On Saturday night, a hit-and-run driver struck a motorcyclist and his passenger in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Hendersonville Road. Chris and Andrea Gomiller, from Arden, were riding their motorcycle when they when a car drove onto their bike without warning. As Andrea was injured beside the motorcycle, Chris jumped onto the fleeing vehicle in attempts to stop the hit-and-run driver. He fell off the car, but thankfully the driver was later apprehended.

DWI and Felony Hit-and-Run

Michael Works was arrested in connection with the crash and charged with DWI, felony hit-and-run and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 also reports that Works has a history of DWI and hit-and-run convictions. Both Chris and Andrea Gomiller were injured in the wreck, but are recovering from their injuries.

Motorcycle Crash Facts

  • In 2011, 4,630 motorcycle riders died in crashes across the U.S.
  • In 2012, 4,957 motorcycle riders were killed in crashes.
  • In 2012, an estimated 93,000 motorcyclists were injured in crashes.
  • Per vehicle mile travelled, motorcycle riders were more than 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash in 2012.

Motorcycle Accidents in Asheville

We have reported on a number of motorcycle crashes in and around the Asheville area in the past few weeks. As the weather progressively gets nicer, motorcycle riders, cyclists and pedestrians will be taking to the roadways more and more. It’s up to everybody to share the road. These vulnerable roadway user groups count on drivers to stay alert, pay attention and safely share the road. Intoxicated, impaired and distracted drivers put everybody at great risk. Vulnerable roadway users are at an especially high risk without seat belts, air bags or steel safety cages for protection.

When to Call an Accident Lawyer

Even seemingly minor motorcycle accidents can leave victims in the hospital with extensive or catastrophic injuries. Even with safety gear like helmets, boots and jackets, riders can still become seriously injured in the event of a crash. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 888-773-8388 for an immediate consultation today.