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On Tuesday night, a crash on Highway 280 in Henderson County took the life of 26-year-old Robert Slater. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a pickup truck crossed the center lane of the highway and was headed for oncoming traffic. The truck hit a Honda going the other direction, head on.

Initial reports indicate that the cars involved were going about 50 miles per hour at the time of the collision. The driver of the pickup truck was taken to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. The driver of the Honda was killed. The crash is still under investigation, and charges are pending against the pickup truck driver.

Law enforcement officials did report that they plan on investigating whether or not distracted driving could have been a factor in this crash. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to family members and friends of Robert Slater.

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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.

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On Thursday morning, a crash involving a Greenville County Sheriff’s deputy ended in the death of a pedestrian. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the collision happened at about 5:30 a.m. at the intersection of Augusta Road and Old Augusta Road.

For currently unknown reasons, a deputy, who hasn’t yet been identified, struck a pedestrian. Two other vehicles were also involved in a collision just after the pedestrian was fatally hit. There’s no word on how the two crashes are related, and no injuries were immediately reported from the second collision.

A multi-disciplinary accident investigation (MAIT) team has been dispatched to investigate the incident. At this time, very few details have been released. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased pedestrian.

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On Monday night, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision involving a suspected drunk driver. The incident happened at about 9:30 p.m. in downtown Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, John Allan Zabriski, the driver of a 2004 Toyota pickup truck, was turning onto Woodfin Place from Charlotte Street, when he failed to yield the right-of-way to a motorcycle rider. The two vehicles collided, and the motorcyclist was killed.

Driving While Impaired
Zabriskie was arrested and charged with felony death by vehicle, DWI and making an unsafe movement. He was released after posting as $25,000 bond, and his court appearance is scheduled for October 9, 2014. Authorities have not yet released the name of the deceased motorcycle rider, because they are still trying to locate his out-of-state family members.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Facts
• In 2010, 4,502 people were killed in motorcycle crashes.
• In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in crashes.
• Since 2000, motorcycle crash deaths have increased by 55 percent.
• In medical care costs and productivity losses, motorcycle crash-related injuries and deaths cost $12 billion in one year.

Improving Motorcycle Safety
Most motorcycle riders are well aware of the importance of practicing safe riding techniques and improving their personal safety through the use of protective helmets, jackets, boots and other gear. Sadly, even with the latest and greatest safety equipment, motorcyclists can still become devastatingly injured or killed in crashes with drivers who aren’t sharing the road. Distracted and impaired drivers can put motorcyclists and other vulnerable roadway users at great risk. Motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists don’t have seat belts, steel cages and side-curtain air bags to keep them safe. They’re counting on drivers to pay attention, drive sober and share the road.

After a Fatal Motorcycle Accident
After a fatal motorcycle accident, it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Surviving family members are often facing medical bills, funeral expenses, a loss of future income, loss of companionship and the pain and suffering that accompanies the loss of a loved one. Having an attorney on your side during this difficult time is absolutely critical. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased motorcyclist.

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On Monday morning, a pedestrian was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash near Hickory. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at around 7:00 a.m. on U.S. 321, south of Interstate 40. At this time, very little information has been released about this wreck which took the life of one person.

Investigators with the North Carolina Highway Patrol are still investigating the crash and trying to locate the driver. They are reportedly looking for a car with front-end damage and a broken windshield. At this time, there’s no word on color, make or model of the car. Authorities have not yet released the name of the victim, but the team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to his or her family members and friends.

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Last week, the Department of Transportation (DOT) began working on a two-mile section of Highway 74A to improve traction and safety in wet weather. This particular stretch of the highway is notorious for dangerous and fatal crashes. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the initial resurfacing project was only going to take a couple of days, but they won’t be able to re-paint the lanes until the new surface hardens, which could take a few weeks.

DOT Doesn’t Report any Problems
Although the DOT conducted skid tests with no reported problems, they’ve elected to add the new sticky surface on top of the blacktop highway for added protection. The resurfacing project most likely came about after numerous complaints from motorists and the deadly crash that took the life of a toddler last year. Drivers aren’t complaining about the reduction in lanes or added traffic during the resurfacing project, because they’re hoping this will help to improve traction and safety, especially in bad weather.

U.S. Highway Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there are more than 1,700 fatalities and 840,000 injuries due to crashes on public highways each year. Hopefully, this resurfacing project will help to improve safety for North Carolinians. Drivers are still encouraged to observe all speed limits and adjust their speed appropriately when the conditions call for it. The NHTSA also recommends properly choosing and maintaining tires to help you safely navigate the roadways. They urge motorists to check tread wear and tire pressure at least once a month to make sure your vehicle is safe for icy or wet conditions.

