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AT&T has recently launched a new app that will help to discourage distracted driving. The “DriveMode” app is designed to automatically send a reply to incoming text messages when the vehicle begins moving at 25 miles per hour. It also disables the noise alerts for text messages that might make checking a message tempting for drivers.

Additionally, calls in or out will also be disabled, except for 911, and up to five contacts that you can put on your “allow list.” Motorists can download the app through Google Play, BlackBerry App World and the AT&T AppCenter.

Although this app doesn’t address every possible way a driver could be distracted behind the wheel, it may help to create awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Developers are also hoping that this app will encourage other drivers to take the “Don’t Text and Drive” pledge. If a distracted driver has injured you, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. today.

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On Monday, a tow truck driver from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, was killed after being struck by a motorist on I-95, near Wilson. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near exit 116. The 44-year-old tow truck driver, Jeffery Allen Rackley, was responding to a family’s call of a broken down van on the interstate. As he was preparing to load the vehicle onto his truck, a motorist ran off the roadway, hit the disabled van and struck Rackley.

Driver Charged with Felony

Very few details have been released about the developing case, but the driver was charged with felony failure to move over, causing serious injury or death, misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and reckless driving. At this time, there’s no word on why the driver left his lane and struck Rackley and the broken down vehicle. The 67-year-old driver, Paul Joseph Dattari, was reportedly released on a $5,000 bond.

Move Over for Safety

In North Carolina, there is a “move over” law, which requires drivers to move over one lane or reduce speed for emergency response vehicles on the side of the highway. This includes public service vehicles with amber lights too. Anytime a motorist is broken down on the side of the road, whether or not first responders or tow trucks are on the scene, it’s a good idea to move over or slow down. This practice helps to keep vulnerable roadway users who may be outside of their vehicles safe.

Distracted Driving in North Carolina

Although very few details have been released, law enforcement officers may be looking into distracted driving as a potential factor. When a driver leaves his or her lane, it could be due to distracted, impaired or reckless driving. Sometimes, it takes additional investigative efforts to determine if somebody was distracted at the time of the crash, so it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after a fatal accident. A lawyer can stay on top of investigative developments and be an advocate for families after the crash. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Jeffery Allen Rackley.

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On Tuesday night, a child was struck by a car in Greenville, South Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around 8:15 p.m. on Conestee Road. For currently unknown reasons, the young boy was hit while trying to cross the road. Thankfully, the driver remained on the scene, but there’s no word on whether or not charges have been filed at this time.

Additionally, no information has been released on the age of the child, his current condition or the extent of his injuries. Very few details about the collision have been released, which may still be under investigation. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes the young pedestrian a full and speedy recovery from his injuries.

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On Friday afternoon, a head-on collision took the life of one woman and sent four children to the hospital. According to the Times News Online, the incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. For currently unknown reasons, 72-year-old Isabell Davis Laughter’s car crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic near the Sunny View community and Garret Road. Her car struck a Ford SUV head on. She was killed in the crash, and the other driver suffered from a broken collarbone.

Two Children Airlifted to Hospital

Laughter was reportedly unbelted at the time of the wreck, and two of the four children in her car had to be airlifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of critical injuries. The other two children involved in the crash were transported to Spartanburg Regional Hospital. There is also some speculation that at least two of the minor passengers were unbuckled at the time of the crash. The roadway had to be closed for hours as first responders and crews worked the scene. Very few details have been released about this two-car crash, which is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

Buckle Up Your Giblets

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently trying to get the word out about their seatbelt safety campaign, “Buckling up Could Save Your Giblets.” This holiday weekend and all year long, motorists and their passengers are being encouraged to buckle up. Using your seat belt for every trip, no matter how short, is the single most effective way to improve your safety in the event of a wreck. Unfortunately, one in seven adults still do not wear seat belts on every trip, even though seat belts reduce serious injuries and death in crashes by about 50 percent.

Recovering from a Head-On Collision

At this time, there’s no word on the extent of injuries involved or the current conditions of the injured children. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Isabell Davis Laughter and wishes speedy and full recoveries to all of the recovering victims.

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On Tuesday morning, a woman had to be airlifted to Mission Hospital after she rear-ended a school bus in Henderson County. According to the Times-News Online, there were about 20 children on the bus at the time of the crash. The incident happened at about 7:36 a.m., when a school bus stopped to pickup students at Ferenvilla Drive. Another school bus stopped behind that bus, and was suddenly rear-ended by a small car.

Very few details have been released about how this crash happened. Why didn’t the driver stop in time? Could it have been a case of distracted driving? Was the driver unable to stop due to a mechanical problem? At least one child was taken to the hospital for evaluation, and the woman driver’s injuries were described as “non-life-threatening.” The driver was reportedly charged with failing to reduce speed.

The attorneys and staff at Davis Law Group, P.A. have helped thousands who have been involved in serious motor vehicle crashes involving buses, trucks, motorcycles and cars. The firm’s attorneys are glad to answer any questions you have. Remember, if you are involved in a wreck, you should always talk to an attorney before you talk with an insurance company.

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On Sunday night, a semi truck caught fire on Interstate 40 in McDowell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. near mile marker 79. Portions of the interstate roadway had to be shut down for nearly seven hours. Crews were on the scene, near the Old Fort and Sugar Hill Road areas, working through the night.

Lanes Reopened for Morning Commuters

Very few details have been released, but this appears to have been a one-vehicle crash. It’s unclear whether the tractor-trailer crashed and then caught fire, or if the fire started independently of a crash. Crews had the all of the eastbound lanes open by about 4:30 a.m., just in time for the morning commuters. Thankfully and surprisingly, no injuries were immediately reported with this fiery semi truck crash.

