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On Thursday morning, there were multiple wrecks on the same stretch of I-40 in Candler. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, two crashes happened back-to-back just around 10:00 a.m., near mile marker 38. Witness reports indicate that the driver in the initial wreck may have hydroplaned before her car flipped and rolled over multiple times.

Although injured, she was able to walk away from the scene. Very few details have been released about the second crash, but first responders said speed could have been a factor in either crash. If people are driving too fast for conditions, they’re putting their lives and the lives of other roadway users at risk.

Fire and rescue officials are calling on drivers to slow down on wet roads and when they see crews working scenes. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 today.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just issued the results of two drunk driving studies. Apparently, while drunk driving crashes have declined, there has been an increase in drugged driving across the U.S. The NHTSA has been working hard over the past few decades to increase the awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, and it shows. Unfortunately, there has been less of an emphasis on the dangers of drug use behind the wheel.

The Research

The NHTSA reports that one particular study, the Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers, found that the number of alcohol-impaired drivers has declined by nearly one-third since 2007. They also found that in a 2014 survey, at least one in four drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could affect safety behind the wheel. They also report that the number of weekend nighttime drivers with evidence of drugs in their system climbed from 16.3 percent in 2007 to 20 percent in 2014. Drivers with marijuana in their systems grew by almost 50 percent.

Using Drugs Behind the Wheel
Although illegal illicit drugs may be the first example to come to mind when you think about drug use behind the wheel, a number of totally legal prescription and over-the-counter medications can also be dangerous for drivers. From illegal drugs like marijuana and cocaine, to certain legally prescribed or over-the-counter pain or allergy medications, driving drug impaired puts everybody on the road in great danger. If you’re not sure if a medication you’re taking is dangerous behind the wheel, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Have You Been Injured by a Drunk or Drugged Driver?

After a crash involving a drunk or drug-impaired driver, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You might be in the hospital and out of work for who knows how long. Not only will you have medical bills piling up, as a primary or secondary breadwinner, you could be taking an extended unpaid leave of absence from your job. Rather than trying to figure out all by yourself how you’re going to make ends meet, let your lawyer be your advocate.

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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A report from WLOS ABC News Channel 13’s Facebook page indicated a crash involving a semi truck happened on Dogwood Road in Candler this morning. Very few details were released, but we do know that crews were expected to be in the area cleaning the wreckage and clearing the road for hours.

Although there’s been no comment on the cause of the crash, which may or may not have included icy conditions, the truck appeared to leave the roadway. There’s no word on whether or not any other vehicles were involved or if any injuries were reported. Commuters were asked to avoid the area as first responders and crews worked the scene.

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

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Crashes are being reported in and around Asheville this morning. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, multiple wrecks were reported all over the region. At least one collision involved as many as three automobiles. Injuries were reported, but very few details about the multi-car crash were released. There’s no word on those victims’ current conditions. A crash involving an Asheville Police Officer occurred on Long Shoals Road at CP&L Drive, near Ingles. Portions of the roadway had to be closed as crews worked the scene. There was no information about when the road was going to be open again.

If Possible, Stay Home

Law enforcement officials were calling on citizens to stay home, if possible. Roadways in and around the region are covered in snow and ice, and travel is not advised. Keeping the roadways open for emergency response vehicles needs to be a top priority too. As snow continues to fall, first responders are likely expecting to see additional collisions on the icy roadways. If you do have to travel during poor weather conditions, there are ways to improve safety.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

In January, we reported on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) Winter Weather Driving Tips. Officials with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are also calling on motorists to exercise safe driving habits during inclement weather. Safercar.gov also offers some great tips for driving safe in bad weather. In addition to safe driving tips, they also offer information on how to make sure your car is road-ready when the weather hits.

After a Car Accident in Asheville

After any kind of car accident caused by somebody else’s negligence, it’s important to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Whether somebody was driving too fast for conditions or didn’t properly maintain their automobile, a laywer can be your advocate as you deal with insurance companies and try to get your life back together.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident during icy weather, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation today.

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Earlier this week, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol issued a press released regarding winter weather driving safety across the state. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 reported on the wintry conditions facing drivers this week. Officials with the CHP are asking citizens to avoid travel, when possible. If you have to get behind the wheel, the CHP has a few tips for increasing safety.

Winter Weather Roadway Safety Tips
• Decrease speed • Buckle up • Increase distance between vehicles • Use caution on bridges and overpasses
• Clear all windows before driving • Allow extra time for delays

If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck due to somebody else’s dangerous, negligent or careless behavior behind the wheel, contact the skilled lawyers at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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On Sunday evening, a firefighter was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Anderson County, South Carolina. The Sandy Springs firefighter was responding to a crash scene at the time of the wreck. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 9:00 p.m. The Sandy Springs firefighter was working a crash scene on US 76 when a suspected drunk driver struck and killed him. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports that 64-year-old Charles Pickens was headed west on US 76 and went around emergency equipment when he struck the first responder.

Hit-and-Run Driver in South Carolina

The driver initially left the scene of the crime, but he was later picked up at his home. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 also reports that he has been charged with felony driving under the influence (DUI) involving death and leaving the scene of the crash. The entire Sandy Springs community is mourning the loss of the local first responder.

Driving Under the Influence Accidents

When drivers are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they’re putting everybody on the road at great risk for injury or death. Even certain prescription and over-the-counter medications can impair a driver’s ability to safely navigate the roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is aimed at raising awareness about not only the physical dangers of drunk driving, but also the economic damages and direct legal consequences involved with a DUI.

