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Truck accident left comedian with serious injuries


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 14, 2014 in Truck Accidents

Connecticut readers may have heard that actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was injured last weekend in a highway accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. In addition to Morgan, two others were injured and one died. The accident, according to sources, occurred when the trucker, a driver for Wal-Mart, fell asleep at the wheel, failed to see oncoming traffic until too late and slammed into the back of a vehicle.

The driver is now facing criminal charges in connection with the crash, which has highlighted an important issue in the area of trucking safety: driver fatigue. Authorities say the driver had been awake for over 24 hours prior to the accident. According to Wal-Mart, the driver is believed to have been in compliance with federal truck safety regulations. 

The federal regulations referred to are the hours-of-service rules, which govern the limits on how many hours a trucker can remain behind the wheel in any given day or week, as well as the length and frequency of rest breaks. Trucking companies and individual truckers are bound by these rules, and must keep records of their compliance.

The hours-of-service rules are an important safety measure intended to protect not only trucking companies and their drivers, but also other motorists. Truckers who fail to comply with these safety rules need to be held accountable, as well as the companies that turn a blind eye to noncompliance.

Those who have been injured in any truck accident should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to have their case evaluated. Doing so ensures that a negligent truck driver is held fully accountable for their wrongdoing.

Source: USA Today, “Driver in Tracy Morgan crash pleads not guilty,” Suzanne Russell, June 11, 2014.