Five months after comedian Tracy Morgan sustained serious injuries in a truck accident, his lawyer is now saying that it is not certain whether or not the performer will fully recover. Morgan sustained a traumatic brain injury and numerous broken bones after the vehicle he was riding in was rear-ended in a tractor-trailer crash involving a Walmart vehicle. His friend, comedy writer James McNair, died from his injuries.
Now, Morgan’s lawyers are saying that because of the severity of his TBI, they don’t know if he will recover to become the “Tracy Morgan he once was.” Morgan’s uncertain progress is indicative of how with certain brain injuries it can take a while before doctors are able to determine to what extent a patient will get better.
Morgan filed a truck accident lawsuit against Walmart seeking damages. Other plaintiffs in the semi-truck crash case include Morgan’s assistant Jeffrey Millea, Krista Millea, and comedian Ardie Fuqua. They want compensatory damges, punititve damages, statutory damages, legal costs, and pre-and post judgment interest.
According the semi-truck crash complaint, Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper crashed the tractor-trailer into the limousine van that was transporting Morgan and others. The plaintiffs are accusing the retail chain of negligence and carelessness in the ownership and operation of its truck.
They contend that Roper fell asleep at the wheel because he was too tired to drive. The plaintiffs believe Walmart should have known or knew that the trucker had not slept for over 24 hours prior to the crash. A National Transportation Safety Board report notes that Roper was traveling 65 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Roper had just driven 700 miles from his home in Georgia to Delaware before starting his shift. The truck crash lawsuit pointed out that Roper could have started his shift at numerous other distribution facilities closer to his home so he wouldn’t have had to drive so far.
If you were injured in a Boston tractor-trailer crash, you should speak with a Massachusetts motor vehicle accident law firm right away.
Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart Over Deadly Crash, The Hollywood Reporter, July 11, 2014
Tracy Morgan may not fully recover from traumatic brain injury sustained in car accident, The Washington Post, November 19, 2014
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