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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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Last week, there was a fatal crash involving a motorcycle and a van in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Friday afternoon on Long Shoals Road near The Forest at Biltmore Park. Very little information has been released about this crash, but we do know that one person was killed in the wreck. Following the crash, local law enforcement officials were urging drivers and riders to exercise additional caution or roadways prior to the holiday weekend. There has been no word on whether or not any charges or citations have been made. This wreck is likely still under investigation with law enforcement officers.

U.S. Motorcycle Crashes by The Numbers

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On Monday morning, there was a motorcycle crash on Tunnel Road in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime before 8:05 a.m. First responders with the Asheville Fire Department rushed to the scene to put out a vehicle fire. A portion of the roadway had to be closed for about an hour as crews worked the scene. Although very few details have been released, we do know that the motorcycle rider was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. There is no word on that person’s current condition or on the cause of the crash.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and law enforcement agencies in Asheville and across the nation are asking drivers to Share the Road. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Asheville, contact Davis Law Group P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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On Friday night, a motorcycle crash in Woodfin sent two people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around 9:00 p.m. at the intersection of Old Marshall and Weaverville Highways. Reportedly, a driver was turning left from Weaverville Highway and pulled out in front of the motorcycle. The impact of the crash ejected the motorcycle’s driver and passenger. The couple, Jeremy Chad Hollifield and Kaitlyn Brown, both suffered from extensive injuries.

Three Motorcycle Crashes in Three Days

The incident in Woodfin was the third motorcycle crash reported in just three days. Only a few short hours before the Woodfin motorcycle crash, there was a motorcycle wreck on Holly Springs Road in Etowah. The rider involved had to be airlifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. On Wednesday night, a motorcycle wreck in Asheville sent a 56-year-old rider to the hospital as well.

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WLOS ABC Channel 13 News has recently reported on the important topic of motorcycle safety on the Blue Ridge Parkway. As warmer weather moves in, more motorcycle riders are taking to the beautiful roadway. Riders are encouraged to improve their safety with helmets, protective gear and high-visibility clothing. Most importantly, automobile drivers need to share the road with motorcycle riders.

Riders need plenty of room to maneuver around obstacles in the roadway. Additionally, it’s not uncommon for drivers to report not seeing motorcycles prior to collisions, so drivers need to “look twice.” If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the experienced team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

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Longboat Key Chief Dies.jpgPolice Chief Al Hogle, of Longboat Key, Florida, was killed in a motorcycle crash today in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The details of the wreck have not yet been released by the State Highway Patrol.

The Longboat Key News reported that Chief Hogle was an Air Force veteran and a long-time law enforcement officer. Chief Hogle was also graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico. He lived and worked in Sarasota for many years before retiring from the Sarasota Police Department. He also held positions as a Sarasota City Commissioner and Mayor. After leaving politics, Chief Hogle returned to law enforcement and became the Chief of Police of the City of Bradenton. After reaching his goals for the Bradenton Police Department, he moved on to Longboat Key in 2002.

Chief Hogle’s enthusiasm for riding motorcycles was well known. When interviewed last fall, Hogle declared his love for motorcycling in the mountains of Western North Carolina. During the interview, Chief Hogle commented about his love of high performance motorcycles. Western North Carolina, from Asheville to Robbinsville, is well known to motorcycle enthusiasts due to the scenic highways and curvy roads.The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Tail of the Dragon are two or the more popular roads among motorcyclists.
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