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Tragic Ashville Crash Kills One in North Carolina


January 25, 2020

ASHVILLE, NC- Wlos.com writes one person died in a tragic crash earlier this week on Riverside Drive. The incident took place in the early evening when a northbound vehicle veered into oncoming traffic and hit another car.*

The driver of the second vehicle, identified as a 62-year-old man from Ashville, died at Mission Hospital a short while after the incident. The authorities shut the road down following the deadly collision. In total, three people were involved in the incident, which officers said was likely the result of icy road conditions. The investigation is still underway. 

The vast majority of collisions are the result of human mistakes. However, many crashes, just over one in five, are at least in part the result of inclement weather conditions. Rain is a major contributing factor in crashes as it can impair vision and create slick pavement. Ice is particularly tricky because it may form inconsistently on the road. Drivers might not be anticipating ice on one stretch of road if it did not form in other areas. However, bridges may form ice more quickly than other roads, and areas that are in the shade may become icy before or remain icy after other parts of the pavement are thawed. 

Even when ice or rain impacts car crashes, there is often a human element that factors in as well. When weather creates risks to drivers, on the road, it is the responsibility of those drivers to slow down. Traveling to fast for the conditions of the road can lead to traffic citations, even if the driver was not violating a posted speed limit. Of course, tickets are of only minimal concern compared to the potentially life-threatening consequences of a vehicle collision. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:https://wlos.com/news/local/one-dead-after-crash-in-asheville-involving-a-wrong-way-driver and https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/weather/q1_roadimpact.htm

Category: Accident News

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