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July 16, 2014

Pedestrian Struck and Killed

On Sunday afternoon, a pedestrian was struck and killed on Kimberly Avenue. Virginia Senechal, 66 years old, was just returning from a visit to the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary. The incident happened in the 400 block of Kimberly Avenue. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, she was struck by a 29-year-old driver named Maximilian Alexander.

Reckless Driving and Death by Vehicle

Alexander has been charged with reckless driving and misdemeanor death by vehicle. He was released on a $2000 bond. Very few details have been released about this crash. Other than 'reckless driving,' authorities haven't made it entirely clear how the victim was struck. Was the driver distracted, speeding or violating roadway safety signs and signals?

Pedestrian Safety in Asheville

Sadly, fatal and injury-causing pedestrian accidents in and around Asheville have been popping up in the news frequently this year. Last week, we reported on an 11-year-old boy who was struck by a car. The weather is beautiful and roadway users aren't limited to passenger vehicle occupants. Pedestrian safety needs to be a top priority for motorists in Asheville and across the state.

Everyone is a Pedestrian

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) "Everyone is a Pedestrian" campaign is aimed at raising awareness about pedestrian safety in the U.S. In 2012, there were 4,743 pedestrian deaths across the country. Pedestrians are actually one of the few groups of roadway users that continue to experience an increase in fatalities each year. According to the NHTSA, 14 percent of all traffic fatalities and an estimated three percent of injured victims in traffic crashes are pedestrians.

After a Pedestrian or Bicycle Accident

After a pedestrian or bicycle accident, it's a good idea to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. In North Carolina, it can be difficult to recover compensation for injuries and wrongful death lawsuits due to contributory negligence issues. If a claims adjuster can show that the victim was even 1 percent at fault for the accident, recovering compensation to cover damages will be impossible. Speak with your attorney first, before giving insurance adjusters any information that they could twist around to deny your claim. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Virginia Senechal.

June 11, 2014

Pedestrian Killed Early Saturday Morning

On Saturday morning, a pedestrian was struck and killed at a South Carolina intersection. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime before 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of Chesnee Highway and Gossett Road in Cherokee Springs. Very little information has been released about this collision, which killed 46-year-old Doyle Burke. He was pronounced dead on the scene. At this time, there's no word on how this crash happened. Could alcohol have been a factor? Although this incident is still under investigation with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, no information has been released about the driver or any potential charges involved.

2012 Pedestrian Traffic Safety Facts

• 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes.
• Pedestrian deaths accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities for the year.
• 90 percent of pedestrian fatalities involved only a single vehicle.
• Pedestrians made up three percent of all people injured in motor vehicle crashes for the year.
• More than one-fifth of the children, ages 10 to 15, killed in motor vehicle wrecks were pedestrians.
• 32 percent of pedestrian fatalities happened between 8:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
• Alcohol involvement, for either driver or pedestrian, was reported in nearly half of all fatal pedestrian crashes (48 percent).
• In 2012, pedestrian deaths increased six percent from the previous year.

Everyone is a Pedestrian

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) "Everyone is a Pedestrian" campaign offers motorists and pedestrians a variety of great tips to improve safety for all roadway users. Pedestrians can certainly improve their safety by using crosswalks, when available, observing all traffic signs and signals and by trying to be predictable. Unfortunately, that's not always enough. Motorists need to be on the lookout for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders. It doesn't matter how visible you are, if a driver is checking Facebook or texting behind the wheel.

After a Pedestrian Accident

If you have been injured or someone you love has been struck and killed, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A skilled lawyer can stay on top of official investigative developments and help see you through this difficult time. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Doyle Burke.

March 26, 2014

Pedestrian Critically Injured on Sunday Night

On Sunday night, a pedestrian was struck by a car and critically injured. The incident occurred at the intersection of Broadway Street and Campus Drive, by the rear entrance of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. At about 9:30 p.m., a pickup truck struck 47-year-old Paul Travis Schaible. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, the victim was listed in critical condition as of Monday afternoon. Additionally, this incident is still under investigation, and no charges have been made.
Pedestrian Crash Facts

• In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S.
• In 2011, 4,432 pedestrians were killed in crashes.
70,000 pedestrians were injured in crashes in 2010.
• Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.
• In 2010, nearly one in five children, between the ages of 5 and 9, who were killed in traffic crashes, was a pedestrian.
• On average, one pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in 2010.

Everyone is a Pedestrian

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) "Everybody is a Pedestrian" campaign is aimed at raising awareness about pedestrian safety. A variety of grants have been made available to fund educational and enforcement programs. The NHTSA offers great tips for increasing your safety while walking. There are even tips specifically aimed at keeping children safe on their way to and from school. Finally, the most important part of the campaign is truly recognizing that "Everybody is a Pedestrian." Pedestrians are still getting struck and killed even when they're using crosswalks, obeying signals and wearing high visibility clothing. Motorists need to be on the lookout for pedestrians and always share the roadway with other users.

