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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.

Motorcycle Crashes by The Numbers

  • An estimated 88,000 motorcycle riders were injured in 2013.
  • In 2013, 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in crashes.
  • In 2012, 4,986 motorcyclists were killed in crashes.
  • Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 26 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes.
  • Helmets saved an estimated 1,630 lives in 2013.

Share The Road

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Share the Road” campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers motorcycle riders and other roadway users face. The most important aspect of sharing the road is making a commitment to distraction-free driving. If drivers are distracted, they’re not looking out for riders, pedestrians, cyclist or other drivers. Improving motorcycle rider safety starts with ensuring all drivers and riders are safely sharing the road with one another.

Motorcycle Crashes in North Carolina

Motorcycle crashes can leave victims in the hospital, out of work and feeling like they’re out of options. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Asheville or the surrounding communities, it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your case. Your lawyer can deal with the insurance companies and be your advocate as you recover from your injuries.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Traviss Kendall Waldrop a full and swift recovery from his injuries.

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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.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in or around Asheville, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897.

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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.

Motorcycle Accidents in Asheville

Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcycle riders were more than 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in traffic crashes in 2012. Even with helmets, protective vests and jackets and other types of safety equipment, motorcycle riders are at an increased risk for catastrophic and fatal injuries when involved in crashes. They simply don’t have the same protections available as other motorists on the roads.

Just The Facts: Motorcycle Crashes

  • In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in crashes across the nation.
  • In 2011, 4,630 motorcycle riders were killed in U.S. wrecks.
  • Approximately 93,000 motorcycle riders were injured in 2012.
  • Approximately 81,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2011.
  • In 2012, motorcycle riders accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Improving Motorcycle Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) “Share The Road” safety campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers motorcycle riders face. Even with safety equipment, riders can become injured or killed in accidents. Motorcycle riders in Asheville and across the country are truly at the mercy of other motorists on the roadways, so drivers in North Carolina and across the country are encouraged to share the road.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Heather Lane Guffey and Mark Jonathan Petty. We also wish the injured victim a speedy and full recovery.

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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.

Department of Transportation Evaluating Crash Scene

At this time, the crash is still under investigation with authorities. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) is also evaluating the scene to determine if there were any possible contributing factors to the crash. It may be necessary to make changes to either the roadway or the exit from the Dollar General parking lot.

Motorcycle Accidents in Asheville

After a motorcycle accident, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer. Investigations are often lengthy, and dealing with insurance companies can be exhausting. Motorcycle riders are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. Like cyclists and pedestrians, they don’t have the benefit of airbags, steel cages and seat belts to keep them safe. They rely on drivers to share the road.

The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to Joey and Michelle Dunlap’s family members, friends and loved ones.

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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.

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

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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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On Wednesday afternoon, a high-speed motorcycle chase ended in a wreck in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident began on New Liecester Highway, when an 18-year-old motorcycle rider failed to stop for authorities.

Very few details have been released, but officials did report that the chase ended in a crash on Monte Vista Road. Law enforcement officers and first responders were on the scene, but there’s no word on whether or not the rider or anybody else was injured in the crash, or if other vehicles were involved. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 did report that there were charges pending against the motorcyclist.

High-speed chases can endanger and injure other roadway users and innocent bystanders. If you or a loved one has been injured due to somebody else’s reckless, careless or willfully dangerous behavior, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

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On Friday night, well-known motorcyclist Don Tilley died in a crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Mile Post 394. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened sometime around 8:00 p.m. His passenger and wife, Robinette, was critically injured and rushed to Mission Hospital. For currently unknown reasons, their motorcycle left the roadway and crashed into an embankment.

Community Members and Friends Mourn

The loss of Don Tilley, of Tilley Harley-Davidson in Statesville and Salisbury, has hit the local, racing and motorcycle communities hard. Described as an icon in the industry, his loss is being mourned by friends and admirers in the community. NASCAR driver Kyle Petty even expressed his condolences on this Twitter account.

