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Town leaders in Maggie Valley are taking steps to improve pedestrian safety on a busy roadway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a pedestrian safety plan is moving forward for Soco Road in the Haywood County town. Last summer, Maggie Valley received a $2.4 million grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for traffic calming measures along the busy main roadway. Design funding has been approved, and a plan is moving forward. Modernized crosswalks, caution lights and bike lanes are going to be implemented in the area. The plan is expected to take between three and five years to complete.

U.S. Pedestrian Crash Facts

  • 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2015.
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Over the weekend, there was an apparent single-vehicle crash on Hendersonville Road. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a vehicle crashed into a light pole on Hendersonville Road at Davis Grey Drive. Very little information has been released about this wreck, but we do know that it happened at about midnight on Saturday night.

First responders and crews rushed to the scene. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported. A portion of the roadway had to be closed as crews worked to repair the light pole. There has been no word on the cause of this crash, which could still be under investigation with local law enforcement officials.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in or around the Asheville area, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 919-939-2105 for a free case consultation today.

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On Monday afternoon, there was a fatal crash involving a semi truck in Madison County. According to WLOS ABC News channel 13, the wreck happened at about 4:30 p.m. on Highway 213, between Marshall and Mars Hill. Very few details about this fatal truck crash have been released, but we do know that a car was traveling east on N.C. 213, when it collided with a semi truck that was reportedly slowing down to merge into a turn lane. The car struck the big rig from behind and rolled over several times. The vehicle came to rest about 400 feet down a hill from the roadway. The victim was reportedly ejected from her vehicle. There has been no word on whether or not she was buckled up at the time of the wreck.

Large Truck Crash Facts

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Recent data shows that mountain counties scored relatively low for instances of aggressive driving in the State of North Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Mecklenburg County issued 270 citations for aggressive driving last year. Incidents involving aggressive diving included speeding and two other offenses. Additional offenses can include running a red light, rolling through a stop sign, illegal passing, failing to yield and following another vehicle too closely.

Wake County, which ranks second in population, had 67 aggressive driving citations for the year. Buncombe County, the seventh largest county, had 17 drivers cited for aggressive driving. Henderson County had eight citations, and Haywood had two.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving an aggressive driver in or around the Asheville area, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-279-7799 for a free consultation.

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A Transylvania County deputy may be facing charges following a crash that happened in Biltmore Village last week. According to WLOB ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Thursday night at the intersection of Hendersonville Road and Lodge Street. The Transylvania County deputy, Sgt. Trevor Queen, was reportedly on his way to Mission Hospital to collect evidence about a dog attack at the time of the crash. Sgt. Queen reportedly put his blue lights and sirens on to get to the hospital. Although there was a red light at the intersection of Biltmore Avenue and Lodge Street, Queen proceeded through. His vehicle collided with an automobile that had a green light through the intersection. Both drivers were injured in the crash.

Injury Crash Involving

At this time, the incident is still under investigation with the Asheville Police Department. Initial reports indicate that Sgt. Queen was at fault. There has been no word on the charges he is facing yet. Additionally, the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office is also conducting an internal investigation to determine what, if any policies were violated during the crash. There has been no word on the full extent of injuries involved, and at least one of the people injured in the dog attack has been released from the hospital.

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Last week, there was a crash involving two tractor-trailers in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Interstate 26, near mile marker 57, near the Henderson and Polk County line. Very few details about this semi truck crash have been released, but we do know that one 18-wheeler struck another big rig. Initial reports indicate that a third commercial vehicle is believed to have pulled onto the interstate from the emergency lane, causing the other two trucks to collide.

Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported on the scene. Tow trucks and crews were called to the scene to clear the roadway and get the lane reopened for traffic. This crash is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement officials. If you have been injured in a truck accident in or around Asheville, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-279-7799 for a free consultation.

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On Thursday, there was a crash involving a two semi trucks and a utility truck in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Interstate 26 and sent at least two people to the hospital. The collision occurred at about 10:00 a.m., in the eastbound lanes of I-26, near Exit 44. Very few details about the truck crash have been released, but we do know that a utility truck reportedly merged and collided with a tractor-trailer. That truck hit another big rig, and diesel fuel was spilled onto the roadway. At least two people were transported to Park Ridge Hospital, and a portion of the roadway had to be closed as crews and first responders worked the scene.

Tanker Truck Crash in McDowell County

Last week, we reported on the tanker truck crash that happened in McDowell County. A tanker hauling heating oil overturned beside the roadway and spilled fuel onto the roadway. Although there has been no word on the official cause of the crash, the driver reportedly said that his brakes malfunctioned prior to the wreck. Investigations involving large trucks are often lengthy due to the additional regulations associated with the commercial trucking industry. If malfunctioning brakes or any other type of mechanical issue causes a crash involving a big rig, it’s essential to determine whether or not the vehicle was in full compliance with all safety maintenance regulations.

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On Saturday, there was a fatal wrong-way crash on Interstate 26 (U.S.-19) in Woodfin. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened between exit 24 and 25. Very little information has been released, but we do know that 73-year-old Jimmy Davis of Nashville was headed the wrong way on U.S.-19 North in the southbound lane, when his vehicle hit another vehicle head-on. Davis, a passenger in his vehicle and the other driver were all rushed to Mission Hospital for treatment. Davis did not survive his injuries.

This head-on collision is still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. There has been no word on the extent of injuries involved or on the conditions of the passenger or the other driver. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Davis’ family members and friends.

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Over the weekend, icy conditions in and around Asheville had traffic at a standstill on many local roadways. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, some drivers were stuck on primary roads, highways and interstates for hours at a time. Some roads, including Interstate 40 at the bottom of Old Fort Mountain, had to be closed for safety. Highway patrol troopers in Western North Carolina report nearly 400 calls for service during the wintery weather conditions. Some of the roads were so slippery that first responders couldn’t get to the wreckage. Many people abandoned their vehicles to walk home in the cold. Listed below are AAA’s tips for safe driving in winter weather conditions.

AAA’s Tips For Winter Weather Driving Safety

  • Stay home, if you can.
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On Friday night, a crash involving two tractor-trailers resulted in an explosion in Polk County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Interstate 26, near Holbert Cove Road. Very little information has been released about this truck crash, but we do know that one of the big rigs was hauling butane at the time of the wreck. Initial reports indicate that one of the trucks collided with the other somewhere near Exit 59, just west of Columbus at Mile Marker 61. Minor injuries were reported with this truck crash. At this time, there has been no word on the cause of the collision, which is likely still under investigation.

Trucking Safety Regulations

Because commercial trucking vehicles are so much larger and heavier than smaller passenger occupant vehicles, there are additional industry-wide safety regulations that all trucks, drivers and trucking companies have to comply with. When trucks are hauling flammable, combustible or hazardous materials, there are even more regulations to ensure safe roadway operation for trucks and other roadway users. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has regulations that include topics ranging from cargo securement and hours-in-service issues to tire maintenance and mechanical safety.

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