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WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on recommended changes in laws governing bicycle safety in the State of North Carolina. A series of public meetings have culminated in a report with recommendations to the legislature’s transportation committee. Some of those recommendations include requiring reflective clothing and allowing drivers to cross the double-yellow line when passing cyclists.

Cyclist advocacy groups see these potential changes as a bit of a mixed bag. In some cases, these recommendations could actually put bicycle riders in greater danger. The biggest takeaway from the dialogue should be that the issue of cyclist safety is really about all roadway users. Improving safety for bicycle riders is about improving safety for everybody on North Carolina roadways.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in Asheville or the surrounding areas, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.