Salisbury, NC (May 27, 2021) – A pedestrian who was killed in a crash involving a Salisbury police officer has been identified. The crash originally took place on May 18th along Old Concord Road.
According to a report from the scene, Officer B.W. Jones with the Salisbury Police Department was responding to a call with his lights and siren activated. As he was traveling on Old Concord, Jones’ patrol vehicle struck 59-year-old Howard Miller as he stood in the roadway. Miller sustained critical injuries due to the crash. He was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital where he died three days later.
Officer Jones was not hurt in the accident. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is currently investigating the collision at this time. There is no word on whether any charges are being filed as a result of the collision.
There is no further information available at this time.
We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family of Howard Miller following this fatal pedestrian accident in Salisbury.
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in North Carolina
North Carolina is quickly becoming a very dangerous state for pedestrians. The number of fatal pedestrian accidents in North Carolina has risen incrementally over the past several years. In 2017, there were 200 pedestrian deaths in our state. In 2018, the number rose to 225, and in 2019 it rose again to 231. An astonishing 10% of all pedestrians who were involved in a crash with a motor vehicle were killed as a result of the accident. In addition to fatalities, there were also 2,059 injuries reported due to pedestrian accidents in North Carolina. Many of the injuries to pedestrians are severe in nature, requiring expensive and long-term medical care and causing physical disabilities that can severely impact the victim’s life.
With most pedestrian crashes resulting in injuries, it is important to understand what rights you may have following a pedestrian accident in our state. North Carolina law allows the victim of a pedestrian crash to seek recovery in some circumstances. Your right to receive compensation will depend on who was at fault for the accident. Under North Carolina law, a victim who was injured by the negligence of another person can pursue payment for their pain and suffering caused by the accident, lost wages, medical bills, and potentially punitive damages. A close investigation of the crash and the surrounding circumstances may be needed to determine how the accident occurred.
At Burton Law Firm, we are here to help during your time of need. North Carolina pedestrian accident lawyer Jason M. Burton serves injured victims in the Fayetteville area and throughout the communities of eastern North Carolina. For more than 8 years, we have handled injury claims arising from all types of accidents and have successfully recovered over 40 million dollars in total compensation for our clients and their families.
We can help when you are experiencing a sudden and unexpected tragedy. Our years of experience will help to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve during a difficult time. To schedule your free appointment, please contact us at the link on our website or give us a call at (833) 623-0042.
Note: Burton Law Firm utilizes a variety of outside sources in the creation of these accident news posts. These sources include news bulletins, police reports, first-hand accounts, news stories, as well as additional outside sources. For this reason, the details surrounding this accident have not been independently verified by our office or writing staff. If you find information that is not correct about an accident that we have written about, please contact our firm as soon as possible so that we can promptly correct the information. If you would prefer that we remove the story, contact us directly and we will make every effort to remove the story in a timely manner.
Disclaimer: Our team of personal injury lawyers at Burton Law Firm has taken pride in being active members of our local business community for more than 8 years. We are always striving to improve the quality of life for our community members and improve the overall safety and well-being of all North Carolinians. We hope that by providing this information about the dangers of driving that we will bring added awareness and drivers will use increased caution when operating a motor vehicle. Our thoughts are with everyone who may have been affected by this incident. This post is not a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post should be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos in this post are not a depiction of the actual accident scene.