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Last week, a fatal crash in Madison County took the life of a volunteer firefighter. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, 26-year-old Billy Naillon was killed in an apparent one-vehicle wreck on Highway 209. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that it happened about four miles from his home and two miles from the fire department. Naillon was also an Army veteran and served two tours in Afghanistan.

First responders on the scene were some of Naillon’s fellow volunteer firefighters. At this time, there’s no word on how the crash happened, and the cause is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Billy Naillon’s family members, friends, coworkers and loved ones.

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On Sunday, a crash on Charlotte Highway took the life of a South Carolina woman. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the one-car crash happened near Upper Brush Creek Road, sometime before 8:00 p.m. Apparently, the vehicle crossed the centerline, struck a tree and overturned beside the roadway. A passenger in the vehicle, 37-year-old Jenifer Bowen of Isle of Palms, South Carolina, died on the scene. The driver, 35-year-old Michael Wells of Fairview, and another passenger were both transported to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Alcohol and Speed Factors in Deadly Crash

At this time, the cause of this crash is ongoing, but initial reports indicate that alcohol and speed were factors. According to troopers, the car was going an estimated 70 miles per hour at the time of the crash. The speed limit was 45 miles per hour in that area. The driver, Michael Wells, has been charged with DWI, and there could be other charges after a full investigation is completed. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 does report that everybody was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

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Earlier this week, a truck overturned on I-26 in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened just before 9:00 a.m. on Monday. For currently unknown reasons a truck overturned in the eastbound lanes of I-26, at mile marker 34. At least two lanes near Exit 33 had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene. At this time, very few details about the crash have been released.

Truck Accidents in Asheville

Accidents involving large trucks can be incredibly devastating for drivers and passengers in smaller cars and light vehicles. Since semi trucks are so much larger and heavier than passenger occupant vehicles, they’re required to follow additional federal regulations for safe operation. Accident cases involving large trucks often require additional investigative efforts.

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Although Asheville and other areas of Western North Carolina weren’t hit nearly as hard as portions of South Carolina, the recent storms have left their mark on local roadways. Officials in Buncombe County have been working tirelessly to clean up and reopen impacted stretches of the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, rangers and roadway crews have been cleaning branches, leaves, fallen rocks, trees and other debris from the roadway to improve safety for motorists in North Carolina. Drivers are encouraged to make safe decisions behind the wheel, before, during and after inclement weather.

Safe Driving After Poor Weather

Although we typically think of rain, wind, sleet, snow and other weather conditions as being a primary factor in whether or not roadway conditions will be safe, it’s important to remember that even after a storm is over, road conditions can still be just as dangerous. This recent storm was a prime example for drivers in and around Asheville. The Blue Ridge Parkway and other local roadways had debris littered all over. Thankfully, cleaning crews and officials cleared the roadways as quickly as possible.

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There were multiple crashes in and around the Asheville area during inclement weather last Friday. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, there were at least four traffic incidents reported in Buncombe County between the afternoon hours of 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Wrecks were reported on I-26 and I-40. Very few details were released about these crashes, but we do know that a trooper’s vehicle was involved in one of the wrecks.

Driving in Poor Weather

Motorists in and around the Asheville area are encouraged to adjust their speed to the weather conditions and drive safely. Thankfully, only minor injuries were reported in many of these rainy-day wrecks. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident due to somebody else’s dangerous or negligent driving, contact the skilled team at 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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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 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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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.