A young girl who was injured in a Lumberton bike crash died less than a week after the accident due to complications sustained from her injuries. Whitney Smith, aged 11, passed away at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.
Smith had been driving a mini-bike without a helmet during early morning hours when she was hit by a van driven by Keenan Locklear of Rowland. Locklear was not speeding or operating his vehicle under illegal conditions, according to local news reports. Smith’s fatal injuries were allegedly caused by her own actions when she drove her Motovox mini-bike into the street where Locklear’s vehicle was heading.
The bike accident injuries weren’t disclosed, but without a helmet, severe head trauma is a likely cause of Smith’s death. Bike accidents—for cyclists and for motorcycle riders—put victims in very vulnerable situations. Their bodies are exposed to immediate impact from collisions, whereas drivers and passengers in cars, trucks and vans have the body of the vehicle to offer some protection from impact.
Bike accident injury lawyers in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Dunn with Brent Adams & Associates help bike accident victims receive compensation for their injuries when crashes are caused by another party’s negligence. When bike accidents are caused by someone talking on their phone while driving, speeding, ignoring traffic signs and other negligent acts, Brent Adams & Associates helps accident victims receive the payments they’re entitled to from the negligent party. Call for a free review of your NC bike accident injury claim 800.849.5931.