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Why isn’t there a doctor in the house?

Naturally, as residents of nursing care facilities age, they become more frail and are more likely to suffer from health events. To reduce the wait time, inconvenience, and discomfort of long and repeated ER waits, many facilities are now having doctors come directly to their facilities instead of placing calls to 911 unless there is imminent danger. 

 

DOT hours of service rules to be relaxed

The number of commercial vehicles involved in fatal accidents in North Carolina and around the country rose by a worrying 10% in 2017, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures, and 83% of the 4,237 deadly crashes occurred between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Accident investigators only determined that 60 of the truck drivers involved were asleep or dangerously fatigued when they crashed, but the NHTSA believes that drowsy driving is an underreported problem in the logistics sector.

Federal hours of service regulations were put into place to address the issue, but trade groups, including the American Trucking Association, claim that they do little to protect road users. These organizations have been lobbying Congress to relax the rules, and recent media reports suggest that their arguments have been persuasive.

4th of July Roadway Safety in Asheville

Law enforcement agencies and safety advocates are reminding motorists to stay safe behind the wheel this holiday weekend. Along with barbeques and family get-togethers, the 4th of July is also known for having an increase in injury causing and fatal car crashes, especially due to drinking and driving. On the Independence Day holiday weekend last year, 601 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes. Of those fatalities, 39 percent happened in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers.

Moped Crash in Haywood County

Last week, there was an injury crash involving a moped in Haywood County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Richland Creek Road, near Crabtree Road/ N.C. Highway 209 on Friday night. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that a 2003 Ford Ranger was turning off of Crabtree Road when it struck a moped. Initial reports indicate that the two moped riders were thrown from the vehicle. Neither of the riders was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Multi-Car Crash in Buncombe County

Tractor-Trailer Crash on I-26 in Asheville

NHTSA projects fewer traffic deaths but more risk for pedestrians

A preliminary report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offered slightly good news about traffic fatalities in North Carolina and nationwide. Deaths on U.S. roads in 2018 appear to have dropped by about 1% compared to the previous year. The agency, however, reported that pedestrian deaths went up by 4% in 2018. Bicyclists fared badly in the same year with a 10% increase in fatalities according to preliminary data.

Researchers speculate that increasing numbers of people living in urban areas have aggravated hazards for pedestrians and bicyclists. Urbanization has been pushing the rate of pedestrian fatalities up since 2009. The Automotive News reported that pedestrians accounted for 16% of all traffic fatalities in 2017, which represented an increase of 12% since 2009.

Henderson County School Bus Involved in Crash

Pedestrian Injured in Asheville Crash

Roundabouts in rural areas save lives

According to data gathered by the United States Department of Transportation, roundabouts result in less fatalities and serious injuries at rural intersections. At one particular location in North Carolina where a pregnant woman died in 2011, DOT replaced stop signs with a roundabout in order to improve safety. While this type of traffic control does not decrease the amount of overall accidents, it does reduce their severity significantly.

Roundabouts, which are made up of artificial islands that vehicles have to drive around rather than through, improve the safety at intersections because drivers are forced to slow down to navigate them. Stop signs and traffic lights are only a signal to slow and stop while roundabouts present an actual physical barrier. Roundabouts also eliminate the guessing game many drivers play where they can see if they can get through an intersection before a light turns red.

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