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Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) observed National Teen Driver Safety Week, which ran from October 16-22. Since car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens between the ages of 15 and 19 years old, the issue of teen driver safety is a top priority for federal, state and local public safety agencies across the nation. In 2014, 2,679 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes, and an estimated 123,000 teens were injured in motor vehicle crashes. The NHTSA is encouraging parents and caregivers to talk to their children about the unique dangers facing teens behind the wheel.

Improving Teen Driver Safety

The NHTSA has identified the five biggest dangers facing teen drivers on U.S. roads. Distracted driving, extra peer passengers, speeding, alcohol use and failing to buckle up are the top five most serious issues facing teen drivers today. Listed below are the NHTSA’s “Five to Drive” rules for teens.

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Last week, there was a crash involving two semi trucks on Interstate 26. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the westbound lanes, near mile marker 66. At this time, very few details about the crash have been released, we do know that a portion of the roadway had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene. There has been no word on whether or not anybody was injured in this truck crash.

The cause of this tractor-trailer crash is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. Accidents involving commercial trucking vehicles can be devastating for drivers and passengers in other vehicles. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident in or around the Asheville area, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at (866) 397-2897 for a free consultation today.

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Last week, a semi truck crashed on Interstate 85 in Greenville County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the ramp to Woodruff Road and I-385. Very few details of the truck crash have been released, but we do know that a portion of I-385 North and I-85 South had to be closed as crews and first responders worked the scene. At this time, there has been no word on how the large tractor-trailer overturned in the roadway. Injuries were reported in the crash, but no information has been released on the extent of injuries involved or on anybody’s current condition.

Truck Crashes by The Numbers

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On Monday, one person was injured in a rollover crash in Fairview. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the crash occurred on Charlotte Highway, near Minehole Gap. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that a driver reportedly crossed the centerline, and another car had to serve to avoid the collision.

At least one person was hospitalized in the crash, but there has been no word on that person’s condition or the extent of injuries involved. Also, no information has been released on whether or not any citations have been made. The cause of this crash could still be under investigation with local law enforcement personnel.

If you or somebody you love has been injured in a crash due to a dangerous, negligent or distracted driver in or around the Asheville area, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at (866) 397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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Over the weekend, a former A.C. Reynolds High School football player was critically injured in an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) crash in Fairview. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Sunday morning at a family member’s property. After the brakes reportedly went out on his ATV, 21-year-old Dakota Owenby crashed into a tree. Although very few details about the ATV wreck have been reported, but we do know that there was a passenger on the ATV at the time of the crash. She was ejected from the vehicle. The handlebars turned and impaled Owenby on impact.

Former A.C. Reynolds Football Player Injured in ATV Crash

Owenby reportedly lost a lot of blood and suffered from a puncture wound to his left leg, which severed the artery completely. He was rushed to Mission Hospital for treatment, where waiting rooms quickly filled with family members and friends. At this time, there has been no word on how the brakes malfunctioned on his four-wheeler. The cause of this ATV crash could still be under investigation to determine why the brakes didn’t work.

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On Monday morning, there was a head-on collision in Fairview. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Charlotte Highway near Emmas Grove Road. Very little information has been released about this crash, but we do know that the wreck happened sometime before 9:00 a.m. First responders were called to the scene, where Monday morning traffic was congested due to the wreckage.

Thankfully, nobody was transported to the hospital. There has been no word on the cause of this crash, which could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to somebody’s dangerous, negligent or impaired driving in or around Asheville, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a press release about the recall of Polaris Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs) due to a safety hazard. According to the CPSC, 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo and RZR XP 4 Turbo ROVs are being recalled because of a potential fire hazard. The CPSC is warning consumers that these ROVs could cause severe burn injuries if they’re not fixed. Consumers are urged to stop using the ROVs immediately and contact Polaris to schedule a free repair.

Polaris ROV Fire Hazard

Currently, the CPSC has received 19 reports of these ROVs catching fire. At least six people have suffered from burn injuries as a result of the defective turbo system. An incident in Utah’s American Fork Canyon led to the severe burn injury of a child and nearly 15 acres of destroyed forestland.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and around the country will be participating in high-visibility enforcement campaigns to stop and prevent drunk driving. The Labor Day Weekend is one of the deadliest holiday weekends of the year. The traditional end-of-summer celebrations begin on Friday and can run through the weekend.

In 2014, there were 401 crash fatalities during the Labor Day holiday weekend nationwide. Nearly half of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking. Fatal and injury causing drunk-driving crashes are completely preventable. If you’re going to celebrate Labor Day with alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving crash in or around the Asheville area, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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On Tuesday morning, there was a serious crash on Highway 280 in Transylvania County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Little Mountain Road. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know there was a head-on collision between a car and a truck. An additional vehicle may also have been involved. First responders and crews rushed to the scene, where traffic was blocked at Hudlin Gap Road. Injuries were reported on the scene, although no information about how many people were injured has been released. At this time, there has been no word on the cause of the crash, which is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

National and State Car Crash Statistics

  • In 2014, an estimated 2,338,000 people were injured in U.S. car crashes.
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Last Tuesday, a semi truck overturned on Interstate 40 near the Tennessee state line. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened about two miles from the Fines Creek Road exit in Haywood County at about 1:00 p.m. For currently unknown reasons, the large commercial truck overturned in the eastbound lanes. Thankfully, no injuries were reported in this one-vehicle truck crash. First responders were swiftly on the scene, where a portion of the roadway had to be closed for hours. There has been no word on what caused the semi truck to overturn, but the truck driver was reportedly charged with failure to maintain lane control.

Semi Truck Carrying Hazardous Materials

A highway patrol officer on the scene reported that the tractor-trailer was hauling Propanediol at the time of the wreck. Since this is considered a hazardous material, a HAZMAT team was called from Asheville to ensure there wasn’t any leakage from the truck’s container. There has been no word on whether or not any of the Propanediol leaked from the trailer’s container, but crews were on the scene for hours. This wreck could still be under investigation with authorities.

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