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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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Over the weekend, a single-vehicle crash knocked out power for about 1,000 customers in McDowell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Burma Road in West Marion. For currently unknown reasons, a vehicle struck a utility pole, just before 10:00 p.m. Thankfully, no injuries were reported in this wreck, but outages were expected until about 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

At this time there has been no word on the cause of the 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 involving a dangerous, distracted or impaired driver 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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Over the weekend, a drunk driver struck and killed a teen that was riding an ATV in Burke County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, 14-year-old Jacob Wright and his friend were riding an ATV when they were struck by an SUV. Wright was killed in the wreck, and his friend was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment of critical injuries. The driver, Steve Carroll, was charged with DWI and driving with a revoked license. In addition to having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle at the time of the crash, he also admitted to taking pain pills. His three-year-old granddaughter was in the vehicle at the time of the crash too.

Fatal ATV Crash in Burke County

The teens on the ATV were reportedly coming out of a driveway at the time of the crash. Carroll said he didn’t see them until the last second. Neither teen was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. They were riding on the road. Additionally, there has been no word on the hospitalized teen’s condition or the full extent of injuries involved. This case is likely still under investigation, and additional charges could be filed.

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On Tuesday, two people were killed in a crash involving a dump truck in McDowell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on NC-226. Very few details about this fatal crash have been released, but we do know that one person was airlifted to Mission Trauma Center for treatment, and two others were pronounced dead on the scene. Initial reports indicate that a dump truck was headed southbound downhill on 226, and that speed may have been a factor.

The truck overturned and struck another vehicle. The other vehicle, a Honda, was crushed and dragged under the dump truck. The truck driver and a 15-year-old girl were killed in the crash. This wreck is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the two people who lost their lives in this crash.

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On Friday, a big rig damaged a Dollar General store in Black Mountain. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 12:00 a.m. at the Dollar General store on U.S. Highway 70. Very few details about this wreck have been released, but we do know that the semi truck got caught in the store’s awning. Initial reports indicate that the truck driver may have been trying to turn around in the parking lot at the time of the incident. There has been no word on whether or not the driver was facing any citations or charges after the wreck. This crash could still be under investigation with local authorities.

Semi Truck Situational Awareness

Semi trucks are much larger and heavier than traditional passenger occupant vehicles. This can make parking and maneuvering them in small areas much more difficult. Combine their size with the potential for reduced visibility due to blind spots, and you have quite the parking challenge for truck drivers. That being said, truck drivers should be properly trained and qualified to safely park and maneuver their rigs. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has regulations associated with training requirements that must be met before a driver can safely get behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. With any kind of vehicle, large or small, it’s essential to have situational awareness in all parking and driving situations. Drivers should know where their trucks are and what’s behind them, before backing up.

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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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