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Car Accidents in Asheville

Injured in an Asheville North Carolina Car Accident?

As an attorney who handles Asheville NC car accident claims every day, I want to help people stay informed and know their rights.  It’s important to understand the legal landscape of an auto accident claim, but also how certain factors specific to Asheville and Western NC, in general, can affect your claim.   

Asheville North Carolina residents see car accidents nearly every day on the city’s streets. Hundreds of car accidents occur each year in Buncombe County and the surrounding areas of Western North Carolina. Many of these accidents cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries.

If you or your loved one have been the victim of a car accident and have been injured through no fault of your own, our staff at Lakota R. Denton P.A. are standing by to assist you.  We will help investigate your crash, talk to witnesses, and speak to your medical providers about outstanding balances.   Find a car accident lawyer near me is a question that will come up after you get into an accident. 

Recent studies have shown that accident injuries and deaths increased have increased in North Carolina over the past few years. Buncombe County, Haywood, Henderson, and other surrounding counties fit with that trend, with more deaths and more injuries in 2015 than in 2014. What makes Buncombe County such an unsafe place to drive? What can be done about its unsafe roads?

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Pedestrian Accidents in Asheville

Along with topping lists of best travel destinations, Asheville tops another, less-illustrious list. The city ranks the highest in North Carolina for pedestrian accidents, per person. Over a five-year period,  Asheville’s per-capita rate of pedestrian accidents was 8.1 per 10,000 residents. Charlotte, the most populated city in North Carolina, had a rate of 5.1 accidents per 10,000 residents.

This blog post is one in our series about safety issues in Asheville. We want to look at the factors that contribute to Asheville’s high rate of pedestrian and bicycle accidents and what can be done to make the city’s streets safer for people who choose to walk and bike.

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Asheville’s Growing Pedestrian Safety Issues

 

Asheville pedestrian accidentAsheville residents who have ever walked in our city know the dangers of being a pedestrian in a growing region. Some of the most pedestrian-heavy areas in Asheville are also the most dangerous for people walking or bicycling. This phenomenon is not specific to Asheville; dozens of growing cities across the country are experiencing similar growing pains that are hazardous or even deadly to pedestrians. The need for more pedestrian-friendly city planning is evident here and in other cities with rising populations.

 

Asheville’s Street Design

A recent study by the Governors’ Highway Safety Association noted a dramatic rise in the number of pedestrian deaths from 2015 to 2016. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in 2016. Last year’s increase reflects a trend of rising numbers of pedestrian deaths overall; pedestrian fatalities also rose from 2014 to 2015.

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