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Authorities in Hendersonville are taking a look at the intersection where a deadly motorcycle crash happened on Tuesday. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Tuesday night’s fatal motorcycle crash isn’t the first of its kind at the intersection for Glover and Spartanburg Highway. Over the past two and a half years, there have been three fatal wrecks at this particular intersection.

Drivers in the area also report that this intersection is particularly dangerous. There is a fence on the left side of the roadway and a rail on the right side. Additionally, there’s also a hill just before the intersection, meaning that it’s possible to pull out into the intersection without realizing that there is fast moving oncoming traffic.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased motorcyclist, Lester Odail Espinoza Najera.

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Last week, a 16-year-old driver was arrested and charged for harassing bicyclists in Greenville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the investigation started with a few posts on the Greenville Spinners Bicycle Club Facebook page. Apparently, numerous cyclists reported having been harassed by a driver in Northern areas of the county. Upon investigation, law enforcement officials with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office found that the driver was a 16-year-old male in a Hyundai Tiburon.

Teen Driver Charged with Attempted Murder
In addition to verbally assaulting cyclists, the driver escalated to physical assaults including spitting, throwing drinks and even tossing lit fireworks at the riders. There were also attempts and threats to crash into the cyclists and efforts to cause them to crash. On April 10, the juvenile driver was charged and arrested for six counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault and battery 1st degree, two counts of assault and battery 3rd degree, two counts of throwing fireworks from a motor vehicle and 11 counts of taunting a bicycle.

U.S. Bicycle Crash Facts
• In 2012, 726 cyclists were killed in crashes across the nation.
• An additional 49,000 cyclists were injured in crashes.
• Cyclist deaths and injuries accounted for about two percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities and injuries during that year.
• In 2012, 682 cyclists were killed on U.S. roadways.

Share The Road
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of tips for increasing cyclist safety. In addition to never driving or riding distracted, riders and drivers are encouraged to Share The Road. Sharing the road means drivers and cyclists need to lookout for one another and show mutual respect. Drivers should remember that cyclists don’t have the same safety advantages as passenger in cars, so even seemingly minor crashes can send cyclists to the hospital or worse.

Keeping Cyclists in Asheville Safe
Cyclists are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups, and they are truly at the mercy of drivers on the roadway. At this time, at least 11 victims have come forward, but investigators suspect that there could be more. If a negligent or intentionally willful driver has injured you or somebody you love, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for an immediate free consultation.

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On Tuesday, one person was killed and another was injured in a one-car crash in Cherokee. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the car crossed the centerline and struck a tree. The crash occurred on Adams Creek Road, sometime before noon, in the Birdtown area.

The driver, Imadeann Sequoyah, was airlifted to Mission Hospital, where as of Wednesday, she was listed in fair condition. Her passenger, Mathew Starlin, was also airlifted to a hospital, but died as a result of his injuries. At this time, law enforcement officials think that speed could have been a factor in the crash, and charges may be pending.

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

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A North Carolina State Trooper is speaking out about elderly driver safety after a couple of fatal wrecks in the Asheville area. According to WLOS ABC NEWS Channel 13, two of the more recent wrecks occurred in Transylvania County. One crash involved an 82-year-old driver crossing the centerline of Highway 276, and another crash involved a 68-year-old driver who fell asleep behind the wheel. North Carolina State Trooper William Hemphill is quick to point out that senior driver safety isn’t about just taking away the keys anymore. It’s about making safe decisions behind the wheel. He spoke about measures to reduce risk for elder drivers, which could include avoiding long trips, driving in the rain, unprotected left turns and heavy traffic.

Older Driver Safety

Over the next two decades, the population of people ages 65 years and older is expected to reach 70 million, so addressing the safety risks facing elder drivers needs to be a top priority. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers older drivers and their family members a variety of resources, including a Drive Well Toolkit. If you plan on having ‘the talk’ with somebody you love, it’s important to remember that driving means independence for senior citizens.

Senior Driver Crash Facts

• 14 percent of the total U.S. resident population was aged 65 years and older in 2012.
• In 2012, 17 percent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. were among people ages 65 and up.
• 5,560 people 65 years old and older were killed in crashes in 2012.
• Approximately 214,000 older drivers were injured in car crashes in 2012.
• From 2003 to 2012, fatalities in crashes involving older drivers declined by 13 percent.

Elder Drivers in Asheville

With an aging baby boomer population, we could see an increase in injury-causing and fatal crashes involving elder drivers over the next couple of decades. Concerned family members can utilize the Drive Well Toolkit and other NHTSA resources to talk to their senior drivers, help them to remain independent and help to keep roadways safe in Asheville. If an older driver in or around the Asheville area has injured you or somebody you love, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 today for a free case consultation.

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On Monday night, one person was killed and another was seriously injured in a Transylvania County head-on collision. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime after 5:00 p.m. on U.S. 276. Very few details have been released about this deadly crash, but we do know that a red Nissan and a cable truck were involved. According to officials with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a resident in the area suddenly crossed the centerline and then struck the cable truck head on.

