Comedian Tracy Morgan, best known for his work on “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live,” was critically injured in a truck accident on the New Jersey Turnpike early this Saturday. Morgan was leaving a performance in Delaware when a tractor trailer collided with the limousine van that was carrying Morgan and his friends. Comic James McNair died at the scene. Morgan suffered a broken leg, ribs and nose. His three other companions were also injured, two of whom are also in critical condition. In total, six vehicles were involved in the crash.
The truck driver, 35-year old Kevin Roper, is currently being charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto. According to reports, Roper failed to observe a “slow moving traffic ahead” sign and rear-ended the limo van, causing it to spin and overturn. The charges also allege that Roper had not slept in more than 24 hours, which is a violation of hours of service regulations put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). According FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety and Accountability regulations, truck drivers can drive for a maximum of 11 hours during a 14-hour period, which must be followed by 10 hours of rest.
Roper drives for Walmart, which issued a written statement in response to the driver’s charges.
“This is a tragedy, and we are profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved. The facts are continuing to unfold. If it’s determined that our truck caused the accident, Walmart will take full responsibility.” – Bill Simon, President and CEO of Walmart U.S.
As this unfortunate incident demonstrates, commercial truck accidents can cause incredible damage. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, please contact the attorneys at DiCesare, Davidson and Barker today. Our experienced attorneys will help you determine fault and secure the compensation that you deserve.