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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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North Carolina ranks number eight in the nation for fatalities on rural roads. North Carolina isn’t the only state in the region to have high rural road fatality rates. According to TRIP, a National Transportation Research Group, South Carolina has the highest rate of rural road fatalities in the U.S. WLOS ABC News Channel 13, recently reported on the data, that found 10 percent of North Carolina’s rural roads are in poor condition. Additionally, the state also comes in at 16th in the U.S. for poor bridge construction. A variety of different variables were assessed in their report titled, “Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland.” Safety advocated aren’t happy about the news, but they’re hoping that with recommended strategies, safety on rural roads in North Carolina can improve for motorists and roadway users.

Rural Road Safety Across The Nation

The TRIP report found that 15 percent of rural roads across the nation are in poor condition. Less than half were found to be in good condition, with many falling into the mediocre and fair condition categories. Additionally 10 percent of bridges on U.S. rural roads were found to be structurally deficient. Another disturbing finding from the report was that traffic crashes and fatalities on rural non-interstate roads were reported at a disproportionately high rate. Their fatality rates were two-and-a-half times higher than on other roadways.

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Law enforcement officers are on the lookout for a driver who failed to stop in Yancey County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Burnsville on Monday night. For currently unknown reasons, a driver in a gold Toyota 4Runner took off near Plum Branch Road in Yancey County. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver sped away.

There has been no word on whether or not the driver was involved in any kind of collision. This incident is likely still under investigation, as law enforcement officials are still searching for the driver. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to the dangerous, negligent or reckless actions of another driver in or around Asheville, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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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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Earlier this week, there was a fatal one-car crash in Transylvania County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on 276-North in Pisgah National Forest. Very few details about this wreck have been released by we do know that a vehicle left the roadway and went down an embankment.

The car came to rest on its roof, and the driver was partially ejected during the crash. A nearby camper heard the wreck and rushed to the scene. That person dialed 911. The driver, 57-year-old Phyllis Talley, did not survive injuries sustained in the crash. The cause of this wreck could still be under investigation with authorities.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Talley’s family members, friends and loved ones.

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On Monday afternoon, there was a crash involving a large truck in Waynesville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Raccoon Road. Very few details about this wreck have been released, but we do know that a driver reportedly lost control of a Consolidated Waste Services (CWS) truck before the vehicle left the roadway and landed in a ditch. Thankfully, no injuries were reported on the scene. Initial reports indicate that the truck may have had a blown tire prior to the crash. A portion of the roadway had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene.

Tire Safety on Large Trucks

Large commercial trucking vehicles have additional rules and regulations to follow for safe roadway operation. These trucks are much larger and heavier than traditional passenger occupant vehicles, and sometimes they haul hazardous and volatile chemicals. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has regulations associated with the care and maintenance of tires on large trucks. Since a blowout on a large truck can spell disaster, it’s essential that all tires be appropriately maintained. After any kind of large truck crash involving a blown tire, it will be necessary to determine if the tires were the right size for the vehicle’s size and weight, and that they were maintained within the regulatory standards for safe trucking operations.

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