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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.

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Early Sunday morning, a crash involving a semi truck sent at least two people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around 4:30 A.M. in the westbound lanes of I-26, near the Long Shoals Road exit (Exit 37). For currently unknown reasons, an SUV collided with the large commercial truck. Both occupants inside of the SUV had to be taken to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured in the crash.

Tractor Trailer Crash in Asheville

As they cleared the scene, first responders and other crews had to shut down an area of Interstate 26 in South Asheville. At this time, very few details about the crash have been released. We do not know how or why the crash happened. Wrecks involving commercial trucks often take additional investigative efforts due to the federal safety regulations involved.

Tractor Trailer Crash Facts

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency tasked with regulating the commercial trucking industry. Since commercial trucks are so much larger and heavier than passenger occupant vehicles, they have additional rules and regulations to follow for safe roadway operation. According to the FMCSA, in 2012, 3,802 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes across the nation. This represented a five percent increase from the year before. Additionally, 3.5 percent of large truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had alcohol detected in their blood.

Common Types of Truck Accidents

• Rollover accidents • Jackknife accidents
• Tire blowouts • Underride accidents
• Distracted driving

When to Call a Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a tractor trailer accident, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Whether it was a jackknife accident or a case of distracted truck driving, the sooner you speak with a lawyer, the better. Multiple law enforcement agencies may be handling the investigation. Staying on top of all official developments will be your lawyer’s top priority.

After an accident involving a commercial trucking vehicle, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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On Wednesday, Buncombe County and other counties across North Carolina participated in Stop Arm Violation Count Day. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, bus drivers were asked to pay special attention to any drivers illegally passing school buses while their stop arms were extended. Although it seems obvious, drivers should not be passing stopped school buses where children are loading and unloading. Buncombe County alone averages about 70 violations every day.

Since 1999, drivers illegally passing stopped school buses have killed 14 students in North Carolina. Thankfully, many buses are now outfitted with cameras that could lead to improved enforcement of illegal passing.

If your child has been injured in a school bus accident or while getting on or off a school bus, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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Last Friday, a worker was killed on a worksite in Rutherford County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around 11:45 a.m. at a Sisk Grading Site. Apparently, the worker, Blake Luckadoo, was somehow thrown from a machine he was running. Very few details have been released, but we do know that a fellow employee found Luckadoo, unresponsive. Luckadoo was pronounced dead on the scene by first responders.

Daniel Road Grading Site
The grading site was off Daniel Road in Forest City. Workers in the 14-person company, Sisk Grading, were pretty shaken up after the deadly incident. Luckadoo had worked for the company for almost 10 years. There’s no word on how this terrible incident could have happened, and it is likely under investigation with authorities.

Workplace Injury Facts
• In 2013, 4,405 workers died on the job site.
• In 2013, there were 104 workplace fatalities in North Carolina.
• 41 of those deaths involved transportation incidents.
• 23 of those deaths involved contact with objects and equipment.
• Before OSHA was created (43 years ago) an estimated 14,000 workers were killed on the job each year.

Heavy Machinery on the Work Site

Working with heavy machinery often presents an additional level of danger to the work site. Any time a worker has been injured or killed when coming into contact or operating a piece of heavy machinery, it’s absolutely essential to determine what went wrong. There are a variety of safety regulations and guidelines in place in order to protect workers and improve workplace safety. Making sure these rules are followed is absolutely essential for the safety and wellbeing of workers on the job site.

After a Workplace Accident in Asheville
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your case. Whether you were operating some piece of heavy machinery or you were injured in a car accident while ‘on-the-clock,’ an injury lawyer can help you sort out the details and get your life back on track. In cases where a death occurs in the workplace, it may be necessary to speak with a wrongful death attorney about your family’s options.

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

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On Monday evening, a teen was seriously injured in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver in Anderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Breyona Williams had to be air lifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital from the crash scene on Highway 76 in Pendleton. Williams left the Dairy Queen in Pendleton sometime around 8:30 p.m., just before the wreck. She only got a few miles down the road when her car and 52-year-old Ted Arrowood’s truck collided.

At this time, the crash is still under investigation with law enforcement officers. Arrowood was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. There’s no word on Williams’ current condition or the extent of her injuries, but at the most recent report, she was fighting for her life.

The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Williams a full and swift recovery from her injuries.