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Last week, a teen was seriously injured in a crash on Smokey Park Highway in Candler. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Wednesday morning near the Indian Branch Road intersection. Initial reports indicate that an SUV was headed westbound, when it crossed the centerline of the roadway. The SUV struck a pickup truck, and the 17-year-old driver of the truck was ejected from the vehicle.

The teen was rushed to the hospital for treatment of a skull fracture and broken clavicle. An additional four vehicles also collided in the aftermath of the wreck. The SUV driver was charged with driving left of center. A portion of the roadway was closed until about 9:30 a.m. There has been no word on the teen’s current condition.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in Asheville or in any of the nearby communities, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897.

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Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) observed National Teen Driver Safety Week, which ran from October 16-22. Since car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens between the ages of 15 and 19 years old, the issue of teen driver safety is a top priority for federal, state and local public safety agencies across the nation. In 2014, 2,679 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes, and an estimated 123,000 teens were injured in motor vehicle crashes. The NHTSA is encouraging parents and caregivers to talk to their children about the unique dangers facing teens behind the wheel.

Improving Teen Driver Safety

The NHTSA has identified the five biggest dangers facing teen drivers on U.S. roads. Distracted driving, extra peer passengers, speeding, alcohol use and failing to buckle up are the top five most serious issues facing teen drivers today. Listed below are the NHTSA’s “Five to Drive” rules for teens.

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On Saturday afternoon, a one-car crash in Buncombe County ended with a teen’s car in the Swannanoa River. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident occurred near the 90 block of Thompson Street. The 19-year-old driver reportedly swerved to miss an oncoming car and then overcorrected, sending her vehicle into the river. She did sustain minor injuries, and she was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Car Crash Investigation in Buncombe County

At this time, very few details have been released about the crash. There’s no word on what the other car involved was doing or why the teen driver had to swerve out of the way at the last minute. Could this have been a case of distracted driving? The cause of this crash is likely still under investigation with authorities.