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On Saturday, there was a fatal wrong-way crash on Interstate 26 (U.S.-19) in Woodfin. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened between exit 24 and 25. Very little information has been released, but we do know that 73-year-old Jimmy Davis of Nashville was headed the wrong way on U.S.-19 North in the southbound lane, when his vehicle hit another vehicle head-on. Davis, a passenger in his vehicle and the other driver were all rushed to Mission Hospital for treatment. Davis did not survive his injuries.

This head-on collision is still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. There has been no word on the extent of injuries involved or on the conditions of the passenger or the other driver. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Davis’ family members and friends.

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Over the weekend, icy conditions in and around Asheville had traffic at a standstill on many local roadways. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, some drivers were stuck on primary roads, highways and interstates for hours at a time. Some roads, including Interstate 40 at the bottom of Old Fort Mountain, had to be closed for safety. Highway patrol troopers in Western North Carolina report nearly 400 calls for service during the wintery weather conditions. Some of the roads were so slippery that first responders couldn’t get to the wreckage. Many people abandoned their vehicles to walk home in the cold. Listed below are AAA’s tips for safe driving in winter weather conditions.

AAA’s Tips For Winter Weather Driving Safety

  • Stay home, if you can.
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Over the weekend, NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Jack Ingram was seriously injured in a crash in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Amboy Road, at the intersection of Short Michigan Avenue at Carrier Park. Very few details have been released about the crash, but we do know that it happened just a few hundred feet away from the former Asheville speedway. There has been no word on the cause of the crash, although initial reports indicate that Ingram’s vehicle was hit on Amboy Road. First responders rushed to the scene and Ingram was taken to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Driver Injured in Asheville

In 2014, Jack Ingram was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He was a legendary driver at the Asheville Speedway for many years. At the time of the news report, he was in the intensive care unit. No information has been released on his current condition or the full extent of injuries involved. No other major injuries were reported with this crash. The cause of this wreck is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

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Over the weekend, there were a few wrecks on I-26 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, there was at least one injury crash on I-26 in Buncombe County. With additional holiday traffic, the roadways in and around Asheville were very busy. Traffic was at a standstill in westbound lanes of I-26 near the Airport Road exit on Sunday.

An additional wreck was reported near Brevard Road. No information was released on whether or not any injuries were involved in that crash. Motorists in the area were told to expect delays for most of the day. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in or around the Asheville area, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-279-7799 for a free case consultation today.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual Thanksgiving safety campaign. Their “Make It To The Table” campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers associated with drinking and driving. Traditionally, Thanksgiving eve has been known for an increase in injury causing and fatal crashes involving drunk drivers. According to the NHTSA, Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday on U.S. roadways. This year, they’re reminding motorists that even one empty seat at the table is one too many.

Thanksgiving Crash Facts

  • During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2015, there were 301 passenger vehicle occupants killed in U.S. crashes.
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On Sunday night, there was an injury crash on Interstate 26 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, at least two people were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Traffic was backed up for miles as crews and first responders worked the scene. There has been no word on the cause of the crash or if citations or charges have been made. This wreck is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a dangerous or distracted driver in or around the Asheville area, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-279-7799 for a free case consultation.

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Last week, there was a single-vehicle injury crash in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Butler Bridge Road at Yadkin Road, sometime before 10:00 a.m. For currently unknown reasons, a pickup truck left the roadway, plowed through a mailbox and hit a tree. First responders had to extricate one of the passengers from the wreckage. That person was transported to Mission Hospital.

Two other people were transported to Park Ridge Hospital for treatment of injuries. Thankfully, their injuries were described as non-life threatening. There has been no word on the cause of the crash, which is likely still under investigation with law enforcement officials. If you have been injured in a car accident in Asheville or in any of the surrounding Western North Carolina communities, contact the skilled Personal Injury team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-279-7799 for a free case consultation.

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The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is currently publicizing their safety campaign regarding the upcoming solar eclipse. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the State Highway Patrol is calling on motorists to put safety first on North Carolina roadways during this busy event. They have a variety of tips for locals and travelers who will be in North Carolina for the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. In addition to local drivers, they’re also expecting plenty of traffic due to people traveling to see the eclipse from certain areas in Western North Carolina. Listed below are some of the State Highway Patrol’s safety tips for the upcoming solar eclipse.

State Highway Patrol Pre and Post-Eclipse Safety Tips

  • Arrive to your viewing destination early.
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Over the weekend, a single-vehicle crash knocked out power for about 1,000 customers in McDowell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Burma Road in West Marion. For currently unknown reasons, a vehicle struck a utility pole, just before 10:00 p.m. Thankfully, no injuries were reported in this wreck, but outages were expected until about 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

At this time there has been no word on the cause of the crash, which could still be under investigation with local law enforcement officials. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a dangerous, distracted or impaired driver in Asheville or in any of the surrounding Western North Carolina communities, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-279-7799 for a free case consultation today.

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North Carolina ranks number eight in the nation for fatalities on rural roads. North Carolina isn’t the only state in the region to have high rural road fatality rates. According to TRIP, a National Transportation Research Group, South Carolina has the highest rate of rural road fatalities in the U.S. WLOS ABC News Channel 13, recently reported on the data, that found 10 percent of North Carolina’s rural roads are in poor condition. Additionally, the state also comes in at 16th in the U.S. for poor bridge construction. A variety of different variables were assessed in their report titled, “Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland.” Safety advocated aren’t happy about the news, but they’re hoping that with recommended strategies, safety on rural roads in North Carolina can improve for motorists and roadway users.

Rural Road Safety Across The Nation

The TRIP report found that 15 percent of rural roads across the nation are in poor condition. Less than half were found to be in good condition, with many falling into the mediocre and fair condition categories. Additionally 10 percent of bridges on U.S. rural roads were found to be structurally deficient. Another disturbing finding from the report was that traffic crashes and fatalities on rural non-interstate roads were reported at a disproportionately high rate. Their fatality rates were two-and-a-half times higher than on other roadways.

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