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Last week, the Department of Transportation (DOT) began working on a two-mile section of Highway 74A to improve traction and safety in wet weather. This particular stretch of the highway is notorious for dangerous and fatal crashes. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the initial resurfacing project was only going to take a couple of days, but they won’t be able to re-paint the lanes until the new surface hardens, which could take a few weeks.

DOT Doesn’t Report any Problems
Although the DOT conducted skid tests with no reported problems, they’ve elected to add the new sticky surface on top of the blacktop highway for added protection. The resurfacing project most likely came about after numerous complaints from motorists and the deadly crash that took the life of a toddler last year. Drivers aren’t complaining about the reduction in lanes or added traffic during the resurfacing project, because they’re hoping this will help to improve traction and safety, especially in bad weather.

U.S. Highway Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there are more than 1,700 fatalities and 840,000 injuries due to crashes on public highways each year. Hopefully, this resurfacing project will help to improve safety for North Carolinians. Drivers are still encouraged to observe all speed limits and adjust their speed appropriately when the conditions call for it. The NHTSA also recommends properly choosing and maintaining tires to help you safely navigate the roadways. They urge motorists to check tread wear and tire pressure at least once a month to make sure your vehicle is safe for icy or wet conditions.

After a Car Accident
After any kind of car accident, it’s absolutely essential to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Victims are often out of work and in the hospital. You need an advocate on your side to stay abreast of official investigations, deal with pushy insurance companies and make sure you get the compensation you deserve to get on with your life. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident because of somebody else’s negligent, careless or reckless behavior, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a case consultation today.

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The local bicycle community has been showing support for the Fairview cyclist who was injured in a crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Jaime Johnsen was seriously injured during a training ride on Wednesday evening. A vehicle turned in front of her bicycle at the Highway 74A intersection.

Jaime suffered from a fractured skull, concussion, ligament tears and other injuries. Faced with astronomical medical bills, a fellow cyclist started a gofundme.com account to raise money. The feedback and support from the local cycling community has been overwhelming.

Motorists are urged to lookout for cyclists and pedestrians. Even seemingly minor accidents can be incredibly devastating for cyclists, who don’t have the benefit of seat belts, air bags and steel safety cages. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Jaime Johnsen a full and speedy recovery from her injuries.

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On Saturday afternoon, a crash on Big Island Road in Rutherford County took the life of a 15-year-old girl. This one-car crash happened when the driver apparently lost control of his vehicle while trying to negotiate a curve on Big Island Road. The truck ran off the roadway and went down an embankment. The vehicle hit several trees before it came to rest.

WLOS ABC News Channel 13 reports that the victim was a passenger in the truck which was being driven by a 16-year-old boy who recently got his driver’s license. At this time, authorities are saying that excessive speed and inexperience were factors in this crash. Sadly, this is the second teen crash fatality in Rutherford County this year.

Teen Drivers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motor vehicle wrecks are the number one cause of death for children ages 14 to 18 years old. Sadly, nearly half of all teen drivers involved in crashes die. The NHTSA encourages parents to talk to their children about safety behind the wheel. Parents can find great resources at Safercar.gov’s “5 to Drive” site. They offer great ways to start a dialogue about five important safety topics for teen drivers, including distracted driving, extra passengers, speeding, alcohol and seat belts usage.

Excessive Speed

Speed limits are posted to keep roadway users safe. On average, 1,000 people are killed in crashes involving high speed each month, across the country. The NHTSA reports that 32 percent of all drivers aged 15 to 24 years old involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the wreck. For drivers under the age of 21 involved in fatal crashes, 38 percent of male drivers were speeding and 24 percent of female drivers were speeding at the time of the crash.

The death of a community member can be incredibly devastating, but even more so when children and young adults lose their lives. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members, friends and classmates of the 15-year-old girl who lost her life in this wreck.

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Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are urging drivers to put down their cell phones. In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers. Teen drivers, and their parents, are encouraged to take “The Pledge” to protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

It’s critical to note that while cell phones are easily the most popular form of distraction behind the wheel, other behaviors and items can serve as distractions too. Any task that takes a driver’s cognitive, manual or visual attention away from driving is considered a distraction. Eating food, changing the radio station and day dreaming are all types of distractions behind the wheel. Commit to driving distraction free this summer and all year long. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. today.

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Law enforcement officers are still investigating the hit-and-run crash that critically injured a pedestrian on Sunday morning. The incident happened in Fletcher, on Souther Road in the Hoopers Creek area. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Brian Capps was struck and dragged by a vehicle, after leaving a party on foot. Thankfully, his friends went out looking for him. He was swiftly transported to Mission Hospital and is in an intensive care unit.

Had his friends not thought to go looking for him, he could have died on the scene. The father of three isn’t out of the woods yet, and the community is calling on the hit-and-run driver to come forward. Officials with the North Carolina Highway Patrol are still investigating this terrible wreck. There is currently no information on the extent of Capps’ injuries.

Asheville Pedestrian Accidents
This isn’t the first pedestrian crash we’ve seen this summer. Just a few weeks ago, a pedestrian was struck and killed on Kimberly Avenue. Before that, a child was struck on Highway 70. With more pedestrians and cyclists sharing the road during the warm summer months, drivers need to recognize that “Everyone is a Pedestrian.” This mindset can help drivers to be more safety conscious and proactive behind the wheel.

