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On Wednesday night, a local teen was killed in a crash in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened just after 5:30 p.m. on Newfound Road. A passenger in the car, 16-year-old Daniel Arrowood, was killed in the wreck. For currently unknown reasons, the speeding car left the roadway and rolled into a ditch.

Both the teen driver and passenger were wearing their seat belts. The car was estimated to be going 70 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone prior to the wreck. At this time, officials suspect that driver inexperience and speed were factors in this fatal one-car crash. Charges are pending against the teen driver.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to Daniel Arrowood’s family members, friends and loved ones.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.