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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.

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On Monday afternoon, a semi truck crashed on US-70 near Swannanoa. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 3:40 p.m. near Avery Wood Drive, between Swannanoa and Black Mountain. Apparently, the truck driver tried to speed up in an attempt to avoid a falling tree. Unable to miss the tree, the large tractor trailer struck the downed tree.

Traffic Backed Up on US-70
The roadway was closed as crews worked the scene, and traffic was backed up in both directions. Thankfully, no other automobiles were involved in this big rig crash, but there’s no word on whether or not the truck driver sustained any injuries in the crash or what his current condition is.

Tractor Trailer Crashes in Asheville
Crashes involving semi trucks can be incredibly devastating for drivers and passengers in smaller passenger occupant vehicles. Commercial trucks are much larger and heavier than light cars and trucks. They don’t stop on a dime, and sometimes, they carry hazardous and flammable materials. Crashes involving large trucks are also complicated from a legal standpoint. Truck drivers and commercial trucking agencies have additional rules and regulations to follow for safe roadway operation.

Commercial Trucking Safety Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency tasked with regulating the trucking industry. Drivers have to comply with hours of service laws, certain medical requirements and strict drug and alcohol laws. Tractor trailer drivers owe a duty of safety to other roadway users. Their vehicles are simply too big for there to be any room for error. If you’ve been involved in a crash involving a semi truck, you’re in for a lengthy investigative process that involves multiple investigating agencies. Due to the additional regulations, semi truck accident cases are much more complex than traditional car accident cases.

After a Semi Truck Crash

After any kind of truck crash, you need to take care of your health first. Once your injuries have been medically evaluated and treated, your next priority needs to be contacting a skilled personal injury lawyer with truck accident experience. Contact the team at Davis Law Group, P.A. today at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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On Wednesday morning, three separate crashes happened on I-26 in South Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the initial wreck was a rollover crash involving a truck. The first crash happened just after 8:00 a.m., near Exit 33 to Brevard Road. The driver of the truck was ejected, when the vehicle rolled over. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of a severe head injury.

There were at least two other wrecks in the area following the initial crash. Very few details have been released about the crashes, which are likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. Traffic was backed up for hours as crews worked the scenes. At this time, there’s no word on the truck driver’s condition.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes the victims full and speedy recoveries from their injuries.

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With the weather conditions quickly deteriorating, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has some important driving tips for safely navigating wintery roadways. Although many drivers in Asheville consider themselves seasoned and savvy winter weather drivers, icy roads and distracted or inexperienced drivers can be a recipe for disaster.

When You Can, Stay Home

The NHTSA encourages drivers to stay home, if possible. Unfortunately, you can’t protect yourself in every possible situation, even if you are a good winter weather driver. There are still going to be inexperienced or dangerous drivers taking to the roadways in bad weather, putting other motorists and themselves at great risk. If you can’t stay off of the roadways in poor weather conditions, the NHTSA has a few tips to help you get where you’re going safely.

NHTSA’s Winter Weather Safe Driving Tips
• Before leaving, clear snow and ice from windows, windshields and lights.
• Always buckle up, and make sure children are in age and size appropriate child safety seats.
• Drive slowly.
• Don’t text behind the wheel.
• Focus on the road.
• Know your brakes.

When You’re in Trouble
You should know what kind of brakes you have. If you have antilock breaks, apply firm continuous pressure. If you don’t have antilock brakes, pump them gently. If you’re car is skidding, try to remain calm. The NHTSA recommends easing your foot off of the gas carefully, while steering in the direction you want the front of your automobile to go. Stay off of the pedals until you regain control of the vehicle.

If You’re Stranded
• Stay with your car and don’t overexert yourself.
• Put bright markers on the antenna and windows.
• Leave the interior dome light on.
• To avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide, don’t run your car for long periods of time with the windows up.

Car Accidents in Asheville

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving icy roads or winter weather, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today, and stay abreast of the latest weather conditions with WLOS ABC News Channel 13. If you have to travel, slow down and drive safely.

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On Wednesday morning, a Landrum High School student was killed in a one-car crash on Highway 11. The incident happened at about 7:30 a.m. on Highway 11. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, 17-year-old Jordan Powell was on his way to school when he over-corrected his Honda Civic and drove off of the side of the road.

