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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 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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The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. is proud to announce their upcoming scholarship program aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of texting behind the wheel. We will be giving away $2,500 in the form of five $500 scholarships. The scholarships will be available to students and teachers at several public schools within the Asheville community. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must submit a plan to educate their peers and community members about the dangers associated with texting and driving.

How do I Apply?

The scholarship application is available on our website. Applicants must write an essay including their reason for wanting to participate in the program, a detailed step-by-step description of their plan and its implementation, the projected timeline for the plan and explain why the scholarship money is needed and how it will be used. The five students and/or teachers who have the best plans to raise awareness about texting and driving in the community will be awarded the scholarships. Interested applicants will have until October 15, 2015 to apply.

Who is Eligible?

Students and teachers from the following schools are eligible to apply.

  • Evergreen Community Charter School
  • Isaac Dickson Elementary School
  • Jones Elementary School
  • Enka Middle School
  • Enka High School
  • Asheville Middle School
  • Asheville High School
  • TC Roberson High School
  • Reynolds High School
  • Owen High School
  • UNC- Asheville
  • AB- Technical Community College

Our Dedication to Ending Texting While Driving Accidents

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sees firsthand how devastating and traumatic texting and driving accidents are in our community. We’ve been reporting on distracted driving issues, with a special emphasis on texting while driving, regularly on our blog. We believe an important component to reducing injury-causing and fatal texting while driving accidents in Asheville starts with education and raising awareness.

Distracted driving and texting while driving aren’t just problems in other parts of the country. Last year, WLOS ABC News Channel 13 reported on the distracted driving epidemic in Asheville. Our scholarship program is aimed at educating young people, drivers, future drivers and community members about the dangers associated with texting behind the wheel. We can’t wait to see the plans our applicants come up with, and we’re looking forward to fewer distracted drivers on Asheville roadways.

You can learn more about our scholarship program and get the application here.

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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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On Monday night, a wrong-way crash involving multiple cars and two semi trucks sent at least two people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on I-40, near the Wiggins Road exit. Initial reports indicate that 42-year-old Kristen Williams got on I-40 going the wrong way. She was headed east in the westbound lanes. She struck a semi truck head-on, another semi truck and a pickup truck. Although Williams is listed in critical condition at the hospital, she has been charged with DWI.

Pickup Truck Driver Injured

First responders and crews had portions of the roadway shut down for nearly two and a half hours. In addition to Williams, the driver of the pickup truck was also transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. We don’t know the extent of injuries involved, but we do know that person has been treated and released. There is still no word on the extent of Williams’ injuries or if her condition has stabilized.

U.S. Drunk Driving Stats

  • Approximately, one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the U.S. involve drunk drivers.
  • In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
  • In 2013, 65 percent of people killed in drunk driving crashes were the drunk drivers themselves.
  • Every year, drunk driving crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion.
  • In 2013, approximately 1 in 5 child passenger deaths occurred in drunk driving crashes.

Drunk Driving Accidents in Asheville

Even with increased enforcement, we typically see a lot of injury-causing and fatal drunk driving crashes in North Carolina and across the nation. Labor Day is an especially deadly holiday, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is getting ready for their annual anti-drunk driving safety campaign. Law enforcement in Asheville and the surrounding communities will likely be stepping up enforcement too.

After a Drunk Driving Accident in Asheville

Car accidents involving drunk drivers can leave victims in the hospital, out of work, or worse. These crashes can often involve head-on collisions or other devastating types of wrecks. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a drunk driver, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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On Sunday, a two-year-old child in Henderson County was attacked by a dog. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened inside of a family home on Frankie Lane. Although they didn’t own the dog, they did feed the stray husky mix the day prior to the attack.

Although very few details have been released, we do know that the dog was inside of a dark closet with the two-year-old girl at the time of the attack. There is no word on how the child and dog got into the closet. This incident is still under investigation with local law enforcement officials, and the dog is currently under quarantine. At this time, the child is recovering with 11 stitches.

