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Earlier this week, there was a crash involving a Buncombe County school bus in Candler. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Monday morning in the 1850 block of Pisgah Highway, near the Davis Creek Road intersection. Initial reports indicate that a Jeep Compass struck the Enka Intermediate School bus.

The driver of the Jeep was reportedly trying to pass the bus in a no passing zone at the time of the collision. There were three students on the bus at the time of the crash. Thankfully, no student injuries were reported on the scene. The driver of the Jeep was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. That person was cited for reckless driving, and could be facing additional charges or citations.

If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-279-7799 for a free consultation.

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On Monday afternoon, there was a crash involving a large truck in Waynesville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Raccoon Road. Very few details about this wreck have been released, but we do know that a driver reportedly lost control of a Consolidated Waste Services (CWS) truck before the vehicle left the roadway and landed in a ditch. Thankfully, no injuries were reported on the scene. Initial reports indicate that the truck may have had a blown tire prior to the crash. A portion of the roadway had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene.

Tire Safety on Large Trucks

Large commercial trucking vehicles have additional rules and regulations to follow for safe roadway operation. These trucks are much larger and heavier than traditional passenger occupant vehicles, and sometimes they haul hazardous and volatile chemicals. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has regulations associated with the care and maintenance of tires on large trucks. Since a blowout on a large truck can spell disaster, it’s essential that all tires be appropriately maintained. After any kind of large truck crash involving a blown tire, it will be necessary to determine if the tires were the right size for the vehicle’s size and weight, and that they were maintained within the regulatory standards for safe trucking operations.

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Authorities in Hendersonville are taking a look at the intersection where a deadly motorcycle crash happened on Tuesday. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Tuesday night’s fatal motorcycle crash isn’t the first of its kind at the intersection for Glover and Spartanburg Highway. Over the past two and a half years, there have been three fatal wrecks at this particular intersection.

Drivers in the area also report that this intersection is particularly dangerous. There is a fence on the left side of the roadway and a rail on the right side. Additionally, there’s also a hill just before the intersection, meaning that it’s possible to pull out into the intersection without realizing that there is fast moving oncoming traffic.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased motorcyclist, Lester Odail Espinoza Najera.

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It’s no secret that speeding is a dangerous behavior behind the wheel, but motorists in North Carolina and across the U.S. are still driving too fast. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is cracking down on speeding offenders and other dangerous drivers this week. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, State Troopers are going to be out in full force cracking down on dangerous drivers. “Operation Slow Down” will run until Sunday, April 20th. State Troopers will be utilizing unmarked and marked patrol vehicles to catch speeders on highways and interstates across North Carolina. According to The Dispatch, over 19,581 citations were issued for a variety of traffic violations during last year’s Operation Slow Down.

Speeding: Just the Facts

• In 2011, 9,944 people died in speeding-related crashes.

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cell phones while driving ban.jpgLast week, a coalition of safety chiefs from all across the country convened to discuss ways to reduce the steadily rising number of deaths and injuries in car crashes caused by cell phone use. This group, the Governors Highway Safety Association, caries some serious clout. Each member is the chief safety officer of his/her respective state.

While some states have enacted laws to curb the use of cell phones, most states have been hesitant to take action because of legislative fears from a public outcry. The statistics are beyond shocking:

2,600 people are killed each year as a result of using cellphones while driving. estimates are that another 330,000 are injured.

21% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage. This result has been expected to grow as much as 4% every year.

Talking on a cell phone causes nearly 25% of car accidents. Source: the National Safety Counsel

4 out of every 5 accidents (80%) are attributed to distracted drivers. In contrast, drunk drivers account for roughly 1 out of 3 (33%) of all accidents nationally.

Texting while driving is about 6 times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated.
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Poison.jpgIf you are like us, you’re sick and tired, sometimes literally, of dangerous chemicals creeping into your home while filling the pesticide industry’s deep pockets in the process.

The EPA allows the pesticide industry to keep secret thousands of harmful chemicals that they use in their products. They call them “inert.” The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has discovered what some of these chemicals are, and some cause cancer, genetic damage, reproductive harm, and other serious health problems.

Inert? Do these greedy executives need a dictionary?

Health & safety advocates have been pushing the pesticide industry to disclose these secret ingredients in their household products for over twenty years, but the pesticide industry keeps refusing. These are products like Front Line, Raid and Round-Up that you can buy at Lowes or Home Depot. But now, the new, improved EPA is listening. Your opportunity to speak out in support of EPA’s plan to require pesticide companies to disclose all ingredients ends this week.

Demand your right to know what pesticide companies are exposing you to!

Follow this link and sign the petition today.
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With the last of the snow from the blizzard of 2009 slowly melting away, children will soon be wanting to get outside with some of their Christmas bounty. If your household is like mine, at least one of your kids got something from someone that they can ride.

Riding toys were always my favorites, whether it was a tricycle, bicycle, big wheel, scooter or skateboard, riding toys were always, and still are, GREAT fun! But that fun can come at a price, and the price can sometimes be a trip to the Emergency Room, especially if your child is not wearing a helmet.

The latest data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission indicates that riding toys, including non-motorized toys, are associated with more Emergency Room visits among all ages of children (67,700 or 26%) than any other catagory of toy. Non-motorized scooters accounted for over 51,000 (83%) of riding toy related injuries. Almost 50% of the Emergeny Room treated injuries were to the head and face area.