accident cases involving large trucks often require additional investigative efforts.

If you have been injured in a truck accident in Asheville, contact Davis Law group, P.A. at 866-397-2897.

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Although Asheville and other areas of Western North Carolina weren’t hit nearly as hard as portions of South Carolina, the recent storms have left their mark on local roadways. Officials in Buncombe County have been working tirelessly to clean up and reopen impacted stretches of the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, rangers and roadway crews have been cleaning branches, leaves, fallen rocks, trees and other debris from the roadway to improve safety for motorists in North Carolina. Drivers are encouraged to make safe decisions behind the wheel, before, during and after inclement weather.

Safe Driving After Poor Weather

Although we typically think of rain, wind, sleet, snow and other weather conditions as being a primary factor in whether or not roadway conditions will be safe, it’s important to remember that even after a storm is over, road conditions can still be just as dangerous. This recent storm was a prime example for drivers in and around Asheville. The Blue Ridge Parkway and other local roadways had debris littered all over. Thankfully, cleaning crews and officials cleared the roadways as quickly as possible.

Bad Weather Accidents in Asheville

Most officials agree, if you can avoid driving in bad weather, you should. If you do have to drive during or after a storm, remember to adjust your speed for the conditions and drive safely. Just because the speed limit is posted at 55 miles per hour, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe to drive that fast under all weather and road conditions. Most importantly, if you come upon a flooded roadway, remember to turn around, so you don’t drown.

Safe Travels on Carolina Roadways

As of Monday afternoon, officials and crews had all but a small stretch of Blue Ridge Parkway reopened, and drivers are reminded to navigate all roadways safely and slowly, especially during bad weather or in the aftermath of a storm.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to all of those who have lost loved ones and family members in the historic Carolina floods, and we also wish everybody impacted by the storm a swift, safe and full return to their regular lives.

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There were multiple crashes in and around the Asheville area during inclement weather last Friday. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, there were at least four traffic incidents reported in Buncombe County between the afternoon hours of 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Wrecks were reported on I-26 and I-40. Very few details were released about these crashes, but we do know that a trooper’s vehicle was involved in one of the wrecks.

Driving in Poor Weather

Motorists in and around the Asheville area are encouraged to adjust their speed to the weather conditions and drive safely. Thankfully, only minor injuries were reported in many of these rainy-day wrecks. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident due to somebody else’s dangerous or negligent driving, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897.