Driver Airlifted to Mission Hospital

A passenger riding in the Nissan died on the scene, and the driver was airlifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The cable truck ended up in a ditch, but thankfully, the driver was able to walk away from the scene. At this time, we do not know the current condition of the injured Nissan driver or the extent of injuries involved. Although State Troopers said that the weather was not a factor in this deadly wreck, there’s been no word on why the Nissan driver crossed the centerline. First responders and crews had to close the highway for about three hours as they worked the scene.

Fatal Crash Statistics
• In 2013, there were 30,057 fatal crashes resulting in 32,719 fatalities across the U.S.
• An estimated 2,313,000 people were injured in crashes in 2013.
• In 2013, speeding was a factor in 9,613 crash deaths.
• There were 3,944 fatalities involving large trucks in 2012.
• An estimated 104,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2012.

Deadly Crash in Asheville
Since very few details have been released about this crash, the cause is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased passenger and also wishes the injured driver a full and speedy recovery.

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

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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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Teen driving safety needs to be a top priority in Asheville and across the country. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Thankfully, most car accidents are totally preventable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of great tips for parents and teens, including safety guidelines, “5 to Drive” rules and educational content. Talking to teens about their risk factors behind the wheel and how to avoid preventable accidents is a great place to start.

Teen Driving Facts
• In 2011, about 2,650 teens, between the ages of 16 and 19, were killed in car crashes.
• Nearly 292,000 teens were treated in emergency rooms from car crashes in 2011.
• Teen drivers are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.
• When compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use.

Teen Driving Risk Factors

In addition to inexperience behind the wheel, teen drivers face a variety of risk factors behind the wheel. For example, the presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers. This risk actually increases with the number of teen passengers. The NHTSA has a Five Rules to Drive campaign aimed at raising awareness about risk factors for teen drivers. They encourage parents to speak with their teen drivers about the “5 to Drive,” and to hold them accountable with Parent-Teen Driving Contracts.

5 to Drive
1. No Cell phones 2. No Extra Passengers
3. No Speeding 4. No Alcohol
5. Always Buckle Up

After an Accident Involving a Teen Driver

It’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer after any kind of car accident. Crashes involving teen drivers could have a variety of factors involved. Whether it was a case of texting while driving, speeding or too many teen passengers, your lawyer can stay on top of investigative details.

If you or somebody you love has been injured in a car accident involving a teen driver, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

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On Tuesday, a crash on New Leicester Highway took the life of one man and sent two others to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 2:30 p.m., between Oak Hill and Heritage Drive. Apparently, 23-year-old Devon Aaron Forester pulled out of the parking lot of Hot Spot and into the path of a delivery truck. Although the truck driver attempted to avoid the car by swerving, he struck Forester’s vehicle.

Forester was killed in the crash and his passenger suffered from serious injuries. Additionally, the truck driver was also injured in the crash. Crews had to close New Leicester Highway for a few hours as they worked the scene.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Forester and wishes the injured victims speedy and full recoveries.

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Early Sunday morning, a crash involving a semi truck sent at least two people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around 4:30 A.M. in the westbound lanes of I-26, near the Long Shoals Road exit (Exit 37). For currently unknown reasons, an SUV collided with the large commercial truck. Both occupants inside of the SUV had to be taken to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured in the crash.

Tractor Trailer Crash in Asheville

As they cleared the scene, first responders and other crews had to shut down an area of Interstate 26 in South Asheville. At this time, very few details about the crash have been released. We do not know how or why the crash happened. Wrecks involving commercial trucks often take additional investigative efforts due to the federal safety regulations involved.

Tractor Trailer Crash Facts

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency tasked with regulating the commercial trucking industry. Since commercial trucks are so much larger and heavier than passenger occupant vehicles, they have additional rules and regulations to follow for safe roadway operation. According to the FMCSA, in 2012, 3,802 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes across the nation. This represented a five percent increase from the year before. Additionally, 3.5 percent of large truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had alcohol detected in their blood.

Common Types of Truck Accidents

• Rollover accidents • Jackknife accidents
• Tire blowouts • Underride accidents
• Distracted driving

When to Call a Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a tractor trailer accident, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Whether it was a jackknife accident or a case of distracted truck driving, the sooner you speak with a lawyer, the better. Multiple law enforcement agencies may be handling the investigation. Staying on top of all official developments will be your lawyer’s top priority.

After an accident involving a commercial trucking vehicle, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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On Wednesday, Buncombe County and other counties across North Carolina participated in Stop Arm Violation Count Day. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, bus drivers were asked to pay special attention to any drivers illegally passing school buses while their stop arms were extended. Although it seems obvious, drivers should not be passing stopped school buses where children are loading and unloading. Buncombe County alone averages about 70 violations every day.

Since 1999, drivers illegally passing stopped school buses have killed 14 students in North Carolina. Thankfully, many buses are now outfitted with cameras that could lead to improved enforcement of illegal passing.

If your child has been injured in a school bus accident or while getting on or off a school bus, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.