Tracy Morgan Critically Injured In Crash Caused by Truck Driver’s Fatigue
Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2014 – According to a criminal complaint filed against him, the truck driver charged in a crash that killed one person and critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan had not slept in more than 24 hours.
Kevin Roper was behind the wheel of a Walmart tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike when he crashed into the back of a limo van carrying Morgan and his companions. Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair died at the scene. Morgan was critically injured. Three other passengers, comedians Harris Stanton and Ardie Fuqua and Morgan’s assistant Jeff Millea, were also injured.
“Driver fatigue is often a factor in tractor-trailer accidents,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago truck accident attorney. “Too many drivers — and the companies for which they work — do not follow the hours-of-service regulations that keep fatigued drivers off the road.”
New Jersey State Police said that Roper failed to notice slow-moving traffic ahead of him on the turnpike. According to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, has been charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
Morgan, known for his appearances on 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, suffered a broken nose, leg and ribs. He required and underwent surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick.
Roper was driving a truck owned by Walmart at the time of the accident. A Walmart representative stated that Roper has found a lawyer and that the company is cooperating fully with the investigation.
Morgan is expected require hospital care for several weeks.
Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
351 West Hubbard Street, Ste 810
Chicago, IL 60654
Facebook: Like Us!
Google+ Contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer from Briskman Briskman & Greenberg on Google+.
- Infection rates in Iillinois hospitals may bring Medicare penalties
This fall, Medicare payments may be docked for six or more Illinois hospitals as the government cracks down on infections and other injuries to patients. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which has one of the highest rates of hospital-acquired medical conditions in the state, is on the list. Beginning in October, annual penalties for Northwestern and five [...]
- Labor trauma can cause birth injuries
A number of birth injuries can result from trauma experienced during the labor and delivery process. Said trauma can result from mistakes on the part of medical professionals attending the birth. Head trauma suffered during delivery can cause several different types of birth injuries, including cephalohematoma, caput succedaneum and epidural hemorrhage. Cerebral palsy, a disability [...]
- Wrongful death lawsuits filed against DCFS by families of two deceased girls
Wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against the state Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) by the families of two deceased girls, accusing the agency of ignoring indications that the children had been placed in abusive households with other relatives. One lawsuit was filed July 11 in Cook County Circuit Court by the mother [...]
- Appellate court rules worker’s injury in fall compensable
The Appellate Court of Illinois reversed the judgment of a trial court in a workers’ compensation case, ruling that the worker’s injury in a fall was compensable. The claimant, Jane R. Brais, suffered an injury to her wrist when she tripped on a faulty sidewalk outside the Kankakee County courthouse, where she worked in the [...]
- Up to 12 million adults could be affected by misdiagnosis
A new study in BMJ Quality and Safety, an international journal of healthcare improvement, estimated that one in 20 adults in the United States could be misdiagnosed in outpatient visits. The study found that approximately half of those mistakes could cause the patient harm. The researchers set the definition of misdiagnosis as a missed opportunity [...]