A New Jersey semi truck accident claimed the life of comedian James McNair. Tracy Morgan, former Saturday Night Live cast member, actor, and comedian, was critically injured in a collision involving a Walmart tractor-trailer. As of Monday (6/10/14), Morgan is reported by his publicist to be in critical but stable condition. His reported injuries include a broken nose, ribs, femur, and leg. Morgan is expected to remain in the hospital for at least a few more weeks to recover.
The driver of the Walmart tractor-trailer, Kevin Roper, was charged with one account of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Roper turned himself into authorities after an arrest warrant was issued. A criminal complaint filed in the case indicates that Roper had been awake for the previous 24 hours. Early indication of fatigue being a factor is attributed to the way the accident occurred. Roper allegedly failed to account for traffic that was slowing down ahead of him. The driver tried to veer out of the way of the limo bus that carried the comedians at the last minute, but failed to clear it before impact.
Brooke Buchanan, a spokeswoman for Walmart, issued the following written statement in regards to Roper’s alleged fatigue and the accident: “With regards to news reports that suggest Mr. Roper was working for 24 hours, it is our belief that Mr. Roper was operating within the federal hours of service regulation.” The regulations that Buchanan is referring to include the imposed limit of a driver being permitted to drive only 11 hours out of 14, and that 14 hours on the road must be followed by a 10 hour rest period. Rest limits are required to prevent fatigue in tractor-trailer drivers and tragedies like this New Jersey semi truck accident.
Potential Legal Actions After a New Jersey Semi Truck Accident
Situations like this New Jersey semi truck accident highlight the need for legal representation in the event of an accident. “The facts are continuing to unfold. If it’s determined that our truck caused the accident, Walmart will take full responsibility,” Bill Simon, President and CEO of Walmart, commented in a written statement. The keyword in that statement is “if.” There will be an investigation to determine who all is responsible for the New Jersey semi truck accident. Walmart has a team of lawyers at its disposal to examine and counter any claims, which is reason enough for anyone involved in a New Jersey semi truck accident not to file their lawsuit alone.
The CEO states that the company will take full responsibility if their tractor-trailer is determined to be at fault. There are many ways that one can distort “full responsibility.” Would that be full responsibility for all costs incurred? Or full responsibility according to the projections of Walmart’s legal team? Or full responsibility based on some mean average of payouts for similar cases? Because the families of those who are hurt or killed in semi truck accidents need time to mourn or care for their loved ones, these types of questions are better left to experienced semi truck accident attorneys, like those affiliated with the American Injury Attorney Group.
Seeking Legal Assistance
Call today for a free consultation with the American Injury Attorney Group today if you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer. We can inform you of your legal options and review the details of your case. If you have a claim, the American Injury Attorney Group can refer you to an affiliated attorney for representation.
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