As many already know, comedian Tracy Morgan was in a deadly car accident on June 7th 2014. Morgan is best known for his work on the popular television shows Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. After the accident, Morgan spent two weeks in a coma, suffered from multiple broken bones and is still dealing with a traumatic brain injury that will likely take years to heal, if it heals at all.
While still in recovery, Morgan received the devastating news that his friend, comedian James McNair, was killed in the crash. Amid all of this, Morgan found himself in a truck accident lawsuit with Wal-Mart over compensation for the crash that was later proven to be the fault of their truck driver. Like many victims, Morgan knew he was not the party at fault, but all of this needed to be proven in court.
While this would seem like a cut-and-dry case, commercial trucking claims are very complicated. Fault in a commercial trucking case can be found in many places. If there is a malfunction with the truck, the manufacturer of that truck could be found at fault. If the driver is at fault, as happened in Morgan’s case, they will be found at fault. If the company is negligent in their practices, they may be found at fault as well. Wal-Mart attorneys and insurance companies were not going to take responsibility unless they were forced to. Once it was clear the accident was caused by the driver of Wal-Mart’s truck, most believe that would cause the retail giant to step up and make sure to take care of the victims, including Morgan and the family of James McNair. Unfortunately, Wal-Mart fought the case on the basis that the passengers of Morgan’s limousine should have been wearing seat belts. The National Transportation Safety Board sided with Tracy Morgan, citing that Wal-Mart’s driver was severely sleep-deprived and was traveling at about 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.
This case is a highly publicized example of how far a large company will go to fight a truck accident lawsuit. While Morgan’s crash took place in New Jersey, Georgia has quite a bit of commercial truck traffic and the practices of those truckers can have a drastic impact in the Atlanta metro area in particular. When large companies allow their employees to engage in dangerous practices, they put all Atlanta drivers in danger. Because of that negligence, these companies should take responsibility when truck accidents occur. Car accidents in Atlanta are very common, and when they involve trucks, the results are typically far more severe. When injuries are life changing, it is important that your rights are protected and that you hire an experienced Atlanta-based truck accident lawyer. Large retail companies and insurance companies would never show up without the best attorneys. Considering you have a life to get back to, you shouldn’t either.
If you’ve been involved in a Georgia truck accident, hire a local truck accident lawyer. Contact The Patterson Cozzo Law Firm at 770-422-8840.