Wal-Mart Settles Accident Lawsuit with Actor Tracy Morgan

Car accidents can happen to anyone at any time. They often cause serious and even life-altering personal injuries or even the loss of someone’s life. When the accident involves someone who was on the job, this can complicate things even more. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, it is important that you speak to a personal injury attorney at the Higgins Firm about your case as soon as possible.

According to this lawsuit, a Wal-mart truck driver slammed into the back of a limo that was transporting Actor Tracy Morgan and his friends back from a show in June of last year. Tracy Morgan’s friend, “Jimmy Mack” McNair was killed and Morgan suffered head trauma, a broken leg and broken ribs. He is still recovering.

The truck driver, Kevin Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, faces several criminal charges, including death by auto, in state court. He has pleaded not guilty. He wasn’t a defendant in Morgan’s federal lawsuit. A criminal complaint stated that Roper was operating the truck without having slept for more than 24 hours. An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board estimated that Roper was driving at sixty-five miles per hour when he Morgan’s limo. The speed limit on that part of the highway is normally fifty-five miles per hour but had been lowered to forty- five miles per hour on that night due to construction. Authorities stated that Roper failed to slow down for the traffic ahead and had then swerved to avoid a crash but instead his truck smashed into the back of Morgan’s limo.

Wal-Mart reached a settlement with McNair’s two children in January.  McNair, of Peekskill, New York, grew up with Morgan in New York City and was a friend and mentor to him over the years. Wal-mart has now settled its lawsuit over the crash with Morgan. Morgan stated that, “Wal-Mart took full responsibility for the accident, which we greatly appreciate.” Brooke Buchanan, spokeswoman for the Wal-mart company stated in January that, “We know there is nothing we can do to change what happened to Mr. McNair, we’re committed to doing what’s right.”

Limo van passengers Ardley Fuqua, of Jersey City, New Jersey, and Jeffrey Millea, of Shelton, Connecticut, also suffered serious injuries in the crash and were plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Wal-Mart.

Car accidents can cause sufficient personal injuries or may even result in the death of a loved one or friend. If you or someone you care about has suffered serious injuries or even died after an accident, then you should contact our experienced and compassionate car accident and personal injury lawyers with the Higgins Firm. We understand how hard this time is for you and we will do everything we can to make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to for your  pain and suffering that you and your family have been through.

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