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A recent study out of North Carolina State found that “Share the Road” signs might not be as effective as they’re supposed to be. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the study found that drivers who saw “Share the Road” signs didn’t react any differently than drivers who did not see any sign. Some advocates are calling on new signs with stronger messages.

Bicycle Accidents in Asheville

Whether drivers are paying attention to the signs or not, they need to be following the law and safely sharing the roadways with cyclists and other roadway users. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in or around the Asheville area, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897.

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The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. is proud to announce their upcoming scholarship program aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of texting behind the wheel. We will be giving away $2,500 in the form of five $500 scholarships. The scholarships will be available to students and teachers at several public schools within the Asheville community. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must submit a plan to educate their peers and community members about the dangers associated with texting and driving.

How do I Apply?

The scholarship application is available on our website. Applicants must write an essay including their reason for wanting to participate in the program, a detailed step-by-step description of their plan and its implementation, the projected timeline for the plan and explain why the scholarship money is needed and how it will be used. The five students and/or teachers who have the best plans to raise awareness about texting and driving in the community will be awarded the scholarships. Interested applicants will have until October 15, 2015 to apply.

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On Sunday evening, a 12-year-old on a bicycle was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Jackson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 7:00 p.m., on Old Cullowhee Road. The child, August Lusk, was on his brand new bicycle when he was hit by a black pickup truck.

Lusk was rushed to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries to his skull, collarbone and ankle. State Troopers report that the driver was going about 65 to 70 miles per hour in the 55 mile-per-hour zone. Initial investigations indicate that the truck involved was either a Ford F-150 or a Bronco made between 1980-86. Anybody with information on the accident or vehicle involved in the hit is run is being asked to contact the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes August Lusk a swift and full recovery from his injuries.

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On Monday night, a wrong-way crash involving multiple cars and two semi trucks sent at least two people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on I-40, near the Wiggins Road exit. Initial reports indicate that 42-year-old Kristen Williams got on I-40 going the wrong way. She was headed east in the westbound lanes. She struck a semi truck head-on, another semi truck and a pickup truck. Although Williams is listed in critical condition at the hospital, she has been charged with DWI.

Pickup Truck Driver Injured

First responders and crews had portions of the roadway shut down for nearly two and a half hours. In addition to Williams, the driver of the pickup truck was also transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. We don’t know the extent of injuries involved, but we do know that person has been treated and released. There is still no word on the extent of Williams’ injuries or if her condition has stabilized.

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On Sunday, a two-year-old child in Henderson County was attacked by a dog. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened inside of a family home on Frankie Lane. Although they didn’t own the dog, they did feed the stray husky mix the day prior to the attack.

Although very few details have been released, we do know that the dog was inside of a dark closet with the two-year-old girl at the time of the attack. There is no word on how the child and dog got into the closet. This incident is still under investigation with local law enforcement officials, and the dog is currently under quarantine. At this time, the child is recovering with 11 stitches.

If you or somebody you love have been attacked by a dangerous dog, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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On Monday morning, a multi-vehicle crash involving a semi truck injured at least nine people. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the southbound lanes of US-441, near Lake Emory and the Franklin exit, at North East Main Street. Although very few details have been released, we do know that at least six vehicles were involved in the crash, including a tractor trailer. Apparently, the semi truck rear-ended a pickup truck, which turned into to a chain-reaction crash. Additionally, the wreck happened near a construction zone.

Nine People Injured in Truck Crash

The crash happened sometime before 11:20 a.m., on Highway 441 South. At least nine people were injured. Of those injured, four were rushed to the hospital for treatment, including one woman who was airlifted to Mission Hospital in Asheville. There is no word on any of the victims’ current conditions, but the woman who was airlifted reportedly suffered from a head injury. At this time, there’s no word on the status of the investigation or whether or not any charges have been made against the truck driver.

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Over the weekend, a semi truck crashed over an embankment on US 25-70 at the Buncombe County and Madison County line. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the truck reportedly flipped off of the roadway and down a 100-foot embankment. At this time, it is believed that the driver was either ejected from the vehicle or crawled out of the wreckage on his own. He was found unconscious near the crashed truck.

He had to be airlifted to Mission Hospital in critical condition. There’s no word on the extent of his injuries or his current condition, but the team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes him a full and swift recovery. The cause of this crash is still under investigation by law enforcement authorities.

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On Sunday afternoon, a car crashed into a gas station in downtown Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at the Shell Station just before 3:00 p.m., on Merrimon Avenue, near I-240. Although very few details have been released, we do know that a fire had to be extinguished on the scene. Thankfully, no injuries were initially reported.

Second Gas Station Crash in a Week

The car apparently crashed into a column at the Shell Station. Although no charges have been filed in this case, there is still no word on what caused this crash. Surprisingly, WLOS ABC News Channel 13 also reports that this is the second time an automobile has crashed into this particular gas station in the past seven days. This wreck could still be under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

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On Tuesday, a six-year-old child was fatally attacked by a pit bull in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the dog was recently adopted from the Asheville Humane Society. Although very few details have been released, we do know that the dog was so aggressive when law enforcement officers arrived on scene, it had to be shot.

At this time, no charges have been filed, and the Asheville Humane Society reportedly followed the proper adoption procedures prior to sending the dog home with a family. This is the second fatal pit bull attack involving a child in the past couple of weeks. A three-year-old in Lawton, Oklahoma was killed by a pit bull just a few weeks ago.

The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Joshua Strother.

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Forbes magazine has named the 4th of July America’s Most Dangerous Holiday. During the July 4th, Independence Day Holiday, over the last five years, 750 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. Independence Day has become synonymous with injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes across the country.

NHTSA’s Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is trying to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. In addition to increased social and educational awareness about drunk driving, law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and across the nation will be stepping up efforts to catch offenders and keep roads safe this holiday weekend. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a drunk driver, contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible.