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On Monday night, two people were injured in a crash on Brevard Road. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened near the Blue Ridge Parkway at about 7:00 p.m. Very few details about the crash have been released, but we do know that it was a head-on collision between a Honda and a Toyota truck. A passenger in the Honda was ejected from the vehicle. That person was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

The driver of the Honda was reportedly charged with reckless driving. The driver in the truck was also transported to the hospital. There has been no word on the extent of injuries involved or on anybody’s current condition.

If you have been injured in a car accident in or around the Asheville area, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation today.

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Over the weekend, there were more than 100 hospital-treated injuries related to the wintery weather in the Asheville area. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Mission Hospital reported 111 total injures related to the weather from Saturday to Monday, January 7-9, 2017. Nearly a quarter of the injuries happened from falls. There were some cold exposure and hypothermia injuries, and a dozen injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes. The list below is a breakdown of injuries that were treated at Mission Hospital over the weekend. On average, 37 people were treated for weather-related injuries each day this weekend.

Winter Weather Injuries in Asheville

  • 24 Falls
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Last week, a moped driver was killed in a crash involving a semi-truck. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident occurred at about noon on Thursday in Marion. Very few details about the head-on collision between the moped and the 18-wheeler have been released, but we do know that the wreck happened on North Main Street. The truck driver was not injured in the crash, and the cause of the head-on collision is still under investigation with law enforcement officials.

Asheville Truck Accident Lawyer

Since there are additional laws and regulations associated with the trucking industry, accidents involving commercial trucking vehicles often require intensive investigative efforts. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a semi truck, big rig, 18-wheeler or other commercial trucking vehicle, contact the skilled team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. at (866) 397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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New details have emerged about the crash that took the life of an East Henderson High School senior last week. The driver involved, Matthew Schmieder, was driving on a suspended license due to multiple wrecks and speeding violations. Prior to the crash, he was trying to pass multiple cars in a no-passing zone. Initial reports indicate that Schmieder smelled like alcohol on the scene, and drug paraphernalia was found in his belongings at the hospital. East Henderson High School senior Derek Miller was killed in the collision that happened on Kanuga Road.

Fatal Hendersonville Crash

According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Schmeider could be facing second-degree murder charges and felony death by vehicle. This wreck is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement officials, and there has been no word on the extent of Schmeider’s injuries or his current condition. East Henderson High School students and community members have been grieving the loss of an exceptional and well-loved young man.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling on motorists to drive sober or get pulled over for the holiday season. They’re also reminding drivers and all passenger vehicle occupants to buckle up for every trip, every time. Sadly, this time of year is notorious for having a spike in injury causing and fatal crashes on roadways in North Carolina and across the nation.

Holiday Season Crash Statistics

  • In 2015, 840 people were killed on U.S. roadways in drunk driving crashes in the month of December.
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Last week, a teen cyclist was sideswiped by an SUV. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened as the teen was headed to the North Carolina Glass Center in the River Arts District. The teen reported that a tan SUV honked at him, and it startled him, so he moved over, thinking he was getting out of the large vehicle’s way. The SUV then moved into his space and sideswiped him, knocking him momentarily airborne and then onto the roadway. The teen was bruised, suffered from road rash and was obviously a little shaken up.

Asheville Cyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run

The driver of the SUV told the teen that he called the cops, but they said they didn’t need to come and that it was fine. The driver then shook the injured teen’s hand and left the scene. At the time, the teen took the driver for his word and didn’t know that the police should have and would have come to the scene if they were actually called. Days later, when he went to file a police report, he learned that the driver lied about calling the authorities. This was the second hit-and-run incident involving a cyclist in Asheville in the past couple of weeks.

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Last week, a teen was seriously injured in a crash on Smokey Park Highway in Candler. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Wednesday morning near the Indian Branch Road intersection. Initial reports indicate that an SUV was headed westbound, when it crossed the centerline of the roadway. The SUV struck a pickup truck, and the 17-year-old driver of the truck was ejected from the vehicle.

The teen was rushed to the hospital for treatment of a skull fracture and broken clavicle. An additional four vehicles also collided in the aftermath of the wreck. The SUV driver was charged with driving left of center. A portion of the roadway was closed until about 9:30 a.m. There has been no word on the teen’s current condition.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in Asheville or in any of the nearby communities, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897.

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Last week, a truck overturned in Madison County and spilled a cleaning agent into Shelton Laurel Creek. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Wednesday, on southbound Highway 208. For currently unknown reasons, the large truck overturned beside the roadway. The big rig was hauling a cleaning agent called Megasol at the time of the crash, and it did spill into the waterway. Although emergency management officials reportedly said the cleaning agent isn’t harmful to humans or fish, it is expected to end up in the French Broad River. At this time, we do not know what the long-term environmental impact of the spill will be.

Madison County Truck Crash

Very few details about this crash have been released, including the cause, which is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement officials. The truck driver was injured in the crash, but she is expected to be okay. Local residents in the area are concerned about the safety of eating fish caught from downstream or near the spill area.

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Last week, there was a fatal crash in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Friday morning at about 10:15 a.m. The crash, which happened in the 1600 block of Sugarloaf Road at Naomi Drive, took the life of one person and sent another to the hospital. First responders had to use the Jaws of Life to free trapped passengers.

Witness reports indicate that a vehicle hit something head on. Very few details about the crash have been released, but we do know that this particular stretch of road is well known for speeding and collisions. At this time, no information has been released about the cause of the crash or on the current condition of the injured person. This crash could still be under investigation with local authorities.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Henderson County, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release about the Volvo large truck recall that was initiated in March. According to the NHTSA, all of the nearly 16,000 recalled trucks have been identified and repaired. The trucks in question, 2016-2017 Volvo VNL, VNX and VNM heavy trucks, were recalled due to a defective steering shaft that had the potential to cause the driver to unexpectedly or suddenly experience a complete loss of steering. Thankfully, Volvo took unprecedented and innovative steps to contact and alert owners and drivers to the risks associated with the manufacturing defect.

Commercial Trucking Safety

In the U.S., the commercial trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Since big rigs, semi trucks, tractor-trailers and other commercial trucking vehicles are so much larger and heavier than passenger occupant vehicles, trucking companies and truck drivers have additional rules and regulations to follow. These regulations cover anything from proper loading procedures to mechanical and tire maintenance requirements. Large trucks can also transport hazardous, toxic and combustible materials, so trucking companies need to make sure their drivers are fully licensed and trained.

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