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After safely riding 750 miles across France, a cyclist is struck by cars twice in one week in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Luke Heller recently completed the Paris-Brest-Paris, which is a 750-mile bike ride with 6,000 participants. The ride goes across France. Shortly upon returning to Asheville, Heller was struck by a car on Haywood Road. He was scraped up in that incident, but otherwise okay. Later that week, while riding to work, he was struck by another car on Haywood Road.

Asheville Cyclist Injured on Haywood Road

This time, the car that struck him was turning out of Brownwood Road. Heller went over the handlebars, landed on the sidewalk and was injured. He suffered from a broken elbow. Ironically, the car struck him right beside a Share The Road arrow. Heller was reportedly most upset about the vulnerability of cyclists on U.S. roadways. Even the most experienced cyclists can become injured, or worse, in collisions involving motor vehicles. Heller also remarked that something should be done so that drivers incorporate cyclist safety into their driving styles.

Bicycle Crash Statistics

  • An estimated 48,000 cyclists were injured in U.S. traffic wrecks in 2013.
  • In 2013, 743 cyclists across the U.S. were killed in traffic crashes.
  • 68 percent of all cyclist fatalities in 2013 occurred in urban area crashes.
  • From 2004 to 2013, the average age of cyclists killed in traffic crashes has increased from 39 to 44 years old.
  • In 2013, the cyclist fatality rate per capita was almost 7 times greater for males than females.

After a Bicycle Accident in Asheville

Bicycle accidents can leave victims in the hospital and out of work. Since cyclists are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups, collisions involving cars can be devastating, catastrophic or fatal. If you or a cyclist you love has been injured in an accident in Asheville or the surrounding communities, contact a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible about your options.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Heller a speedy recovery from his injuries and hopes he can return to cycling swiftly.

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On Tuesday morning, a woman from Asheville was struck and killed while riding her bicycle in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Chimney Rock Road, near Saint Mary’s Drive at about 6:30 a.m. Carrie Byrnside, 25-years-old, was killed after being struck by two vehicles on the roadway. Initial reports indicate that one of the drivers didn’t even see her prior to striking her. Although very few details have been released, we do know that the crash shut down a portion of the roadway for about an hour and a half as first responders and crews worked the scene.

Bicycle Crash Statistics

  • An estimated 48,000 cyclists were injured in crashes involving motor vehicles in 2013.
  • In 2013, 743 cyclists were killed on U.S. roadways.
  • The number of cyclists killed in 2013 is one percent higher than the number of cyclists killed in 2012.
  • This has been the third straight increase in cyclist fatalities, representing a 19-percent increase since 2010.
  • 68 percent of cyclist fatalities occurred in urban areas.
  • Over half of cyclist fatalities happened between 3:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
  • Cyclists between the ages of 20 to 24 years old had the highest injury rate based on population.

Asheville Cyclist Safety

Trooper Haley Martin with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol spoke to WLOS ABC News Channel 13 and remarked that in addition to following all safety rules and traffic laws, cyclists should also be wearing helmets and reflective clothing. Whether you’re cycling for pleasure or heading to or from work, your safety needs to be a top priority. Improving cyclist safety in Asheville is everybody’s responsibility. Motorists are encouraged to share the road with cyclists, motorcycle riders, pedestrians and other roadway users.

Bicycle Accidents in Asheville

Cyclists and pedestrians are two of the most vulnerable roadway user groups, because they don’t have the same safety protections as passenger vehicle occupants. After any type of bicycle accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your options. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Carrie Byrnside’s family members, friends and loved ones.

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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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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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Last week, a 16-year-old driver was arrested and charged for harassing bicyclists in Greenville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the investigation started with a few posts on the Greenville Spinners Bicycle Club Facebook page. Apparently, numerous cyclists reported having been harassed by a driver in Northern areas of the county. Upon investigation, law enforcement officials with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office found that the driver was a 16-year-old male in a Hyundai Tiburon.

Teen Driver Charged with Attempted Murder
In addition to verbally assaulting cyclists, the driver escalated to physical assaults including spitting, throwing drinks and even tossing lit fireworks at the riders. There were also attempts and threats to crash into the cyclists and efforts to cause them to crash. On April 10, the juvenile driver was charged and arrested for six counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault and battery 1st degree, two counts of assault and battery 3rd degree, two counts of throwing fireworks from a motor vehicle and 11 counts of taunting a bicycle.

U.S. Bicycle Crash Facts
• In 2012, 726 cyclists were killed in crashes across the nation.
• An additional 49,000 cyclists were injured in crashes.
• Cyclist deaths and injuries accounted for about two percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities and injuries during that year.
• In 2012, 682 cyclists were killed on U.S. roadways.

