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On Saturday, March 28th a young mother from Kinston, North Carolina (NC) crashed her vehicle and caused the untimely death of her son who was the only other passenger. The exact cause of the deadly single truck accident is unclear as it is still under investigation.

Sergeant Scott Hamby of the North Carolina Highway Patrol reported that the passenger, a four year-old boy died Saturday afternoon after his mother’s truck veered of the road and hit a sign.

According to the accident report, the mother was driving her truck along NC 58 near Elijah Sykes Road just outside of Kinston, North Carolina (NC). The four year-old died from his injuries. The mother is 24 year-old Katie Small. She was taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital with leg injuries according to Hamby. Early reports indicate that speed may have been a factor in the accident. Katie Small may face charges according to Highway Patrol.

As personal injury lawyers representing Northeast North Carolina we want you to be safe while driving a motor vehicle. Here are some facts gathered from that you may want to keep in mind:

The faster the speed of a vehicle, the greater the risk of an accident. The forces experienced by the human body in a collision increase exponentially as the speed increases. Smart Motorist recommends that drivers observe our 3 second rule in everyday traffic, no matter what your speed. Most people agree that going 100 mph is foolhardy and will lead to disaster. The problem is that exceeding the speed limit by only 5 mph in the wrong place can be just as dangerous. Traffic engineers and local governments have determined the maximum speeds allowable for safe travel on the nation’s roadways. Speeding is a deliberate and calculated behavior where the driver knows the risk but ignores the danger. Fully 90% of all licensed drivers speed at some point in their driving career; 75% admit to committing this offense regularly.

If you have been injured in a similar accident and need the help of a lawyer please contact our office. Our firm may be able to help you recover medical expenses and lost wages. Our injury law firm maintains a NE NC office in Elizabeth City, and our main law office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Four of our law firm’s injury lawyers are licensed to practice law in North Carolina, Virginia, and beyond. For over a decade we have been helping North Carolina residents, and those suffering injuries or wrongful death in NC.

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia, with offices in northeast NC and Virginia Beach (VA), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. The firm’s website is:, the firm edits three injury law blogs: Virginia Beach Injuryboard & Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects.

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