Transporting Hazardous Materials

At this time, there’s no information on what the tractor-trailer was hauling, and there’s still no word on how exactly the fire got started. Was the fire caused by some type of hazardous material or caused as a result of the fuel in the tank? All commercial trucks have additional rules and regulations to follow, but trucks hauling hazardous and flammable materials have even stricter rules and guidelines. Big rigs carrying certain types of hazardous materials have to maintain a higher level of safety and retain and keep HazMat certifications and permits.

Semi Truck Crashes in North Carolina

Thankfully, there were no injuries reported in this fiery tractor-trailer crash. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case for many people who are involved in big rig crashes in North Carolina and across the country. Since commercial vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, they can do a considerable amount of damage in the event of a wreck. They don’t stop on a dime, and smaller passenger vehicles just don’t stand much of a chance when crashes involve semi trucks. This is why commercial drivers and trucking companies have additional rules and regulations to follow. If you or a loved one has been injured in a big rig crash, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free case consultation today.

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On Wednesday afternoon, a high-speed motorcycle chase ended in a wreck in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident began on New Liecester Highway, when an 18-year-old motorcycle rider failed to stop for authorities.

Very few details have been released, but officials did report that the chase ended in a crash on Monte Vista Road. Law enforcement officers and first responders were on the scene, but there’s no word on whether or not the rider or anybody else was injured in the crash, or if other vehicles were involved. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 did report that there were charges pending against the motorcyclist.

High-speed chases can endanger and injure other roadway users and innocent bystanders. If you or a loved one has been injured due to somebody else’s reckless, careless or willfully dangerous behavior, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

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Last week, an 18-wheeler overturned on US-25 South in Greenville, SC. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13’s Facebook page, the incident happened near Gap Creek Road, just over the state line. For currently unknown reasons, the large truck overturned on the side of the roadway. Very few details have been released, but injuries were reported on the scene.

There’s no word on whether or not this was a one-vehicle crash or if other cars or trucks were involved. Motorists were asked to avoid the area as crews responded to the crash and worked the scene. Additionally, no information has been released on the victim or victims and the extent of injuries involved.

Semi Truck Crashes in Asheville
Wrecks involving commercial trucks can leave victims in the hospital or worse. Semi trucks, 18-wheelers, tanker trucks and large tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. They can’t stop on a dime, and they can do considerable damage to smaller passenger occupant vehicles on the roadway. Because commercial trucks are so large and heavy, they have additional rules and regulations to follow. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the department responsible for regulating the commercial trucking industry to ensure safety for all roadway users.

Investigating a Tractor Trailer Crash
A comprehensive and in-depth accident investigation following a wreck with a semi truck is absolutely essential. Since commercial trucking companies and big-rig drivers have additional rules and regulations to follow, investigations can take longer than for crashes that only involve smaller vehicles. It’s important to have an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side. An attorney can stay abreast of official investigative developments and help to determine if a driver or trucking company was violating any safety regulations at the time of the crash.

When to Call an Asheville Truck Accident Lawyer
Recovering from an accident involving a semi truck can be expensive, painful and time consuming. After a big-rig accident, you need to contact an experienced lawyer who can be your advocate during a difficult time. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free case consultation today.

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WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on the distracted driving epidemic in Asheville. After AT&T released the disturbing results of a survey showing that 98 percent of drivers who text at least once a day, said they know texting while driving is dangerous, but 75 percent of them do it anyway.

Reporters went to a busy intersection in Asheville to get the scoop on local distracted driving behaviors. They saw about 10 texters in 10 minutes, and talked to local motorists about the impacts of distracted driving. Making a commitment to distraction-free driving is an important part of keeping roadways safe in Asheville and across the state.

There are even a variety of anti-distracted driving apps available. If a distracted driver has injured you or a loved one, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation today.

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On Saturday afternoon, a one-car crash in Buncombe County ended with a teen’s car in the Swannanoa River. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident occurred near the 90 block of Thompson Street. The 19-year-old driver reportedly swerved to miss an oncoming car and then overcorrected, sending her vehicle into the river. She did sustain minor injuries, and she was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Car Crash Investigation in Buncombe County

At this time, very few details have been released about the crash. There’s no word on what the other car involved was doing or why the teen driver had to swerve out of the way at the last minute. Could this have been a case of distracted driving? The cause of this crash is likely still under investigation with authorities.

National Teen Driver Safety Week
National Teen Driver Safety Week was from October 19 – 25, this year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publicized their annual campaign and also made a variety of educational materials available to teens and their parents. This issue is a top priority, because car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens across the U.S.

The Dangers Facing Teen Drivers

In September, we reported on the top five safety concerns for teen drivers. In addition to driver inexperience, teens have a variety of safety issues to be aware of or avoid behind the wheel. Many teen drivers and parents may not be aware that the addition of peer passengers in the car can greatly increase the risk for automobile accidents. Listed below are the top five safety concerns for teen drivers.

Dangers Facing Teens Behind the Wheel

• Drinking and driving • Buckling up for every trip • Distracted driving • Speeding
• Having peer passengers in the car

Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are urging parents to talk to their teen drivers about issues like distracted and impaired driving. A driver’s education class just isn’t enough. Parents are also encouraged to make contracts with their kids to increase the likelihood of safe driving behaviors. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes the injured teen driver a quick and full recovery from her injuries.