Over the weekend, there was a motorcycle crash on Chimney Rock Road in Hendersonville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Saturday night, near the intersection of Gilliam Road. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that Edneyville Fire and Rescue responded to the scene. At least two people were injured in this crash, maybe more. Initial reports indicate that a motor vehicle and a motorcycle were involved in the collision. Even before first responders arrived on the scene, bystanders rendered aid to the injured people.
Dangers Facing Motorcycle Riders on U.S. Roadways
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in crashes in 2015. Without the added safety benefits of larger automobiles, motorcycle riders are still one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. Even with helmets, boots, jackets, gloves and other protective gear, motorcyclists can become catastrophically or even fatally injured in collisions with larger passenger occupant vehicles. Additionally, driving habits like cutting off motorcycles, tailgating, texting and other aggressive and dangerous behaviors make the roadways dangerous places for motorcyclists and other roadway users.
Motorist Awareness of Motorcycles
Due to the increasing epidemic of distracted driving and the ongoing dangers facing motorcycle riders on U.S. roadways everyday, the NHTSA is hoping to improve motorist awareness of motorcycles. Car and truck drivers are reminded to “look twice” before changing lanes or pulling onto roadways. Additionally, motorists need to know that motorcycle riders need more room to maneuver in the event of an emergency. They can’t stop on a dime, and abrupt maneuvers can be dangerous. Finally, drivers and motorcycle riders need to completely refrain from texting or any other types of distractions.
Motorcycle Crashes in Western North Carolina
There has been no word on anybody’s current condition in the Chimney Rock Road crash. Additionally, no information has been released about 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 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.