Asheville Is a Surprisingly Dangerous Place to Drive 

Asheville Is a Surprisingly Dangerous Place to Drive 

Thursday, 20 February 2020 10:38

We may be biased, but Asheville, North Carolina is one of the best places to live in the country, no question! The scenery is awe-inspiring, the people are great, the restaurants and shops are top-notch, and there’s always something fun and festive to do. But as much as we love Asheville, we do have to admit it can be a surprisingly dangerous place to drive. Why? And what can you do to prevent accidents? 

The Troubled Traffic of Asheville

A recent study on auto accidents in Asheville revealed some startling statistics and identified some of the riskiest spots in the city. According to the Asheville Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, there are three locations that stand out in terms of accidents:

West Asheville: New Leicester Highway (Old County Home to Patten Ave. Intersection)

In the first half of 2019 alone, there were 122 vehicles involved in accidents at this location. They resulted in a combined $172,000 in damages, 16 injuries, and tragically, one fatality. Why so many crashes? According to Asheville PD senior officer Meg Pigman, “We’ll get a lot of collisions where a car is turning into a parking lot and they think they’ve got both lanes.”

South Asheville: Airport Road (from Bradley Branch to Mckenna Road)

While there is a sharp curve, Officer Pigman says that drivers who turn in and out of parking lots without paying attention as the “usual suspects” in the accidents at this location. Thirty-six vehicles were involved in crashes, resulting in $72,000 in damages.

Downtown Asheville: Patton Avenue (from Clingman to Coxe)

Thirty-nine cars were involved in crashes in this downtown area, resulting in $70,000 in damages. Asheville PD says that failure to yield the right of way and speed are the biggest culprits. But pedestrians share some of the responsibility as well: crossing mid-block, says Officer Pigman, is a dangerous practice.

To address these concerns, Asheville Police are working on enforcement and education initiatives. If you’re a driver, expect to see an increased police presence and more aggressive action when it comes to violations. This is for your own good - and all our goods!

Use caution when turning into and out of parking lots; follow the speed limits; watch out for pedestrians (and be a law-abiding pedestrian as well!), and keep your eyes and mind on the road. Distraction can be deadly. 

You cannot always prevent accidents. Sometimes they are just that… accidents. If your vehicle has suffered dings, dents, scratches, and scrapes, give us a call. We will give you a free, same-day estimate and get to work getting you back on the road.