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A Western Carolina University professor who was injured while riding his bicycle is now urging drivers to put their phones down behind the wheel. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Jack Summers was in a bike lane on N.C. 107, about two miles from the university, when a car hit him. He will have to miss about three months of school due to back surgery and recovery from his injuries. He is also warning cyclists that they’re not safe, even in bicycle lanes, especially while there are distracted drivers on the roads.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident involving a distracted driver in Asheville or in any of the surrounding Western North Carolina communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-279-7799 for a free case consultation.

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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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Last week, a cyclist in Transylvania County was airlifted to the hospital after a crash. According to WLOS ABC NEWS Channel 13, the incident happened on Blantyre Church Road sometime around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. Very few details about this bicycle crash have been released, but we do know that first responders with Little River Fire Department were on the scene. Initial reports indicate that the bicyclist may have slid on gravel during a downhill stretch. Her bicycle slid into a ditch beside the roadway.

Thankfully, she was conscious when first responders found her. Since she may have suffered a back injury, she was airlifted to Mission Hospital for evaluation and treatment. Another cyclist was on the scene, but that person wasn’t involved in the crash. If you have been injured in a bicycle crash in or around Asheville, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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On Monday, an 18-year-old cyclist in Asheville was struck by a car and injured. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 7:00 p.m. on Amboy Road near Short Michigan Avenue. He was reportedly riding toward Carrier Park at the time of the collision. Although very few details about this crash have been released, we do know that the teen was transported to Mission Hospital for treatment of head injuries. At this time, there has been no word on his current condition or the full extent of injuries involved.

Cyclist Hit Near Carrier Park

Witnesses nearby rushed to aid the injured teen, and first responders were called to the scene. No information has been released on whether or not any citations or charges have been made. The driver involved was not injured in the collision. The cause of this crash could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 did report that although he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, the teenaged cyclist was expected to survive his injuries.

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Last week, a teen cyclist was sideswiped by an SUV. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened as the teen was headed to the North Carolina Glass Center in the River Arts District. The teen reported that a tan SUV honked at him, and it startled him, so he moved over, thinking he was getting out of the large vehicle’s way. The SUV then moved into his space and sideswiped him, knocking him momentarily airborne and then onto the roadway. The teen was bruised, suffered from road rash and was obviously a little shaken up.

Asheville Cyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run

The driver of the SUV told the teen that he called the cops, but they said they didn’t need to come and that it was fine. The driver then shook the injured teen’s hand and left the scene. At the time, the teen took the driver for his word and didn’t know that the police should have and would have come to the scene if they were actually called. Days later, when he went to file a police report, he learned that the driver lied about calling the authorities. This was the second hit-and-run incident involving a cyclist in Asheville in the past couple of weeks.

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WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently reported on recommended changes in laws governing bicycle safety in the State of North Carolina. A series of public meetings have culminated in a report with recommendations to the legislature’s transportation committee. Some of those recommendations include requiring reflective clothing and allowing drivers to cross the double-yellow line when passing cyclists.

Cyclist advocacy groups see these potential changes as a bit of a mixed bag. In some cases, these recommendations could actually put bicycle riders in greater danger. The biggest takeaway from the dialogue should be that the issue of cyclist safety is really about all roadway users. Improving safety for bicycle riders is about improving safety for everybody on North Carolina roadways.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in Asheville or the surrounding areas, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897.

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After safely riding 750 miles across France, a cyclist is struck by cars twice in one week in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Luke Heller recently completed the Paris-Brest-Paris, which is a 750-mile bike ride with 6,000 participants. The ride goes across France. Shortly upon returning to Asheville, Heller was struck by a car on Haywood Road. He was scraped up in that incident, but otherwise okay. Later that week, while riding to work, he was struck by another car on Haywood Road.

Asheville Cyclist Injured on Haywood Road

This time, the car that struck him was turning out of Brownwood Road. Heller went over the handlebars, landed on the sidewalk and was injured. He suffered from a broken elbow. Ironically, the car struck him right beside a Share The Road arrow. Heller was reportedly most upset about the vulnerability of cyclists on U.S. roadways. Even the most experienced cyclists can become injured, or worse, in collisions involving motor vehicles. Heller also remarked that something should be done so that drivers incorporate cyclist safety into their driving styles.

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On Tuesday morning, a woman from Asheville was struck and killed while riding her bicycle in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Chimney Rock Road, near Saint Mary’s Drive at about 6:30 a.m. Carrie Byrnside, 25-years-old, was killed after being struck by two vehicles on the roadway. Initial reports indicate that one of the drivers didn’t even see her prior to striking her. Although very few details have been released, we do know that the crash shut down a portion of the roadway for about an hour and a half as first responders and crews worked the scene.

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A recent study out of North Carolina State found that “Share the Road” signs might not be as effective as they’re supposed to be. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the study found that drivers who saw “Share the Road” signs didn’t react any differently than drivers who did not see any sign. Some advocates are calling on new signs with stronger messages.

Bicycle Accidents in Asheville

Whether drivers are paying attention to the signs or not, they need to be following the law and safely sharing the roadways with cyclists and other roadway users. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in or around the Asheville area, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897.

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On Sunday evening, a 12-year-old on a bicycle was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Jackson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 7:00 p.m., on Old Cullowhee Road. The child, August Lusk, was on his brand new bicycle when he was hit by a black pickup truck.

Lusk was rushed to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries to his skull, collarbone and ankle. State Troopers report that the driver was going about 65 to 70 miles per hour in the 55 mile-per-hour zone. Initial investigations indicate that the truck involved was either a Ford F-150 or a Bronco made between 1980-86. Anybody with information on the accident or vehicle involved in the hit is run is being asked to contact the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes August Lusk a swift and full recovery from his injuries.

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