On Friday, a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Ray Hill Road, near NC 280, on Friday night. Very few details about this motorcycle crash have been released, but we do know that the motorcycle rider had to be airlifted from the scene. Initial reports indicate that the motorcycle rider somehow lost control of his motorcycle. The bike left the roadway and rolled several times before coming to a stop. Additionally, the rider was not wearing a D.O.T. compliant helmet at the time of the crash.
Motorcyclist Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries in Crash
The rider, 27-year-old Brandon Wright, was rushed to Mission Hospital by helicopter for treatment of life-threatening injuries. At this time, there has been no word on his current condition or on the full extent of injuries involved. Also, no information has been released on how he lost control of his motorcycle. The cause of this motorcycle wreck is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement officials.
Motorcycle Crashes by The Numbers
- Per vehicle mile traveled in 2017, motorcyclist fatalities happened nearly 27 times more frequently than passenger occupant car fatalities, and motorcycle riders were five times more likely to be injured.
- In 2017, there were 5,172 motorcyclists killed in crashes in the U.S.
- Between 2016 and 2017, there was a three-percent decrease in motorcyclist fatalities.
- In 2017, an estimated 1,872 motorcyclists’ lives were saved thanks to helmets.
Motorcycle Accidents in Asheville
Drivers in North Carolina and all over the nation are being urged to Share the Road with motorcycle riders and other vulnerable roadway users. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), research shows that drivers behind the wheels of passenger occupant vehicles are distracted more than 50 percent of the time. Even with helmets and other protective gear, motorcycle riders are truly at the mercy of motorists in larger passenger occupant vehicles.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident 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 828-303-2842 for a free case consultation today.