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September 3, 2014

Well-Known Motorcyclist Killed on Blue Ridge Parkway

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.

May 7, 2014

Fatal Motorcycle Wreck in Black Mountain

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.

May 14, 2012

Longboat Key Police Chief Dies in North Carolina Motorcycle Crash

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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July 26, 2010

Truck Strikes Motorcycle Near Rockingham, North Carolina on US 220

motorcycle crash near rockingham.jpgOn Saturday afternoon, a pick-up truck driver failed to see an oncoming motorcycle before making a left hand turn and caused a severe collision. The pick-up truck driver, Doris Collins, 70, of Nicole Lane, in Rockingham, North Carolina was headed southbound on U.S. Highway 220 in Richmond County just before the crash.

A motorcycle driven by Doug Franklin, 35, of Greenfield Road, in Hamlet, North Carolina was headed northbound on U.S. 220. Also on the motorcycle was a young juvenile passenger.


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The northbound motorcycle had the right of way, but the southbound truck crossed into the oncoming lane and struck the motorcycle.

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June 26, 2010

Two Critically Injured In Claremont Motorcycle Crash

motorcycle crash near Claremont.jpgOn Thursday morning around 9:50 a.m., a motorcycle driven by Bruce Offenbacker, age 24, rocketed down NC Highway 10 at over 100 mph. On the back of the motorcycle was Offenbacker's 20 year old girlfriend, Jasmine Shope of Newton.

As the motorcycle approached the intersection of Bethany Church Road, Isaiah Edgell, 44, was stopped in his 1989 Mazda pickup truck facing west on NC Highway 10, waiting to make a left hand turn into the Country Market. Iredell County Trooper C.M. Trouille just happened to be sitting in his marked State Highway Patrol vehicle behind the stopped pickup truck. When the pickup truck began to make its left hand turn, the motorcycle collided with the passenger side of the pickup truck at a high speed and with substantial force. Trooper Truoille stated he never even saw the motorcycle before impact. This crash was orignally covered by the Hickory Daily Record. The following video is a good example of how this crash happened:

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November 12, 2009

Asheville - Motorcyclist Killed By Sport Utility Vehicle

motorcycle crash w SUV.jpgA sport utility driver turned left across a motorcyclist's lane of travel causing him to crash last Friday afternoon. Joseph Cross, 32, of Brunswick County died at the scene following the collision. The North Carolina Highway Patrol concluded that the SUV broadsided Cross as he was traveling along Kirby Road.

The State Highway Patrol charged driver of the SUV, Dorothy Hewitt, 51, with failing to yield the right of way. At the time of the crash, Hewitt was attempting to turn left into her driveway. She stated that she did not see any oncoming traffic until the motorcycle collided with her vehicle. Unfortunately, this scenario happens all too often.

The most common type of motorcycle accident involves another vehicle causing the collision by violating the right of way of the motorcycle at an interesection, usually by turning left in front of the oncoming motorcycle because the car driver did not see the motorcycle.

From ahead or behind, a motorcycle's outline is much smaller than a car's, and if a car driver is not paying attention, the car driver can miss seeing a motorcycle. Most often, car driver's are not looking for motorcycles, and even if a car driver does see a motorcycle, the driver often perceives the motorcycle to be further away, or traveling slower, than it actually is. Fortunately, there are many things the motorcyclist can do to increase his/her visibility.

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