Share The Road
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of tips for increasing cyclist safety. In addition to never driving or riding distracted, riders and drivers are encouraged to Share The Road. Sharing the road means drivers and cyclists need to lookout for one another and show mutual respect. Drivers should remember that cyclists don’t have the same safety advantages as passenger in cars, so even seemingly minor crashes can send cyclists to the hospital or worse.

Keeping Cyclists in Asheville Safe
Cyclists are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups, and they are truly at the mercy of drivers on the roadway. At this time, at least 11 victims have come forward, but investigators suspect that there could be more. If a negligent or intentionally willful driver has injured you or somebody you love, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for an immediate free consultation.

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Cyclists are out in full force enjoying the crisp weather and beautiful fall foliage, so motorists in and around Asheville need to be on the lookout. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has great tips for cyclists and drivers to improve roadway safety for everybody.

Safety Tips for Cyclists

• Follow the rules of the road.
• Wear a bicycle helmet.
• Be predictable.
• Stay alert.
• Look before turning.

What can Drivers do?

• Never text and drive.
• Be on the lookout for cyclists, pedestrians and other roadway users.
• Give the cyclist at least three feet when passing.
• Yield to bicycles when turning.

Accidents involving cars and bicyclists can leave cyclists in the hospital or worse. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a case consultation today.

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The local bicycle community has been showing support for the Fairview cyclist who was injured in a crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Jaime Johnsen was seriously injured during a training ride on Wednesday evening. A vehicle turned in front of her bicycle at the Highway 74A intersection.

Jaime suffered from a fractured skull, concussion, ligament tears and other injuries. Faced with astronomical medical bills, a fellow cyclist started a account to raise money. The feedback and support from the local cycling community has been overwhelming.

Motorists are urged to lookout for cyclists and pedestrians. Even seemingly minor accidents can be incredibly devastating for cyclists, who don’t have the benefit of seat belts, air bags and steel safety cages. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Jaime Johnsen a full and speedy recovery from her injuries.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is offering drivers and cyclists tips to keep the roadways safe this summer. In a recently issued press release, they’re encouraging bicyclists and drivers to “think safe, ride safe, be safe!

Tips for Bicyclists
• Always wear a helmet.
• Ride alert.
• Be visible.
• Check your bicycle for safety issues.
• Observe traffic signs and signals like an automobile driver would.
• Be predictable.

Tips for Drivers

• Signal your intentions, and be predictable.
• Turn off cell phones.
• Obey speed limits, signs and signals.
• Allow plenty of room when passing cyclists.
• Yield to cyclists.
• Stop completely before turning right on red, and always check behind you for approaching cyclists.

If you or a loved one is injured while cycling this summer, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

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WLOS ABC Channel 13 News just reported on the disturbing fact that North Carolina was recently ranked the 10th most dangerous state or cyclists. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2011, North Carolina had 2.59 cyclist deaths per million people. Florida came in first place with 6.36 deaths per million people.

Cyclists in Asheville and across North Carolina are encouraged to take appropriate measures to increase their personal safety while cycling. Helmets, flashing lights and high-visibility clothing are three great ways to protect yourself while cycling the roadways. Unfortunately, even cyclists who take all possible safety precautions can still get struck by distracted, careless or impaired drivers. If you or a loved one is injured in a bicycle accident, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

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bike crash.jpgFriday evening, around 6:30pm, a car driven by Patricia Harvey, 48, struck a bicyclist from behind causing a tragic crash on Piney Mountain Drive off of Chungs Cove Road in east Asheville. Police have indicated that the cyclist, Tami Rene Leaven, 35, died at the scene from massive head injuries.

Police say that Leaven did not have any lights on her bike, although the law does not require a bicyclist to have a light on the rear of a bicycle – only a reflector that can be seen from 200 feet behind. Most bicycles are sold with a reflector that satisfies state law in this regard. Police have not said whether the bike ridden by Leaven had the required reflector. A police spokesperson said that the area where the collision happened on Piney Mountain Drive was a dark section of road and not well lit.

In North Carolina, the law requires motorists to see what can be seen and to keep a proper lookout. It is unclear at this time whether Leaven was visible to motorists approaching from behind or not. If the bicycle she was riding did not have the required reflector, then Harvey may not have seen her in time to avoid the collision. If the bike did have a reflector visible from the rear, then the question will be ‘why did Harvey fail to see it?’ These are questions the District Attorney’s Office must grapple with, and the DA will have to decide whether the facts justify bringing criminal charges against Harvey.
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