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On Friday, there will be five new motor vehicle provisions under North Carolina law. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on what residents in and around Asheville need to know about the changes. Listed below are the five new provisions and how they’ll impact drivers in Western North Carolina and across the state.

  1. Liability Insurance for Registered Mopeds
  2. Fee for Late Registration Renewal
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Law enforcement officers in North Carolina and Tennessee are cracking down on impaired drivers traveling across state lines. They’re taking part in the Hands Across the Boarder enforcement campaign that’s aimed at getting impaired drivers off of the roadways. In addition to being on the lookout for drunk and drugged drivers, law enforcement officers will also be cracking down on seat belt violations, uninsured drivers, suspended licenses, fugitives and other driving offenses.

Law enforcement officers in North Carolina will be checking motorists as they’re leaving the state and heading into Tennessee. Last year, public safety agencies from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Florida participated in the Hands Across the Border campaign.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a drunk or drugged driver in or around the Asheville area, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897.

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On Friday, a moped rider was injured in a crash involving a truck in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around noon at the intersection of Swannanoa River Road and Fairview Road. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that the moped rider was rushed to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. Witnesses on the scene rushed to the side of the moped rider, who was ejected from his vehicle. There has been no word on the cause of the crash, which is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. The moped rider was listed in critical condition.

Moped Safety in Asheville

Moped riders, like motorcycle riders and cyclists, are at an increased risk for sustaining severe, catastrophic and even fatal injuries when involved in collisions with larger motor vehicles. Even with safety gear like helmets, vests, jackets, boots and gloves, moped riders can still become seriously injured. Although the moped rider in Asheville was wearing a helmet, it reportedly flew off in the crash. DMV.Org has three important tips to help scooter and moped riders to improve their personal safety.

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On Tuesday, a driver accused of road rage in Asheville made his first court appearance. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, David Garren is facing charges of reckless driving and hit and run in connection with an incident that happened on Airport Road. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently spoke with Jordan Miller, the man that caught the erratic driving on camera. Not only did Garren cut off Miller’s vehicle twice, he also intentionally struck it. Garren had no comment when reporters reached out to him over the phone.

Aggressive driving behaviors and road rage are extremely dangerous. When vehicles are intentionally used as weapons, lives are put at risk. If you or somebody you love has been the victim of road rage or aggressive driving in Asheville, Buncombe County or in any of the surrounding communities, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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A school bus driver is in hot water after leaving the scene of a collision in Weaverville on Friday morning. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 7:30 a.m. Apparently, the school bus was on the way to Weaverville Primary at the time of the crash. The bus reportedly hit the part of the truck where sanitation workers stand as the truck is moving. There was no word on whether or not a sanitation worker was on this part of the truck at the time of the crash. The driver left the scene of the crash, and has since been cited for unsafe movement and leaving the scene. There were eight students on the bus at the time of the collision.

School Bus Accidents in Western North Carolina

Thankfully, no injuries were reported, but the bus driver is suspended until further notice. Although school buses are designed to safely transport children to and from school, they’re not completely without risk. Bus drivers are held to higher standards than other drivers, because they’re transporting children. Parents and caregivers are counting on bus drivers and other roadway users to exercise additional caution around buses and bus stops to keep kids safe. Any type of accident involving a school bus, whether injuries occurred or not, needs to be fully investigated.

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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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Residents in a West Asheville neighborhood are calling on officials to do something about a dangerous stretch of roadway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Sand Hills School Road has become a popular cut-through to avoid traffic from I-40 to I-26. Collisions, including hit-and-runs, have been increasing on this residential roadway. Many of these wrecks go unreported after a driver takes out a mailbox or a trashcan. They simply just keep driving. Drivers are speeding around this narrow road and have hit power poles, concrete walls, mailboxes, trashcans and even family pets. The speed limit is 35 miles per hour, but witnesses report some cars going through at closer to 50 or 60 miles per hour. A portion of the roadway is even in a school zone.

Speeding in West Asheville

Speeding has become the number one problem on this particular roadway. Residents continually have to replace their mailboxes and pick up their trashcans. There are also reports of cars sliding through stop signs. Parents are concerned about their children getting on and off of the bus. Although many drivers flee the scene too fast for witnesses to get information, officials with the Asheville Police Department are encouraging citizens to get license plate numbers, if they can. Local residents are hoping to get speed bumps or a stoplight in the area to slow down the speedy traffic.

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On Monday, a man was killed when a roof collapsed in Greenville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 6:30 p.m. on Blue Gill Drive in Greer. Although very few details have been released, we do know that 33-year-old Arturo Elizaldo Velasquez was killed due to blunt force trauma to the head. Coworkers reportedly pulled him from the rubble.

There has been no word on what caused this apparent workplace roof collapse. At this time, the investigation is ongoing, and investigators from the Greenville County Coroner’s Office, the Greenville County Sheriffs Office and the Lake Cunningham Fire Department are all working on the case. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Velasquez’s family members, friends and coworkers.

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On Saturday afternoon, four people were injured in a multi-car crash involving a police officer in Marion. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime after 11:30 a.m. along North Main Street. Sergeant Corey Loftis, with the Marion Police Department, was responding to a call when a Honda struck his patrol car. The driver of the Honda, Frank McMillian, was reportedly trying to make a left turn into the Hospice Resale shop prior to the crash. When the patrol car was hit, it slammed into two parked vehicles. The chain-reaction crash caused a parked vehicle to hit a pedestrian on the scene.

Marion Crash Injures Police Officer

A portion of North Main had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene. At least four people, including the pedestrian and the police officer, were injured in this incident. At this time, the collision is under investigation with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Although none of the injuries were initially reported as life threatening, there has been no word on anybody’s condition or the extent of their injuries.