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On Thursday afternoon, a car crashed into a transformer in Swannanoa. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Sylvester Way. Very few details have been released about this one-car crash, but we do know that the vehicle slammed into the transformer and bent the metal power box. Thankfully, no injuries were reported on the scene.

When first responders arrived, the vehicle was stuck precariously on top of the transformer. There has been no word on the cause of the crash, which is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in or around the Asheville area, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) along with a variety of public safety and law enforcement agencies across the nation are raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving this month. The NHTSA’s U Drive. U Text. U Pay. Campaign will run from April 6-10, 2017. This campaign will be focused on the law enforcement efforts associated with keeping distracted drivers off of the roads. They will be running paid media campaigns from April 3-10, 2017. The target audience of this year’s campaign is men and women ages 18 through 34 years old.

One Text or Call Could Wreck it All

The “one text or call could wreck it all” slogan accurately captures the heart of the distracted-driving awareness campaign. It only takes one text or call to ruin lives. The average amount of time it takes you to send or read a text is five seconds. At 55 miles-per-hour, five seconds is the length of a football field. If you’re looking at your phone, that’s like having your eyes closed. A lot can happen in five seconds.

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On Friday, a teen was injured when an unlicensed driver struck her in Brevard. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the collision happened near Hillview Avenue and Hillview Circle. The victim, 14-year-old Sarah Gravley, was on her skateboard when the vehicle struck her. She was airlifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. She was rushed into emergency surgery and had to have rods put into both of her legs.

Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that the driver has been charged with driving without a license. This wreck is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. Gravley is expected to have a lengthy recovery from her injuries.

If you have been injured in a car accident in or around Asheville, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free 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, there was an injury crash in Mills River. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Wednesday morning near the intersection of Turnpike Road and Brannon Road. This single-vehicle crash sent a car off of the roadway and into a nearby patch of trees. Initial reports indicate that speed may have been a factor in this crash.

When crews arrived on the scene, a woman was trapped inside of the wreckage. She was rescued and airlifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. There has been no word on her current condition or the full extent of injuries involved. This crash could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in Asheville or in any of the surrounding communities, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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WLOS ABC News Channel 13 recently looked into the danger of debris and loose cargo on North Carolina roadways. Just about everybody has a story from a time when they had to avoid debris in the roadway. Failing to properly secure and fasten all cargo in one’s truck bed, car or trailer can put following motorists at risk for injury causing and potentially fatal crashes. These preventable roadway hazards are responsible for thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths across the nation each year.

Unsecured Cargo Causing Crashes in North Carolina

Unsecured cargo is a huge problem in North Carolina and across the U.S. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), in 2015, vehicles that swerved to avoid wind, slippery surfaces, or objects in the road caused more than 3,900 crashes. In those North Carolina crashes, 1,200 people were injured and 13 people were killed. A nationwide AAA study found that 39,000 injuries and 500 crash deaths were caused by road debris between 2011 and 2014.

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Business owners, concerned community members and traffic engineers are working together to improve safety in Asheville’s busy River Arts District (RAD). According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the City of Asheville is getting ready to lower speed limits on various high-traffic roadways in the area. Crosswalks to improve pedestrian safety, strategic rumble strips and additional traffic safety signs will also be installed over the next few months.

At this time, the area is well known for being dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. Numerous vehicle collisions have also been reported in the RAD over the past year. Community members are hoping these improvements will make the area safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in or around the Asheville area, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation.

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On Tuesday morning, there was a tractor-trailer crash in Swain County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Highway 19 at about 6:00 a.m. Very few details about the semi-truck crash have been released, but we do know that the big rig overturned in the Nantahala Gorge area, near the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Initial reports indicate that the roadway was closed for a period of time near Silvermine Road. Traffic in the area had to be detoured to alternate routes as crews and first responders worked the scene.

Western North Carolina Big Rig Crash

At this time, there has been no word on the cause of the crash or if any other vehicles were involved. Additionally, no information has been released on whether or not anybody was injured in the crash. This truck crash is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities. It will be necessary for investigators to determine the cause of the wreck and if the trucking company was in compliance with all federal and state safety regulations at the time of the wreck. Since these commercial trucking vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, it’s critical to determine what went wrong when collisions happen.

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Last week, a hit-and-run crash took the life of a pedestrian in Woodfin. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened along Weaverville Highway on Thursday. The pedestrian, 59-year-old Steven Banks of Asheville, was killed about three-tenths of a mile from his home. Initial reports indicate that the car involved was traveling at a high rate of speed and was swerving prior to the wreck.

A few days after the crash, law enforcement officers with the Woodfin Police Department received a tip about the car involved in the wreck. On Monday, a warrant was issued for Fonda Jane Adkins in connection with the felony hit-and-run change and driving with a revoked license. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Steven Banks’ family members and friends.

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Community members in Asheville are concerned about upcoming shipments of liquid uranium being moved through Western North Carolina. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 just reported on the failed efforts to keep the radioactive materials from traveling through the area. The Department of Energy is getting ready have up to 150 shipments of liquid uranium brought from Canada down to a storage facility in Aiken, South Carolina. Trucking routes will reportedly go through Asheville or Charlotte. These shipments could begin as early as February 17, 2017. Due to security concerns, very little information about the exact dates and routes has been released.

Environmental Impact and Safety in Asheville

Although uranium, in a solid state, has been safely shipped and transported by commercial trucking vehicles, many people are concerned about the increased level of danger posed by transporting a liquid form of the material. In the event of a wreck, collision, explosion or spill, the impacts to the environment and population could be substantially more dangerous, and even deadly. According to Buncombe County’s Emergency Services Director, Jerry Vehaun, although his teams are trained to respond to hazardous materials accidents, they’re not prepared for or trained to deal with or handle liquid uranium. Furthermore, he has not been made aware of any main or alternate routes for the upcoming shipments.

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