After a Pedestrian Accident

If you or a pedestrian you love has been struck by a car, contact the experienced team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today. A skilled attorney can stay on top of official investigations and get the ball rolling on your case. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Mr. Schaible a speedy and full recovery.

November 6, 2010

War Hero Dies After Being Hit By Asheville Bus

Asheville Bus Hit Pedestrian.jpgAfter traveling all over the world and serving his country in three wars, David Stroupe, 86 of Leicester, died Friday while still being treated for injuries he received after being struck by an Asheville Transit Authority bus. The bus collided with Stroupe in the Westgate parking lot outside of Earth Fare.

An eyewitness, Karess Walker, of Asheville told authorities that Stroupe "was just coming out of the corner and he just stopped in the middle of the road." From her view, Walker felt that Stroupe "must have assumed the bus was going to stop. But it kept on going, and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, please don't hit the man.' I thought he was going to stop right before it got to the man. But he just ran him right over."

Stroupe suffered a head injury and a foot injury in the incident. When the bus finally stopped, it landed on Stroupe's foot. EMS transported Stroupe to Memorial Mission for emergency treatment.

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August 23, 2010

Guilford Teen Charged With Texting While Driving & Hit and Run

Hit & Run.jpgAs safety advocates and parents continue to preach the dangers of texting while driving, teenagers continue to test the texting laws to the detriment and harm of everyone else. Last week, Justin Wallace, a 19 year old Connecticutt man, showed up in Superior Court to be formally charged with a host of minor crimes arising out of his texting while driving hit & run fiasco with a pedestrian.

In the early evening of July 24, Lori Walsh was walking single file with her dog and two children down Tanner Marsh Road. At the same time, Wallace was driving his father's 1997 tan Toyota Camry in the same direction as the mother and children were walking. Wallace was sending and receiving text messages on his cell phone as he drove down the road. He knew it was against the law but didn't think he would get caught.

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November 9, 2009

Asheville - Target Fails to Inspect Bicycle - Brain Injury

Schwinn Kids' Bike.jpgWhen a consumer purchases a bicycle, or any product for that matter, they have the right to expect that the product will be safe for its intended use. After all, a corporate retailer is never allowed to needlessly endanger its customer or the general public. But that is exactly what big box giant Target has been doing for years. There are an estimated 67 million bicycles being ridden in America, and more than 59% of those are ridden by children.

On April 15th, 2006, a North Carolina couple decided to purchase a bicycle for their 14 year old daughter. They researched the various types of bicycles available and selected, what was in their opinion, the best bike for their daughter. They purchased the bicycle at Target because Target offered free assembly, represented that the bike was ready to ride, and their price was cheaper than buying the bike at a local bicycle specialty store.

Two weeks later, after the bicycle had been ridden just a few times by the daughter, the mother hopped on the bike to ride 3 blocks down the street to a neighbor's house. As she pedalled along, she shifted the bike's gears and suddenly the handle-bar violently jerked to the right, throwing her into the street on her head. The investigation found that the cause of the bicycle wreck was that the gear shift cable was incorrectly routed around the water bottle cage.

The brain injury was devastating. Severe amnesia, over a week in the intensive care unit, and months of brain injury rehabilitation therapy. The medical bills were enormous. She was unable to return to her profession as an auditor, and the extent of her injury left her with severe cognitive and emotional impairments. There are more than 150,000 non-fatal brain injuries from bicycle accidents each year in the US.

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November 4, 2009

Asheville Area Child Seriously Injured By Drunk Driver

drunk_drivers[1].jpgLast Sunday in Arden, 25 year old Manuel Martinez drove his car through a row of mailboxes and then struck a 9 year old little boy. Martinez continued driving after hitting the child, but he and his passenger were arrested a short time later after eyewitnesses identified the pair at a local gas station.

Police officers determined that Martinez' blood alcohol content was .21 at the time of the crash - that is almost 3 times the legal limit. As a result of his conduct, officers charged him with DWI, felony hit and run, reckless driving, and having an open container of alcohol in his car. Our search of the State's criminal records does not show any prior criminal charges against Martinez.

Drunk driving is still a serious problem in North Carolina and in the US. On average, there are more than 300,000 people injured each year in the US in alcohol related crashes - that is an average of one person injured almost every 2 minutes (NHTSA, Alcohol, 1999). Many of those crashes involve pedestrians.

Crashes involving drunk drivers frequently cause serious injuries or death because the drunk driver is often speeding at the time of the wreck. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that speeding alone was a contributing factor in almost 30% of all fatal crashes last year." (NHTSA, Speeding, 2009).

After the incident, EMS transported the child to the hospital where emergency room physicians diagnosed him with a severely fractured pelvis. Such injuries are usually not life threatening, but can cause problems that can last a lifetime, such as chronic pain and limited range of movement. Hopefully, the child will make a full and complete recovery.

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