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Local and state law enforcement agencies will be participating in this year’s “Click It or Ticket” safety campaign. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Buncombe County has low seat belt usage rates when compared with statewide averages. Troopers will be out in full force for the holiday weekend making sure drivers are being safe and buckling up.

“Click It or Ticket” For Safety

In 2014, there were 21 deaths in traffic crashes in Buncombe County, and seven of those victims were unbuckled at the time of the crash. Buckling up, for every trip needs to be a top priority for drivers and passenger vehicle occupants this holiday weekend and all yearlong. Additionally, tickets for not wearing your seat belt or wearing it improperly can cost as much as $161.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

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Over the weekend, a woman was injured in a crash at a landfill in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at a solid waste convenience center at around noon on Saturday. Susan Riddle was dropping off her recycling when she was struck by an elderly diver and pinned against a guardrail. She was rushed to Mission Hospital for treatment of her injuries. She suffered from internal injuries and broken legs.

Elderly Driver Backs Into Henderson County Woman

Apparently, the elderly driver became confused behind the wheel and backed into her, when he thought his vehicle was in park. The force of the impact was so hard, that the metal guardrail was bent. Although very few details about the driver have been released, we do know that he was charged with reckless driving. At this time, landfill operators are reviewing the incident to determine if safety can be improved in this area. As of Monday, Riddle was listed in fair condition.

Elderly Driver Safety in Asheville
Elderly driver safety in and around the Asheville area is important for drivers, motorists and roadway users of all ages. If you have a loved one with age-related vision deterioration or cognitive and physical changes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has great resources for you. Their Drive Well Toolkit helps promote older driver safety and mobility. Many older drivers see their mobility as their independence and freedom, and officials with the NHTSA understand that this isn’t an easy subject for families to bring up, so there are also plenty of resources for ‘having the talk’ too.

What to do After an Accident Involving an Elderly Driver

After any type of car accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You could be facing expensive medical bills, a loss of income and a lengthy recovery from painful injuries. If you or somebody you love has been injured in an accident involving an elderly driver, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Susan Riddle a full and speedy recovery from her injuries.

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Authorities in Hendersonville are taking a look at the intersection where a deadly motorcycle crash happened on Tuesday. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Tuesday night’s fatal motorcycle crash isn’t the first of its kind at the intersection for Glover and Spartanburg Highway. Over the past two and a half years, there have been three fatal wrecks at this particular intersection.

Drivers in the area also report that this intersection is particularly dangerous. There is a fence on the left side of the roadway and a rail on the right side. Additionally, there’s also a hill just before the intersection, meaning that it’s possible to pull out into the intersection without realizing that there is fast moving oncoming traffic.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased motorcyclist, Lester Odail Espinoza Najera.

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Last week, a 16-year-old driver was arrested and charged for harassing bicyclists in Greenville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the investigation started with a few posts on the Greenville Spinners Bicycle Club Facebook page. Apparently, numerous cyclists reported having been harassed by a driver in Northern areas of the county. Upon investigation, law enforcement officials with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office found that the driver was a 16-year-old male in a Hyundai Tiburon.

Teen Driver Charged with Attempted Murder
In addition to verbally assaulting cyclists, the driver escalated to physical assaults including spitting, throwing drinks and even tossing lit fireworks at the riders. There were also attempts and threats to crash into the cyclists and efforts to cause them to crash. On April 10, the juvenile driver was charged and arrested for six counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault and battery 1st degree, two counts of assault and battery 3rd degree, two counts of throwing fireworks from a motor vehicle and 11 counts of taunting a bicycle.

U.S. Bicycle Crash Facts
• In 2012, 726 cyclists were killed in crashes across the nation.
• An additional 49,000 cyclists were injured in crashes.
• Cyclist deaths and injuries accounted for about two percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities and injuries during that year.
• In 2012, 682 cyclists were killed on U.S. roadways.

Share The Road
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of tips for increasing cyclist safety. In addition to never driving or riding distracted, riders and drivers are encouraged to Share The Road. Sharing the road means drivers and cyclists need to lookout for one another and show mutual respect. Drivers should remember that cyclists don’t have the same safety advantages as passenger in cars, so even seemingly minor crashes can send cyclists to the hospital or worse.

Keeping Cyclists in Asheville Safe
Cyclists are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups, and they are truly at the mercy of drivers on the roadway. At this time, at least 11 victims have come forward, but investigators suspect that there could be more. If a negligent or intentionally willful driver has injured you or somebody you love, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for an immediate free consultation.

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On Tuesday, one person was killed and another was injured in a one-car crash in Cherokee. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the car crossed the centerline and struck a tree. The crash occurred on Adams Creek Road, sometime before noon, in the Birdtown area.

The driver, Imadeann Sequoyah, was airlifted to Mission Hospital, where as of Wednesday, she was listed in fair condition. Her passenger, Mathew Starlin, was also airlifted to a hospital, but died as a result of his injuries. At this time, law enforcement officials think that speed could have been a factor in the crash, and charges may be pending.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Mathew Starlin.

