More than a month after the tractor-trailer accident in New Jersey that seriously injured Tracy Morgan, the famous comedian has been released from a rehabilitation clinic. The well-known comedic actor suffered multiple catastrophic injuries including a broken leg, nose and ribs in the multi-vehicle car accident. Sadly, his passenger, friend and fellow comedian suffered a fatal injury as a result of the tractor-trailer accident.
On June 7, 2014 a Walmart tractor-trailer traveling on the NJ Turnpike crashed into a limousine transporting Tracey Morgan and six other passengers. The impact from the big rig caused the limo to crash into two other vehicles before overturning. Mr. Morgan’s condition was critical as a result of serious injuries incurred in the tractor-trailer accident.
Mr. Morgan will continue his recovery by convalescing at home. In the meantime, Tracy Morgan and three of his passengers have filed for damages through a truck accident lawsuit against Walmart in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey. Mr. Morgan’s claim asserts that Walmart acted negligently by allowing their employee, the driver of the tractor-trailer, to actively engage in drowsy driving. The suit asserts that Walmart knew that the truck driver had not slept in the last 24 hours and regardless, allowed him to drive. Ultimately, the fatigued Walmart truck driver fell asleep at the wheel causing the tragic multi-car accident last month.
This case highlights the real dangers of truck drivers driving while fatigued. Moreover, according to investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the truck driver also participated in speeding in a construction work zone. Another crucial element of the NTSB’s findings includes that at the time of the accident, the truck driver was 30 minutes away from the maximum number of allowable work hours for truckers.
The driver of the Walmart tractor trailer has been formally charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in connection with the multi-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. The truck driver has pleaded not guilty to these charges. Moreover, a criminal complaint has been filed against the truck driver for violating the New Jersey law that addresses the critical issue of the prevalence of drowsy driving in truck drivers.
If you or your loved one has been involved in a trucking accident in Pennsylvania or Delaware and have suffered serious bodily injury or death and/or property damage to your automobile, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. For more information about who can be held liable for a trucking accident in Pennsylvania and Delaware, or to discuss your truck accident injuries, call the Delaware accident lawyers at (302) 295-5050, toll free at (800) 300-0909 or submit an online inquiry to set up your free initial consultation.