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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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On Monday, a crash involving a box truck had traffic backed up in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 2:14 p.m. on Sweeten Creek Road. Very few details about the crash have been released, but a southbound vehicle reportedly crossed the centerline and collided head on with a northbound box truck.

First responders at the scene treated the drivers of both vehicles for cuts and scrapes. There has been no word on whether or not any citations have been made. No information has been released on why the southbound vehicle crossed the centerline, and the cause of this crash could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

If you have been injured in an Asheville car accident, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) observed National Teen Driver Safety Week, which ran from October 16-22. Since car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens between the ages of 15 and 19 years old, the issue of teen driver safety is a top priority for federal, state and local public safety agencies across the nation. In 2014, 2,679 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes, and an estimated 123,000 teens were injured in motor vehicle crashes. The NHTSA is encouraging parents and caregivers to talk to their children about the unique dangers facing teens behind the wheel.

Improving Teen Driver Safety

The NHTSA has identified the five biggest dangers facing teen drivers on U.S. roads. Distracted driving, extra peer passengers, speeding, alcohol use and failing to buckle up are the top five most serious issues facing teen drivers today. Listed below are the NHTSA’s “Five to Drive” rules for teens.

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Last week, there was a crash involving two semi trucks on Interstate 26. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the westbound lanes, near mile marker 66. At this time, very few details about the crash have been released, we do know that a portion of the roadway had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene. There has been no word on whether or not anybody was injured in this truck crash.

The cause of this tractor-trailer crash is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. Accidents involving commercial trucking vehicles can be devastating for drivers and passengers in other vehicles. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident in or around the Asheville area, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at (866) 397-2897 for a free consultation today.

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Last week, a semi truck crashed on Interstate 85 in Greenville County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the ramp to Woodruff Road and I-385. Very few details of the truck crash have been released, but we do know that a portion of I-385 North and I-85 South had to be closed as crews and first responders worked the scene. At this time, there has been no word on how the large tractor-trailer overturned in the roadway. Injuries were reported in the crash, but no information has been released on the extent of injuries involved or on anybody’s current condition.

Truck Crashes by The Numbers

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On Monday, one person was injured in a rollover crash in Fairview. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the crash occurred on Charlotte Highway, near Minehole Gap. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that a driver reportedly crossed the centerline, and another car had to serve to avoid the collision.

At least one person was hospitalized in the crash, but there has been no word on that person’s condition or the extent of injuries involved. Also, no information has been released on whether or not any citations have been made. The cause of this crash could still be under investigation with local law enforcement personnel.

If you or somebody you love has been injured in a crash due to a dangerous, negligent or distracted driver in or around the Asheville area, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at (866) 397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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