Danger for Pedestrians

In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes. Sadly, pedestrians are one of the few roadway-user groups who continue to see an increase in fatalities and injuries each year. This disturbing news has been linked with issues like distracted and impaired driving. If drivers are impaired or not paying attention to the road, they’re likely to strike pedestrians, cyclists or other roadway users.

What to do After an Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Pedestrian accidents are complicated enough, without hit-and-run drivers on the loose, so it’s important to have a skilled lawyer on your side. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Brian Capps a full and speedy recovery from his injuries.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is offering drivers and cyclists tips to keep the roadways safe this summer. In a recently issued press release, they’re encouraging bicyclists and drivers to “think safe, ride safe, be safe!

Tips for Bicyclists
• Always wear a helmet.
• Ride alert.
• Be visible.
• Check your bicycle for safety issues.
• Observe traffic signs and signals like an automobile driver would.
• Be predictable.

Tips for Drivers

• Signal your intentions, and be predictable.
• Turn off cell phones.
• Obey speed limits, signs and signals.
• Allow plenty of room when passing cyclists.
• Yield to cyclists.
• Stop completely before turning right on red, and always check behind you for approaching cyclists.

If you or a loved one is injured while cycling this summer, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

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On Monday afternoon, a fatal crash in Candler took the life of 15-year-old Christopher Taylor. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the one-car collision happened at Reeves Cove Road. Law enforcement officials report that the driver, another teen, lost control of the vehicle, over corrected and then struck a tree. Taylor was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver was taken to the hospital and treated for injuries. No charges have been filed, but the wreck remains under investigation.

Taylor was a football player at Enka High School, and had attended a practice session earlier in the day. He was going to start his sophomore school year this fall. The school district will be providing crisis support personal and counseling services for any students or staff members that request them.

Teens Injured in Car Accidents
Although young people, ages 15-24 years old, only represent 14 percent of the population, they account for 30 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females.

U.S. Teen Driver Safety Facts
• In 2010, seven teens, ages 16 to 19 years old, died from motor vehicle wrecks each day.
• Per vehicle mile driven, teen drivers are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.
• In 2010, 2,700 teens, ages 16 to 19, were killed in car crashes.
• Nearly 282,000 teens were treated for injuries resulting from car accidents in 2010.

Risk Factors for Teen Drivers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that there are three risk factors which can greatly increase the risk for motor vehicle crashes involving teen drivers. Risk factors include newly licensed teens, male teen drivers and passengers and teens driving with teen passengers.

Teen Driver Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers teens and parents a variety of resources to improve teen driver safety. Their “Parents Central” area has in-depth information on some of the most common safety problems novice drivers are likely to face. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members, friends and classmates of Christopher Taylor.

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Another crash involving an overturned vehicle happened on I-26. Earlier this week, we reported on the semi truck that overturned in Polk County. This time, the vehicle in question was a SUV. The incident happened at about 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, in the eastbound lanes, near the exit for Brevard Road. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, at least two people were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Very little information about this crash has been released.

There’s no word on the cause of the wreck or whether or not any other vehicles were involved. Thankfully, emergency crews were quickly on the scene, and the injuries didn’t appear to be life threatening. If you or a loved one is injured because of somebody else’s reckless or negligent behavior behind the wheel, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A.

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On Tuesday afternoon, an overturned 18-wheeler had traffic backed up in Polk County. The incident happened on I-26 near the Saluda exit (exit 59). According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the big rig was hauling water when it blew a tire. Apparently, the rig struck the overpass and then overturned. First responders were swiftly on the scene, where at least one person was trapped by the wreckage. Crews also had to deal with a fuel spill. One person was taken to Pardee Hospital.

Traffic Backed up in Polk County

All westbound lanes had to be closed for first responders and cleanup crews. Traffic was diverted onto Highway 176 through Saluda. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), all lanes were expected to be open again by about 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night. There’s no information on the extent of injuries involved or the victim’s current condition. Very little information has been released about this crash, which is likely still under investigation with authorities.

Motor Carrier Safety Across the U.S.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) primary mission is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. Since semi trucks and tractor trailers can weigh in excess of five tons, safe driving and management practices are top priorities for the FMCSA. In addition to regulations about driver fitness, hours of service and safe cargo handling, there are also regulations regarding the use of hand-held mobile phones while operating certain commercial vehicles. The FMCSA’s website has a variety of safety resources for consumers too.

After a Truck Accident
Cases involving commercial trucks are much more complicated than traditional automobile accidents. After an accident involving a big rig, it’s important to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Since commercial trucking companies and drivers have to adhere to a variety of federal trucking laws and regulations, it is often necessary to conduct an additional accident investigation. Federal trucking laws were put in place to keep roadway users safe. Semi trucks are so much larger and heavier than traditional passenger vehicles, so it’s absolutely critical that trucking companies and commercial drivers play by the rules. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a tractor trailer, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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Earlier this week, a crash involving a moped in East Flat Rock sent two people to the hospital. The collision happened on Spartanburg Highway (Highway 176), near the General Electric plant. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a Lincoln struck a moped sometime before 9:00 a.m. The Moped went flying into pared cars and caught fire. The Lincoln rolled down the street and struck a power pole.

The 24-year old moped rider, Christopher Jackson, was air lifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. There’s no word on the extent of his injuries or his current condition. WLOS ABC News did report that the Lincoln was going about 80 miles per hour when it struck the moped. This wreck is still under investigation with law enforcement authorities. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Mr. Jackson a speedy and full recovery from his injuries.