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July 2018 Archives

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Hendersonville County

Over the weekend, there was a fatal motorcycle crash in Hendersonville County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Chimney Rock Road at Hominy Branch Road on Sunday night at about 9:30 p.m. Very few details about the crash have been released, but initial reports indicate that a female passenger on the motorcycle was ejected during the wreck. She reportedly hit a guardrail and suffered from a fatal head injury. The driver of the motorcycle was also injured in the crash. That person was rushed to a local hospital for treatment. At this time, law enforcement officials are looking into whether speed and intoxication could have been factors in this crash.

Study ranks the most and least safe states for work trucks

A recent study from Verizon Connect, a fleet management systems provider, has ranked the states based on how safe they are for work truck drivers. North Carolina residents should know that this state is neither in the top 10 nor the bottom 10: nonetheless, it has been determined that the East Coast is by far the safest region for those in the trucking industry.

Summer traffic presents unique safety hazards

As summer winds down, you might see an increase in highway traffic as North Carolina residents squeeze in one last trip. With this increase in travel, you also notice more vehicles are towing trailers, jet skis and boats. Driving behind one of these can be unsettling. If you notice any signs of reckless driving, it may be wise to switch lanes.

Injury Crash in Hendersonville

On Friday afternoon, there was an injury crash in Hendersonville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Sugarloaf Road. Very few details have been released about this crash, but initial reports indicate that a car was headed east on Sugarloaf Road when it crossed the centerline and struck an International box truck head on.

Seat Belt Violations in North Carolina

Safety advocates in North Carolina are reminding motorists to buckle up for every trip. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the State of North Carolina scores at about 92 percent for seat belt usage. Although that's pretty high, it still leaves eight percent of motorists unprotected in the event of a wreck. State Highway Patrol officers are urging drivers and passengers to buckle up this summer and all year long. It only takes a few seconds, and it could save your life. Not only is buckling up the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash, it can also save you a $179 ticket.

Studies analyze effect of new tech on driver behavior

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that over 37,000 people died on America's roads in 2017: a more than 10 percent increase from 2014. Residents of North Carolina should know that there are many experts out there who believe that distracted driving is behind much of the rise in deaths and that the primary factor in distracted driving is new technology.

Injury Crash in Mills River

Over the weekend, there was an injury crash in Mills River. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on N.C. 280. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that three people were injured. Initial reports indicate that it was nearly a head-on collision, and one person was transported to Mission Hospital.

4th of July Drive Sober Campaign

Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are currently raising awareness about the importance of driving sober this 4th of July and all year round. While the Independence Day holiday is traditionally well known for barbeques, fireworks and backyard get-togethers, it's also well known for being one of the most deadly holidays on U.S. roadways. This year, the NHTSA is calling on partygoers to plan for a safe ride home. Whether you call a cab, designate a driver or use a ridesharing app, make sure you have a plan to get home safely after an afternoon or evening of 4th of July celebrations.

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