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A cyclist in Asheville was injured when a motorist got out of his vehicle and assaulted him at an intersection. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, this road rage incident happened near the construction area on Sand Hill Road. Initial reports indicate that the cyclist was keeping with the pace of traffic prior to the incident. The driver, apparently frustrated that he was unable to pass the cyclist, got out of his truck at a stop light and attacked the cyclist. Claude Watson punched the cyclist in the face before retreating back into his pickup truck and taking off. Thankfully, the whole incident was caught on another vehicle’s dashboard camera.

Cyclist in Asheville Assaulted by Driver

Prior to the assault, the cyclist reported that the driver tried to pass him and came so close to him that he had to swerve his bicycle to keep from being run off of the roadway. Watson has since been arrested. He was charged with simple assault and reckless driving to endanger. Many people in the Asheville cyclist community are not surprised, and have faced similar situations on roadways around town.

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Earlier this week, there was a crash involving a Buncombe County school bus in Candler. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Monday morning in the 1850 block of Pisgah Highway, near the Davis Creek Road intersection. Initial reports indicate that a Jeep Compass struck the Enka Intermediate School bus.

The driver of the Jeep was reportedly trying to pass the bus in a no passing zone at the time of the collision. There were three students on the bus at the time of the crash. Thankfully, no student injuries were reported on the scene. The driver of the Jeep was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. That person was cited for reckless driving, and could be facing additional charges or citations.

If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-279-7799 for a free consultation.

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This fall, officials in Western North Carolina are calling on Motorcycle riders and motorists to exercise additional caution on local roadways. The leaf season is a popular time for motorcycle riders to hit the scenic roadways around Asheville. With recent motorcycle crashes happening on the Blue Ridge Parkway, rangers are reminding motorcycle riders to stay safe. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, advocates are calling on bikers to keep their eyes on the road and wear helmets. Although the beautiful fall foliage might tempt a motorist or motorcycle rider to take in the views, it’s important to focus on the road.

Pull Over to Take in The Fall Colors

Rangers are urging motorcycle riders to pull over to take in the fall colors. The Blue Ridge Parkway has parking areas with incredible views. Riders who try to take in the fall colors while they ride might be more likely to drift off a curve or cross over the centerline. It’s essential for motorcycle riders to focus their full attention on the road this time of year, because motorists might be distracted behind the wheel.

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On Sunday, one person was injured in a motorcycle crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened near Graveyard Fields in Haywood County. Very little information about this motorcycle crash has been released, but we do know that one person was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

There has been no word on the extent of injuries involved or on that person’s current condition. The cause of this crash is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in Asheville or in any of the surrounding Western North Carolina communities, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-279-7799 for a free case consultation today.

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On Thursday, a motorcyclist was killed in a Brevard Crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on US 276, above the Ranger Station, at about 6:00 p.m. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that a small passenger car was also involved.

The motorcycle rider, Bradley Aaron Phillips of Charlotte, was headed northbound when his bike reportedly traveled left of center through a curve and collided with a small passenger car. Phillips did not survive his injuries. The occupants of the vehicle were transported to Transylvania Regional Hospital for evaluation and treatment of injuries.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Phillips’ family members and friends and wishes swift and speedy recoveries to those injured in the crash.

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Over the weekend, a pedestrian was found dead on Tunnel Road, under the I-240 overpass. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened between South Tunnel Road and Crocket Avenue, sometime around 2:00 a.m. on Saturday. Very few details about this fatal pedestrian collision have been released, but we do know that Ryan Michael Rast died of injuries consistent with being hit by a vehicle. Law enforcement officials are asking anybody with information about the crash, or anybody who was traveling through the area at about 2:00 a.m. on Saturday to contact the Asheville Police Department. The cause of this apparent hit-and-run crash remains under investigation.

Pedestrian Crashes by The Numbers

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Additionally, law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and across the nation will be stepping up efforts to catch and deter drunk drivers during the Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, the Labor Day holiday weekend is frequently associated with a spike in injury causing and fatal crashes involving drunk drivers. According to the NHTSA, during the Labor Day holidays from 2011 to 2015, more than 750 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.

Accidents involving drunk drivers are often devastating for drivers and passengers in other vehicle. Roadways should be safe and free of drunk drivers on holiday weekends and all year long. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody a Happy and Safe Labor Day weekend.

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On Monday afternoon, there was a semi truck crash on Interstate 40. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Black Mountain, just before exit 72. Very few details about this truck crash have been released, but we do know that the truck went over an embankment. All eastbound lanes had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene. There has been no word on the cause of the crash or if anybody was injured. This tractor-trailer crash could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

U.S. Large Truck Crash Statistics

  • In 2014, 3,908 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks.
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Last week, there was a single-vehicle injury crash in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Butler Bridge Road at Yadkin Road, sometime before 10:00 a.m. For currently unknown reasons, a pickup truck left the roadway, plowed through a mailbox and hit a tree. First responders had to extricate one of the passengers from the wreckage. That person was transported to Mission Hospital.

Two other people were transported to Park Ridge Hospital for treatment of injuries. Thankfully, their injuries were described as non-life threatening. There has been no word on the cause of the crash, which is likely still under investigation with law enforcement officials. If you have been injured in a car accident in Asheville or in any of the surrounding Western North Carolina communities, contact the skilled Personal Injury team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-279-7799 for a free case consultation.

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The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is currently publicizing their safety campaign regarding the upcoming solar eclipse. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the State Highway Patrol is calling on motorists to put safety first on North Carolina roadways during this busy event. They have a variety of tips for locals and travelers who will be in North Carolina for the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. In addition to local drivers, they’re also expecting plenty of traffic due to people traveling to see the eclipse from certain areas in Western North Carolina. Listed below are some of the State Highway Patrol’s safety tips for the upcoming solar eclipse.

State Highway Patrol Pre and Post-Eclipse Safety Tips

  • Arrive to your viewing destination early.

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