There are rules and laws in place that are aimed at regulating truck drivers’ hours on the road. Still, however, truck ¥driver fatigue is a serious issue on the roads throughout Massachusetts, and all of the U.S. According to a report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, as many as 20,000 people are injured in the U.S. each year, and 750 are killed, as a direct result of trucking accidents involving a fatigued driver.
One such accident that occurred in New Jersey recently reportedly left comedian-actor, Tracy Morgan, seriously injured. He, and two other people, who were traveling with him, suffered various injuries, including broken bones, in the collision. Another man, who was in the limousine with Morgan, was killed. According to reports, the truck driver, who allegedly caused the wreck, had not slept in the 24 hours preceding the accident.
While the trucker himself is facing criminal charges stemming from his role in the fatal crash, it was reported that Morgan has filed a lawsuit against his employer, Wal-Mart. According to reports, Morgan’s lawsuit alleges that the company was negligent in assigning the man to work out of a distribution facility that was located over 700 miles from where he resides. There were no details disclosed regarding the amount of compensation Morgan, who continues to recover and has been unable to return to work, is seeking in the lawsuit.
Often, people, who are injured in commercial vehicle accidents, require extensive medical treatment. This can cause them to not only incur undue expenses, but it can also result in lost wages due to time off of work while they recover. If you have experienced a situation such as this, you might consider discussing your case with an attorney to find out what you may be entitled to.
Source: Bloomberg Businessweek, “Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over I-95 Crash,” Justin Bachman, July 14, 2014