On June 7, 2014, comedian Tracy Morgan was injured in an automobile accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. Morgan was riding with other passengers in a limo bus when a Walmart tractor trailer collided with his vehicle. The truck was going 20 miles over the speed limit and was operated by a driver that had been driving for too long. Morgan suffered broken ribs, a broken nose and leg and one passenger in the limo was killed.
After over a month of medical treatment, Morgan has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Walmart. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey and is joined by Morgan’s assistant Jeffrey Millea and comedian Ardie Fuqua who were passengers, as well as Millea’s wife, Krista Millea. The group is claiming that Walmart was negligent in the use and operation of the truck driven by Kevin Roper and that this caused their injuries. The complaint alleges that Walmart was negligent in failing to enforce rules relating to commercial drivers set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These rules seek to prevent overtired drivers from operating commercial vehicles. The complaint also alleges that Walmart does not follow these rules when regulating their drivers. Plaintiffs also claim that the driver was awake for 24 hours prior to the collision and had to travel 700 miles before operating the truck in this capacity.
Walmart has not yet formally responded to the lawsuit. They did make a public statement after the crash making it known that they are assisting in the investigation and wishing well to all those who were injured. They also stated that they want to do the right thing in this case.
If you suffered personal injuries caused by the negligent, reckless or wrongful conduct of another you may be entitled to compensation. If you or someone you love has been injured in this way it is crucial to obtain the representation of a skilled personal injury attorney. Call the New Jersey attorneys at Nagel Rice LLP at (973)618-0400 for a consultation today.