Continuing Investigation

At the time of the crash, the Tilley’s were riding with other motorcyclists, but there’s still no word on why the motorcycle left the roadway and struck the embankment. The seemingly inexplicable crash is still under investigation with the U.S. Park Service’s Traffic Safety Unit and the Asheville Police Department. Investigators on the scene collected evidence and took field sketches and photos to help determine what happened. Apparently, this portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway is notorious for crashes.

Motorcycle Crash Facts

• Between 2001 and 2008, over 34,000 motorcyclists were killed in crashes across the U.S.
• During that same time period, an estimated 1,222,000 people were treated for injuries due to motorcycle crashes.
• Over half of all non-fatal injuries were to the leg/foot or head/neck.
• Motorcyclist death rates increased 55 percent from 2001 to 2008.

Motorcycle Safety in North Carolina
If law enforcement officials are continuing to see crashes on a particular stretch of roadway, it’s time to take a closer look. Improving motorcyclist safety should be a top priority in North Carolina. Safety gear and safe riding practices can only go so far, so drivers need to “Share the Road” too.

At this time, there’s no word on the Robinette Tilley’s condition or the extent of her injuries. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Don Tilley, and wishes a speedy and full recovery to his wife, Robinette.

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On Monday night, a crash involving an SUV took the life of a motorcycle rider in Black Mountain. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, the wreck happened at about 8:45 p.m. An SUV turned directly in front of a motorcycle. The SUV was attempting to get on I-40 East from Dunsmore Avenue. Later that night, the motorcycle rider, 28-year-old William Fox, died at Mission Hospital. WLOS News did report that charges were pending against the SUV driver.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Since 2000, motorcycle-related deaths have increased by 55 percent. Sadly, this tragic crash happened during the first week of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is hoping to raise awareness about the safety issues that motorcycle riders face on U.S. roadways. They are reminding motorists to “Share the Road” with motorcyclists and to be extra alert to help keep riders safe. Unfortunately, some drivers just fail to pay attention or check their blind spots before switching lanes or entering roadways.

Motorcycle Crash Facts

• In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in crashes.
• In 2010, 4,502 people were killed in motorcycle crashes.
• Motorcycle fatalities accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2012.
• 93,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2012.
• 81,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2011.
• Motorcycle crash-related injuries and deaths cost an estimated $12 billion a year.

After a Motorcycle Accident

Since motorcycle riders don’t have the same safety features available to other motorists, crashes can be incredibly devastating or fatal. Riders don’t have seatbelts, airbags or steel safety cages. Even riders who wear helmets can be terribly injured or killed. If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, it may be necessary to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney. A skilled lawyer can be your family’s advocate during a difficult time. Family members need to focus on the grieving process, but that can be difficult with expensive medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and the pain and suffering that accompanies the loss of a loved one. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Mr. Fox.

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Longboat Key Chief Dies.jpgPolice Chief Al Hogle, of Longboat Key, Florida, was killed in a motorcycle crash today in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The details of the wreck have not yet been released by the State Highway Patrol.

The Longboat Key News reported that Chief Hogle was an Air Force veteran and a long-time law enforcement officer. Chief Hogle was also graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico. He lived and worked in Sarasota for many years before retiring from the Sarasota Police Department. He also held positions as a Sarasota City Commissioner and Mayor. After leaving politics, Chief Hogle returned to law enforcement and became the Chief of Police of the City of Bradenton. After reaching his goals for the Bradenton Police Department, he moved on to Longboat Key in 2002.

Chief Hogle’s enthusiasm for riding motorcycles was well known. When interviewed last fall, Hogle declared his love for motorcycling in the mountains of Western North Carolina. During the interview, Chief Hogle commented about his love of high performance motorcycles. Western North Carolina, from Asheville to Robbinsville, is well known to motorcycle enthusiasts due to the scenic highways and curvy roads.The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Tail of the Dragon are two or the more popular roads among motorcyclists.
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