Texas fans of comedian Tracy Morgan have undoubtedly heard that he suffered serious injuries in a collision between his limousine and a semi truck in the early hours of last Saturday. The 45-year-old former cast member of "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" was reported to be in critical condition in a New Jersey hospital as of the time this post was prepared. Another performer riding in the limo was killed, and Mr. Morgan's assistant and two other comedians were injured.
Mr. Morgan and the other comedians had finished a show in Delaware and were on their way back to New York in a Mercedes Sprinter limousine van when the accident happened. News reports indicate that the Mercedes was traveling northbound on the New Jersey turnpike, about 45 miles from New York City, when it was rear-ended by a Wal-Mart semi trailer at about 1 a.m. The impact caused the limo to roll over. The crash started a chain reaction in which four more vehicles were involved.
According to the New Jersey State Police, the accident was caused by an inattentive truck driver. The state police say the truck driver failed to notice that traffic ahead of him was slowing down. He tried to swerve at the last minute, but it was too late to avoid a collision. The semi driver, a 35-year-old man from Georgia, has been charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
In Texas, a person who is injured by truck driver negligence has the right to bring a lawsuit against the driver as well as the truck company to recover monetary damages. In many cases truck driver fatigue is a contributing factor. Federal trucking regulations require that semi drivers stop for rest after a certain number of hours on the road. Counsel representing truck accident victims will often review the trucking log to determine whether the company and the driver complied with those rules.
Source: New York Times, "Tracy Morgan Critically Hurt in New Jersey Car Crash," Emma G. Fitzsimmons & Dave Itzkoff, June 7, 2014