District of Columbia residents have probably heard about the truck accident that killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan. The accident took place in June 2014 when the limo-bus that Morgan and McNair were riding in was struck by a Wal-Mart truck. An investigation into the accident revealed that the truck driver had not slept for 28 hours at the time of the collision.
Since the accident, Wal-Mart has settled a civil action brought by Morgan for an undisclosed sum. The truck driver is facing criminal charges that include vehicular homicide, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated assault. If he is convicted of aggravated homicide, the truck driver could go to prison for 10 to 30 years. The truck driver has pleaded not guilty to his charges, and his trial has been scheduled for April.
Morgan and McNair’s limo-bus flipped over in the accident, and Morgan sustained a broken leg, broken ribs and a traumatic brain injury. He was unable to walk for months after the accident and required extensive physical therapy in order to get back on his feet.
Truck drivers are required by law to keep an accurate log of their working and sleeping hours, and there are federal regulations that dictate how long a driver can work before a rest period is required. When a truck accident occurs, a lawyer representing an injured victim may review the company’s records to determine if the truck driver was sleep-deprived at the time of the collision. If truck driver fatigue is determined to be the cause of the accident, both the driver and the trucking company could be named as defendants in a subsequent personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for the victim’s losses.
Source: rollingout, “Former Wal-Mart truck driver enters plea in Tracy Morgan crash,” Mo Barnes, Feb. 2, 2016