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A North Carolina State Trooper is speaking out about elderly driver safety after a couple of fatal wrecks in the Asheville area. According to WLOS ABC NEWS Channel 13, two of the more recent wrecks occurred in Transylvania County. One crash involved an 82-year-old driver crossing the centerline of Highway 276, and another crash involved a 68-year-old driver who fell asleep behind the wheel. North Carolina State Trooper William Hemphill is quick to point out that senior driver safety isn’t about just taking away the keys anymore. It’s about making safe decisions behind the wheel. He spoke about measures to reduce risk for elder drivers, which could include avoiding long trips, driving in the rain, unprotected left turns and heavy traffic.

Older Driver Safety

Over the next two decades, the population of people ages 65 years and older is expected to reach 70 million, so addressing the safety risks facing elder drivers needs to be a top priority. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers older drivers and their family members a variety of resources, including a Drive Well Toolkit. If you plan on having ‘the talk’ with somebody you love, it’s important to remember that driving means independence for senior citizens.

Senior Driver Crash Facts

• 14 percent of the total U.S. resident population was aged 65 years and older in 2012.
• In 2012, 17 percent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. were among people ages 65 and up.
• 5,560 people 65 years old and older were killed in crashes in 2012.
• Approximately 214,000 older drivers were injured in car crashes in 2012.
• From 2003 to 2012, fatalities in crashes involving older drivers declined by 13 percent.

Elder Drivers in Asheville

With an aging baby boomer population, we could see an increase in injury-causing and fatal crashes involving elder drivers over the next couple of decades. Concerned family members can utilize the Drive Well Toolkit and other NHTSA resources to talk to their senior drivers, help them to remain independent and help to keep roadways safe in Asheville. If an older driver in or around the Asheville area has injured you or somebody you love, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 today for a free case consultation.

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On Monday night, one person was killed and another was seriously injured in a Transylvania County head-on collision. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime after 5:00 p.m. on U.S. 276. Very few details have been released about this deadly crash, but we do know that a red Nissan and a cable truck were involved. According to officials with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a resident in the area suddenly crossed the centerline and then struck the cable truck head on.

Driver Airlifted to Mission Hospital

A passenger riding in the Nissan died on the scene, and the driver was airlifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The cable truck ended up in a ditch, but thankfully, the driver was able to walk away from the scene. At this time, we do not know the current condition of the injured Nissan driver or the extent of injuries involved. Although State Troopers said that the weather was not a factor in this deadly wreck, there’s been no word on why the Nissan driver crossed the centerline. First responders and crews had to close the highway for about three hours as they worked the scene.

Fatal Crash Statistics
• In 2013, there were 30,057 fatal crashes resulting in 32,719 fatalities across the U.S.
• An estimated 2,313,000 people were injured in crashes in 2013.
• In 2013, speeding was a factor in 9,613 crash deaths.
• There were 3,944 fatalities involving large trucks in 2012.
• An estimated 104,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2012.

Deadly Crash in Asheville
Since very few details have been released about this crash, the cause is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased passenger and also wishes the injured driver a full and speedy recovery.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in or around Asheville, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation today.

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Last Thursday night, a hit-and-run driver fatally struck a 36-year-old moped rider. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the Good News Baptist Church on Smokey Park Highway. An Asheville woman, 21-year-old Delilah Wilson, struck the moped from behind and then left the scene.

Hit-and-Run Driver Fled Crash Scene

The moped rider, Robert Jason Miller, died as a result of his injuries in the crash, and Wilson was picked up a few miles from the scene. Although very few details about the wreck were released, we do know that Wilson was charged with felony hit and run.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Robert Jason Miller.

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Teen driving safety needs to be a top priority in Asheville and across the country. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Thankfully, most car accidents are totally preventable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of great tips for parents and teens, including safety guidelines, “5 to Drive” rules and educational content. Talking to teens about their risk factors behind the wheel and how to avoid preventable accidents is a great place to start.

Teen Driving Facts
• In 2011, about 2,650 teens, between the ages of 16 and 19, were killed in car crashes.
• Nearly 292,000 teens were treated in emergency rooms from car crashes in 2011.
• Teen drivers are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.
• When compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use.

Teen Driving Risk Factors

In addition to inexperience behind the wheel, teen drivers face a variety of risk factors behind the wheel. For example, the presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers. This risk actually increases with the number of teen passengers. The NHTSA has a Five Rules to Drive campaign aimed at raising awareness about risk factors for teen drivers. They encourage parents to speak with their teen drivers about the “5 to Drive,” and to hold them accountable with Parent-Teen Driving Contracts.

5 to Drive
1. No Cell phones 2. No Extra Passengers
3. No Speeding 4. No Alcohol
5. Always Buckle Up

After an Accident Involving a Teen Driver

It’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer after any kind of car accident. Crashes involving teen drivers could have a variety of factors involved. Whether it was a case of texting while driving, speeding or too many teen passengers, your lawyer can stay on top of investigative details.

If you or somebody you love has been injured in a car accident involving a teen driver, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

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On Tuesday, a crash on New Leicester Highway took the life of one man and sent two others to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 2:30 p.m., between Oak Hill and Heritage Drive. Apparently, 23-year-old Devon Aaron Forester pulled out of the parking lot of Hot Spot and into the path of a delivery truck. Although the truck driver attempted to avoid the car by swerving, he struck Forester’s vehicle.

Forester was killed in the crash and his passenger suffered from serious injuries. Additionally, the truck driver was also injured in the crash. Crews had to close New Leicester Highway for a few hours as they worked the scene.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Forester and wishes the injured victims speedy and full recoveries.