Powell was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and he was ejected from the vehicle. He died on the scene. Classmates visited the site of the crash to reflect on the wreck and the loss of their friend.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Jordan Powell’s family members, friends, classmates and football teammates.

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Early Sunday morning, a single-car crash on I-40 killed one person and injured another in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the eastbound lane near mile marker 48, near the Farmer’s Market. For currently unknown reasons, the 2000 Chevy Camaro left the roadway and struck a patch of trees. The 29-year-old driver, Andrew Anderson of Weaverville, was killed in the crash. The passenger, 33-year-old Alan Morgan of Etowah, was injured in the crash.

Fatal Crash Under Investigation

At this time, there’s no word on why the car left the roadway. Additionally, there’s no word on Morgan’s condition, but his injuries were initially described as non-life threatening. As of Monday morning, the crash was still under investigation with the Asheville Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit. At that time, no charges had been filed in the case.

DOT’s 2013 Traffic Fatality Numbers
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release regarding the number of roadway crash fatalities in 2013. There’s good news. Fatality rates are at a historic low. They have declined nearly 25 percent over the past decade. Additionally, there was a 3.1 percent decrease in traffic crash fatalities in 2013 from 2012.

2013 Traffic Crash Facts
• In 2013, 32,719 people were killed in traffic crashes across the nation.
• The number of injuries in traffic crashes declined by 2.1 percent from 2012 to 2013.
• Pedestrian fatalities increased by 1.2 percent, the highest since 2006.
• An estimated 424,000 people were injured in distraction-related crashes in 2013.

After a Car Accident

After any kind of car accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney. A lawyer can stay on top of official investigative details and be your family’s advocate during a difficult time. Whether you’ve lost a loved one in a semi truck crash or a distracted driver has injured you, an experienced lawyer can be an indispensable asset.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Andrew Anderson and wishes Alan Morgan a full and speedy recovery from his injuries.

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On Wednesday morning, a fire truck crash in Hendersonville sent two firefighters to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at around 8:00 a.m., when the fire truck was responding to a nearby crash. The fire truck left the roadway and went down an embankment.

Two of the injured firefighters had to be carried on stretchers back up to the roadway. One of the firefighters had to be admitted to Mission Hospital for treatment of a broken collarbone and internal injuries. He was listed in stable condition though. At this time, the crash is being blamed on icy roadway conditions.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes the injured first responders full and speedy recoveries.

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In the early morning hours, a person was killed in a one-car crash in Greenville, South Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Latimer Ridge Road, near Honea Path at about 1:22 a.m. For currently unknown reasons, the 2001 GMC pickup truck left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver was killed, and his or her name has not yet been released.

Driver Not Wearing Seat Belt

Sadly, WLOS ABC News Channel 13 also reports that the driver was not buckled up at the time of the crash. Very few details have been released, as the cause of the crash is still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

U.S. Seat Belt Safety Facts
• In 2012, seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 lives.
• From 2008 to 2012, almost 63,000 lives were saved thanks to seat belts.
• In 2012, an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved if all unrestrained occupants ages five and older were buckled up at the time of their crashes.
• 66 percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed in car crashes were not buckled up.
• 62 percent of 18 to 34-year-old passenger vehicle occupants killed in car crashes were not buckled up.

Seat Belt Safety in Asheville
Improving seat belt safety in North Carolina and across the country needs to be a top priority for motorists. Drivers should always set a good example for passengers of all ages by using their seat belts for every trip. Since a large majority of passenger occupants are also children, size and age-appropriate restraint systems should always be utilized, whether it’s a rear-facing car seat or a booster seat. Improving roadway safety for communities in Greenville and the surrounding areas starts with buckling up.

Fatal and Injury Causing Crashes

Fatal and injury-causing crashes are devastating for families and communities in and around Asheville and Greenville. Whether you’re recovering from an accident, or you’ve lost a loved one, an experienced legal team can help to answer your questions and be your advocate during a difficult time. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the victim.

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On Monday evening, a 22-year-old Mauldin police officer was killed in a motorcycle crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at the intersection of West Butler Road and Cary Street.

For currently unknown reasons, Austin Gotowka lost control of his bike and slid through the intersection. There was another vehicle involved, but there’s no word on what happened with that vehicle. As of Tuesday, the driver had not been cited, but very few details have been released about the investigation. Gotowka was wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck.

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