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On Tuesday morning, there was a tractor-trailer crash in Swain County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Highway 19 at about 6:00 a.m. Very few details about the semi-truck crash have been released, but we do know that the big rig overturned in the Nantahala Gorge area, near the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Initial reports indicate that the roadway was closed for a period of time near Silvermine Road. Traffic in the area had to be detoured to alternate routes as crews and first responders worked the scene.

Western North Carolina Big Rig Crash

At this time, there has been no word on the cause of the crash or if any other vehicles were involved. Additionally, no information has been released on whether or not anybody was injured in the crash. This truck crash is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities. It will be necessary for investigators to determine the cause of the wreck and if the trucking company was in compliance with all federal and state safety regulations at the time of the wreck. Since these commercial trucking vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, it’s critical to determine what went wrong when collisions happen.

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Last week, a hit-and-run crash took the life of a pedestrian in Woodfin. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened along Weaverville Highway on Thursday. The pedestrian, 59-year-old Steven Banks of Asheville, was killed about three-tenths of a mile from his home. Initial reports indicate that the car involved was traveling at a high rate of speed and was swerving prior to the wreck.

A few days after the crash, law enforcement officers with the Woodfin Police Department received a tip about the car involved in the wreck. On Monday, a warrant was issued for Fonda Jane Adkins in connection with the felony hit-and-run change and driving with a revoked license. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Steven Banks’ family members and friends.

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Community members in Asheville are concerned about upcoming shipments of liquid uranium being moved through Western North Carolina. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 just reported on the failed efforts to keep the radioactive materials from traveling through the area. The Department of Energy is getting ready have up to 150 shipments of liquid uranium brought from Canada down to a storage facility in Aiken, South Carolina. Trucking routes will reportedly go through Asheville or Charlotte. These shipments could begin as early as February 17, 2017. Due to security concerns, very little information about the exact dates and routes has been released.

Environmental Impact and Safety in Asheville

Although uranium, in a solid state, has been safely shipped and transported by commercial trucking vehicles, many people are concerned about the increased level of danger posed by transporting a liquid form of the material. In the event of a wreck, collision, explosion or spill, the impacts to the environment and population could be substantially more dangerous, and even deadly. According to Buncombe County’s Emergency Services Director, Jerry Vehaun, although his teams are trained to respond to hazardous materials accidents, they’re not prepared for or trained to deal with or handle liquid uranium. Furthermore, he has not been made aware of any main or alternate routes for the upcoming shipments.

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On Friday afternoon, a woman drove into the storefront of a business in Brevard. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the 65-year-old woman was reportedly trying to park her vehicle, when it crashed into the front of the Safe’s Attic building. Although very few details have been released about this wreck, the driver reportedly said she had mechanical issues with the brakes.

There has been no word on whether or not any citations or charges have been made. This wreck could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. Also, no information has been released on whether or not anybody was injured in the crash. The storefront and vehicle both sustained damage in the wreck.

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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On Monday morning, a semi truck overturned on Old Chunns Cove Road in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 9:00 a.m. near Tunnel Road. The truck driver, 40-year-old Ricky Clayton of Dade City, Florida, was reportedly unfamiliar with the area. He drove the big rig up Beaucatcher Road, over the tunnel and went left of center. His truck went off the embankment and overturned. Thankfully, there were no other vehicles involved in the crash. Crews were on the scene for hours clearing the wreckage and dealing with the frozen meat cargo he was hauling.

Asheville Semi Truck Crash

Clayton and his girlfriend were transported to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. Their injuries included a concussion, lacerations and contusions. Clayton was charged with driving left of center. Additionally, the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) Motor Carrier Unit will be inspecting the vehicle in the event of any further violations and charges. At the time of the crash, the truck was reportedly fully loaded, and it weighed in at 77,000 pounds.

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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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