Move Over, It’s The Law
North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as many other states, have “Move Over” laws, which require drivers to move over or slow down for emergency responders and road workers on the side of the road. These laws are designed to keep public service officials, first responders and other roadway employees and workers safe. In North Carolina, drivers are required to move over one lane for flashing lights. If you’re unable to move over, you have to reduce your speed. This law also extends to the flashing amber lights of road service vehicles too.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to the family members, friends and coworkers of the deceased firefighter.

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A multi-car crash on Intestate 85 took the lives of four people on Wednesday. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 11:00 p.m. near mile marker 67, close to Wellford. Apparently, somebody was driving the wrong way down a northbound lane.

At least six vehicles were involved in the crash that took four lives. The wrong-way driver was one of the people killed in the crash. Very few details have been released, but we do know that several other people were transported to the hospital for treatment of injures.

At this time, there’s no word on the extent of injuries involved, how many people were injured or their current conditions. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased victims and wishes speedy and full recoveries for those who were injured.

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The New York Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman, recently announced that his office sent cease and desist letters to four major retailers, GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens, for allegedly selling store brand herbal supplements that either did not contain the labeled substance, or contained ingredients that were not listed on the labels. The cease and desist letters demanded that the giant retailers to immediately stop selling the popular herbal products, including Echinacea, Ginseng, St. John’s Wort, and others.

The New York AG’s office also demanded that the retailers provide detailed information about the production, processing and testing of the herbal supplements, as well as explain in detail their production quality control measures.

The factual basis for the AG’s action is DNA testing of the herbal supplements. The DNA test results show that only 21% of the store brand herbal supplements contained DNA from the plants listed on the products’ labels, whereas 79% of the products failed to contain any DNA related to the labeled content. Walmart was by far the worst offender of all of the major retailers with only 4% of the Walmart products actually containing DNA that matched the product label.

Attorney General Schneiderman said, “this investigation makes one thing abundantly clear: the old adage ‘buyer beware’ may be especially true for consumers of herbal supplements.” He went on to say that “the DNA test results seem to confirm long-standing questions about the herbal supplement industry. Mislabeling, contamination, and false advertising are illegal. They also pose unacceptable risks to New York families–especially those with allergies to hidden ingredients. At the end of the day, American corporations must step up to the plate and ensure that their customers are getting what they pay for, especially when it involves promises of good health.”

If this is happening in New York, then it is most likely also happening everywhere else these products are sold nationwide. This creates some very serious liability for the giant retailers. It also creates some very serious potential dangers for North Carolina consumers. Those with life-threatening allergies rely on retailers to make sure that the products they sell are safe and contain what is listed on the product label. Mislabeling is one of the primary causes of serious injury and/or death to those with life-threatening allergies. If one of these products contained traces of nuts or nut oils, then the product would be a source of danger and potential injury to any person with a nut allergy.

Davis Law Group is currently interviewing individuals in North Carolina who have bought and consumed these mislabeled products, as we believe that further testing is justified to see if local retailers are also selling mislabeled products. If we are able to confirm that fake herbal supplements are being sold in North Carolina, then Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Office needs to get involved and take action like that in New York.

Class action lawsuits are also another way to stop bad corporate behavior. Although class action lawsuits have been curtailed by recent Supreme Court rulings, they are still viable in certain types of cases. If you have bought and/or consumed any of the herbal supplements from these giant retailers, feel free to contact the team at Davis Law Group for further information.

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Texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving have become a dangerous epidemic in North Carolina and across the nation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) “One Text or Call Could Wreck it All” campaign is all about raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, specifically texting behind the wheel. It only takes an instant of inattention to make a devastating, catastrophic or fatal error behind the wheel. Even just reading a text message can put your life and the lives of others on the line.

Distracted Driving Accidents in Asheville
When drivers are focusing on their cell phones, GPS software or other electronic devices, they’re not paying attention to the road. Even a cell phone conversation can be a dangerous distraction behind the wheel. Anytime a driver’s manual, visual or cognitive attention is taken away from the task of driving, they’re distracted driving. It’s not uncommon to see drivers drift out of their lanes or cross centerlines when they’re distracted. One text or call could wreck it all.

Distracted Driving Facts Across the U.S.

• In 2011, 3,360 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
• In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
• An estimated 387,000 people were injured in distracted driving wrecks in 2011.
• An estimated 421,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2012.
• Drivers in their 20’s make up over a quarter of all distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
• About 153.3 billion text messages are sent across the U.S. every month.

After a Distracted Driving Accident

Cases of distracted driving aren’t always immediately apparent to law enforcement officers on the scene, so it’s a good idea to contact a lawyer if you suspect distracted driving could have been the cause of an accident you were injured in. Whether it was a case of texting behind the wheel or talking on the phone, a distracted driving wreck can leave victims in the hospital, or worse.

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

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Approximately 230,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees are being recalled this week due to defective airbags. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, under certain circumstances, the airbags can deploy inappropriately, without a crash happening.

This is reportedly a software problem that will be fixed, so the airbags will be less likely to deploy in the absence of a crash. Models being recalled are from 2014 and 2015. Jeep owners can take their automobiles to local dealerships for the software upgrade. An additional 2 million vehicles are also being recalled at this time for similar airbag problems.

You can check the recall status of your vehicle using the VIN Look-up Tool at Safercar.gov. If you have been injured in a crash involving a defective auto part, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.