» Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Following Tractor-Trailer Collision

Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Following Tractor-Trailer Collision

Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2014 – Comedian Tracy Morgan is suing Wal-Mart Stores for its role in a crash in which he was severely injured.

On June 7, 2014, comedian James McNair was killed, and Morgan and two friends were injured, when a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer rear-ended their chauffeured limo van on the New Jersey Turnpike. Prosecutors charged the truck driver with death by auto and assault by auto, claiming that he had not slept in more than 24 hours preceding the crash. Morgan’s lawsuit accuses Wal-Mart of negligence in the operation of its truck.

“If these allegations are true, both the driver and Wal-Mart acted negligently,” said attorney Richard LaGarde, who is not involved with the case. “Each had a responsibility to ensure the heavy truck was not operated under unsafe conditions. It’s simply not possible to drive a semi safely after 24 hours without sleep.”

The suit claims the driver, Kevin Roper of Georgia, had been driving for more than 25 hours before the crash, including a 700-mile commute from his home to a Wal-Mart facility in Delaware. The suit says the company should not have allowed Roper to begin a work shift following his commute.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, Roper was also speeding. An NTSB report said he was driving 65 mph leading up to the crash. The speed limit at the site of the accident, which is normally 55 mph, had been lowered to 45 mph due to construction.

Wal-Mart issued a statement saying they were fully cooperating with the investigation and were “committed to doing the right thing.”

LaGarde Law Firm, P.C
3000 Weslayan, Ste. 380
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: (713) 993-0660
Toll Free: 1-866-LAGARDE

LaGarde Law Firm, P.C.
Jason M. Welborn - Of Counsel
617 S. Buchanan Street
PO Box 2053
Lafayette, LA 70501
Phone: (337) 443-4100
Toll Free: 1-866-LAGARDE

facebook twitter google_plus_32

  • In Houston, appellate court upholds twenty-four million dollar judgement over radioactive land
    On July 24, the First Court of Appeals in Houston refused to throw out a $24.5 million award made against Forest Oil Corp. as part of a legal battle that stretches back to 2004. Ten years ago, James McAllen, owner of McAllen Ranch in Santillana, sued Forest Oil Corp. Forest had contracted use of the […]
  • Two dead, one injured in Mitchell County oilfield electrocution
    On August 20, a team of three Texan oilfield workers were removing a pump jack when one of its cables struck a power line overhead. The connection electrocuted Laban Robokoff, 24, and Harvey McKinney, 36, killing them both. CPR was performed, but they were pronounced dead enroute to the hospital. Steven McKinney, 32, Harvey McKinney’s […]
  • Texas Supreme Court will hear oil royalties case
    The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear a long-running oil royalties dispute. The case in question concerns a landowner’s claim of fraud — and how that claim might affect the statute of limitations for bringing claims against a driller. Charles Hooks III’s land lease required Samson Lone Star LP to pay him if it […]
  • Judge rules some Jones Act plaintiffs may seek punitive damages
    A federal judge in Pennsylvania who has overseen a sprawling, multidistrict litigation has made an important ruling on whether Jones Act plaintiffs can seek punitive damages. Merchant marine workers and their survivors are suing ship owners, alleging that exposure to ship-born asbestos scarred their lungs and/or contributed to their deaths. They are suing under the […]
  • Fraud in the Oil Patch – Oil and Gas Investors Should Be Wary
    The United States is experiencing an oil boom.  As with every boom, hucksters are busy designing clever schemes to steal money from eager oil and gas investors. Federal officials recently accused Halek Energy, LLC with swindling 300 investors out of nearly $22 million in a Texas oil and gas project.  The company’s CEO, Jason Halek, […]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required