After a Car Accident
After any kind of car accident, it’s absolutely essential to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Victims are often out of work and in the hospital. You need an advocate on your side to stay abreast of official investigations, deal with pushy insurance companies and make sure you get the compensation you deserve to get on with your life. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident because of somebody else’s negligent, careless or reckless behavior, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a case consultation today.

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The local bicycle community has been showing support for the Fairview cyclist who was injured in a crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Jaime Johnsen was seriously injured during a training ride on Wednesday evening. A vehicle turned in front of her bicycle at the Highway 74A intersection.

Jaime suffered from a fractured skull, concussion, ligament tears and other injuries. Faced with astronomical medical bills, a fellow cyclist started a gofundme.com account to raise money. The feedback and support from the local cycling community has been overwhelming.

Motorists are urged to lookout for cyclists and pedestrians. Even seemingly minor accidents can be incredibly devastating for cyclists, who don’t have the benefit of seat belts, air bags and steel safety cages. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Jaime Johnsen a full and speedy recovery from her injuries.

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On Saturday afternoon, a crash on Big Island Road in Rutherford County took the life of a 15-year-old girl. This one-car crash happened when the driver apparently lost control of his vehicle while trying to negotiate a curve on Big Island Road. The truck ran off the roadway and went down an embankment. The vehicle hit several trees before it came to rest.

WLOS ABC News Channel 13 reports that the victim was a passenger in the truck which was being driven by a 16-year-old boy who recently got his driver’s license. At this time, authorities are saying that excessive speed and inexperience were factors in this crash. Sadly, this is the second teen crash fatality in Rutherford County this year.

Teen Drivers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motor vehicle wrecks are the number one cause of death for children ages 14 to 18 years old. Sadly, nearly half of all teen drivers involved in crashes die. The NHTSA encourages parents to talk to their children about safety behind the wheel. Parents can find great resources at Safercar.gov’s “5 to Drive” site. They offer great ways to start a dialogue about five important safety topics for teen drivers, including distracted driving, extra passengers, speeding, alcohol and seat belts usage.

Excessive Speed

Speed limits are posted to keep roadway users safe. On average, 1,000 people are killed in crashes involving high speed each month, across the country. The NHTSA reports that 32 percent of all drivers aged 15 to 24 years old involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the wreck. For drivers under the age of 21 involved in fatal crashes, 38 percent of male drivers were speeding and 24 percent of female drivers were speeding at the time of the crash.

The death of a community member can be incredibly devastating, but even more so when children and young adults lose their lives. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members, friends and classmates of the 15-year-old girl who lost her life in this wreck.

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Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are urging drivers to put down their cell phones. In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers. Teen drivers, and their parents, are encouraged to take “The Pledge” to protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

It’s critical to note that while cell phones are easily the most popular form of distraction behind the wheel, other behaviors and items can serve as distractions too. Any task that takes a driver’s cognitive, manual or visual attention away from driving is considered a distraction. Eating food, changing the radio station and day dreaming are all types of distractions behind the wheel. Commit to driving distraction free this summer and all year long. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. today.

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Law enforcement officers are still investigating the hit-and-run crash that critically injured a pedestrian on Sunday morning. The incident happened in Fletcher, on Souther Road in the Hoopers Creek area. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Brian Capps was struck and dragged by a vehicle, after leaving a party on foot. Thankfully, his friends went out looking for him. He was swiftly transported to Mission Hospital and is in an intensive care unit.

Had his friends not thought to go looking for him, he could have died on the scene. The father of three isn’t out of the woods yet, and the community is calling on the hit-and-run driver to come forward. Officials with the North Carolina Highway Patrol are still investigating this terrible wreck. There is currently no information on the extent of Capps’ injuries.

Asheville Pedestrian Accidents
This isn’t the first pedestrian crash we’ve seen this summer. Just a few weeks ago, a pedestrian was struck and killed on Kimberly Avenue. Before that, a child was struck on Highway 70. With more pedestrians and cyclists sharing the road during the warm summer months, drivers need to recognize that “Everyone is a Pedestrian.” This mindset can help drivers to be more safety conscious and proactive behind the wheel.

Danger for Pedestrians

In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes. Sadly, pedestrians are one of the few roadway-user groups who continue to see an increase in fatalities and injuries each year. This disturbing news has been linked with issues like distracted and impaired driving. If drivers are impaired or not paying attention to the road, they’re likely to strike pedestrians, cyclists or other roadway users.

What to do After an Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Pedestrian accidents are complicated enough, without hit-and-run drivers on the loose, so it’s important to have a skilled lawyer on your side. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Brian Capps a full and speedy recovery from his injuries.