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On Saturday night, there was a motorcycle wreck on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Mile Marker 405 and the Hominy Valley Overlook, sometime around 11:00 a.m. Although very few details about this motorcycle crash have been released, we do know that the rider was transported to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. There has been no word on the cause of this crash, or if any other vehicles were involved in this apparent single-motorcycle wreck. Also, no information has been released about the current condition of the rider or on the extent of injuries involved.

Motorcycle Accidents in Asheville

Motorcycle accidents in and around the Asheville area can be devastating for riders and their families. It can take weeks, months or longer for riders to recover from injuries. This time of year can be particularly dangerous as more riders hit the road for summer trips too. If drivers are distracted, impaired or driving dangerously, they’re not safely sharing the road with other motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and motorcycle riders.

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On Monday morning, there was a motorcycle crash on Tunnel Road in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime before 8:05 a.m. First responders with the Asheville Fire Department rushed to the scene to put out a vehicle fire. A portion of the roadway had to be closed for about an hour as crews worked the scene. Although very few details have been released, we do know that the motorcycle rider was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. There is no word on that person’s current condition or on the cause of the crash.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and law enforcement agencies in Asheville and across the nation are asking drivers to Share the Road. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Asheville, contact Davis Law Group P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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Last week, a motorcycle crash in Asheville sent one person to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the Biltmore Estate exit. The motorcycle rider was reportedly merging into traffic when he somehow lost control of his bike. He struck a guardrail and was injured in the crash. Initial reports indicate that he suffered from serious injuries. He was transported to the hospital for treatment.

At the time of the news report, no other vehicles were suspected to be involved, but this wreck could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash in Asheville or in any of the surrounding mountain communities, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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On Friday night, a motorcycle crash in Woodfin sent two people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around 9:00 p.m. at the intersection of Old Marshall and Weaverville Highways. Reportedly, a driver was turning left from Weaverville Highway and pulled out in front of the motorcycle. The impact of the crash ejected the motorcycle’s driver and passenger. The couple, Jeremy Chad Hollifield and Kaitlyn Brown, both suffered from extensive injuries.

Three Motorcycle Crashes in Three Days

The incident in Woodfin was the third motorcycle crash reported in just three days. Only a few short hours before the Woodfin motorcycle crash, there was a motorcycle wreck on Holly Springs Road in Etowah. The rider involved had to be airlifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. On Wednesday night, a motorcycle wreck in Asheville sent a 56-year-old rider to the hospital as well.

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On Monday afternoon, a motorcyclist was severely injured in a McDowell County crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened at about 4:00 p.m. on NC-226 near Dairy Road. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that Traviss Kendall Waldrop of Nebo was headed north on 226 when his motorcycle left the roadway. The bike overturned and struck a tree.

Motorcyclist Airlifted to Mission Hospital

First responders rushed to the scene, and Waldrop was airlifted to Mission Hospital in critical condition for the treatment of a head injury and possibly other injuries. This was an apparent one-vehicle wreck, but the cause of the crash is still under investigation with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. A portion of the roadway was closed until after 6:00 p.m. as first responders and crews worked the scene.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently imposed a $2.9 million civil penalty against Triumph Motorcycles Ltd and Triumph Motorcycles (America) Ltd. for violating the Safety Act. In addition to their failure to respond to the NHTSA on numerous occasions, they also violated critical reporting requirements involving defective motorcycle parts.

Defective Steering Capabilities in Triumph Motorcycles

This penalty is associated with Triumph’s 2014 recall of more than 1,300 motorcycles due to a defect that could impact steering capabilities and increase the risk of a crash. In addition to a variety of other violations, they failed to report the defect in a timely manner. After a record-setting year for automobile recalls, it’s no surprise that the NHTSA is cracking down on motorcycle manufacturers too.

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On Monday night, two people were killed in a motorcycle crash in Cherokee County, South Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on SC Highway 221. For currently unknown reasons, the motorcycle apparently crossed the centerline and collided with a Ford truck, head on. Both the driver and the passenger on the motorcycle were thrown from the vehicle. Heather Lane Guffey and Mark Jonathan Petty, both 26 years old, died as a result of their injuries.

Truck Passenger Also Injured in Crash

The passenger in the front seat of the pickup truck was transported to the hospital in Spartanburg for treatment of injuries. No other injuries were reported, although there were two other people in the truck. There’s no word on the extent of injuries involved or that person’s current condition. Very few details about the crash have been released, as it may still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

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Over the weekend, a motorcycle crash in Maggie Valley took the lives of two people. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Joey and Michelle Dunlap, parents of two teenage daughters, were headed to join a Shriner’s parade on their motorcycle just before the crash. Sadly, they never made it to the parade. The wreck happened on Saturday at about 10:50 a.m., on US 19. A BMW SUV pulled onto the roadway in front of them and the Cherryville couple was unable to stop in time. The vehicles collided. Both riders died as a result of their injuries.

Deadly Motorcycle Wreck on US 19

WLOS ABC News Channel 13 also reports that the SUV was pulling out of the Dollar General parking lot at the time of the wreck. Local residents said this isn’t the first time a fatal crash has happened on this stretch of road. This part of US 19 is notorious for speeding too, and even though the speed limit was recently reduced from 55 miles per hour to 45 miles per hour, some community members report that drivers are still speeding. There’s no word on whether or not any charges have been filed, but the driver of the SUV, who reportedly did not see the motorcycle, could be facing a failure to yield citation.

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Last Thursday night, a hit-and-run driver fatally struck a 36-year-old moped rider. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the Good News Baptist Church on Smokey Park Highway. An Asheville woman, 21-year-old Delilah Wilson, struck the moped from behind and then left the scene.

Hit-and-Run Driver Fled Crash Scene

The moped rider, Robert Jason Miller, died as a result of his injuries in the crash, and Wilson was picked up a few miles from the scene. Although very few details about the wreck were released, we do know that Wilson was charged with felony hit and run.

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On Monday evening, a 22-year-old Mauldin police officer was killed in a motorcycle crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at the intersection of West Butler Road and Cary Street.

For currently unknown reasons, Austin Gotowka lost control of his bike and slid through the intersection. There was another vehicle involved, but there’s no word on what happened with that vehicle. As of Tuesday, the driver had not been cited, but very few details have been released about the investigation. Gotowka was wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Austin Gotowka.

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