If you or somebody you love have been attacked by a dangerous dog, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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On Monday morning, a multi-vehicle crash involving a semi truck injured at least nine people. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened in the southbound lanes of US-441, near Lake Emory and the Franklin exit, at North East Main Street. Although very few details have been released, we do know that at least six vehicles were involved in the crash, including a tractor trailer. Apparently, the semi truck rear-ended a pickup truck, which turned into to a chain-reaction crash. Additionally, the wreck happened near a construction zone.

Nine People Injured in Truck Crash

The crash happened sometime before 11:20 a.m., on Highway 441 South. At least nine people were injured. Of those injured, four were rushed to the hospital for treatment, including one woman who was airlifted to Mission Hospital in Asheville. There is no word on any of the victims’ current conditions, but the woman who was airlifted reportedly suffered from a head injury. At this time, there’s no word on the status of the investigation or whether or not any charges have been made against the truck driver.

U.S. Truck Accident Facts

  • There are an estimated 2 million commercial trucks on U.S. roadways.
  • In 2013, 3,964 people died in truck crashes across the nation.
  • Approximately 73,000 large trucks were involved in injury-wrecks in 2013.
  • Between 2009 and 2013, large trucks and buses were responsible for 14,000 fatal wrecks.
  • Approximately 265,000 trucks were involved in property-damage wrecks in 2013.

After a Truck Accident in Asheville

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, you need to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible about your case. Since cases involving commercial truck accidents are frequently much more complex than accidents involving traditional passenger vehicles, it’s essential to have somebody who understands the commercial truck accident investigative process on your side. The initial police report doesn’t always tell the whole story. It might not be immediately apparent if a truck driver or commercial trucking company was in violation of some federal regulation. Speaking with an attorney after your accident should be a top priority.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody involved in the crash swift and full recoveries from their injuries.

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Over the weekend, a semi truck crashed over an embankment on US 25-70 at the Buncombe County and Madison County line. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the truck reportedly flipped off of the roadway and down a 100-foot embankment. At this time, it is believed that the driver was either ejected from the vehicle or crawled out of the wreckage on his own. He was found unconscious near the crashed truck.

He had to be airlifted to Mission Hospital in critical condition. There’s no word on the extent of his injuries or his current condition, but the team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes him a full and swift recovery. The cause of this crash is still under investigation by law enforcement authorities.

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On Sunday afternoon, a car crashed into a gas station in downtown Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at the Shell Station just before 3:00 p.m., on Merrimon Avenue, near I-240. Although very few details have been released, we do know that a fire had to be extinguished on the scene. Thankfully, no injuries were initially reported.

Second Gas Station Crash in a Week

The car apparently crashed into a column at the Shell Station. Although no charges have been filed in this case, there is still no word on what caused this crash. Surprisingly, WLOS ABC News Channel 13 also reports that this is the second time an automobile has crashed into this particular gas station in the past seven days. This wreck could still be under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

Recovering From an Asheville Car Accident

Depending upon the severity of your car accident, you could be facing a few days to a few weeks or longer away from work. In addition to either extensive property damage or a total loss of your transportation, you could also be facing hefty medical bills. Even if you’re well insured, you might find dealing with your insurance company less than pleasant. Everybody wants to think they’re in “good hands,” but many of the nation’s so-called top insurance companies have bad reputations for denying and delaying legitimate claims.

Car Crash Statistics

  • In 2012, there were an estimated 5,615,000 police-reported traffic crashes across the nation.
  • 33,561 people were killed in those crashes.
  • An average of 92 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes each day.
  • That is one person every 16 minutes.
  • An estimated 2,362,000 people were injured in 2012 traffic-crashes.

When to Call a Lawyer

If you have been injured in a car accident due to somebody else’s negligent, dangerous, distracted or careless behavior, you need to call a lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer can be you and your family’s advocate during this difficult time. Let your attorney handle the details of the case, while you focus on recovering and getting back to your normal life.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in Asheville, contact the team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 today for a free initial consultation.