Tracy Morgan’s Suit Against Walmart Sheds Light on Lenient Trucking Regulations

Posted on Jul 21, 2014

Tracy Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Walmart following the devastating trucking accident last month that severely injured the comedian and several other passengers, and killed fellow comedian James McNair. The fatal accident took place on June 7, when an allegedly drowsy Walmart truck driver from Georgia crashed into Morgan’s limousine on the New Jersey Turnpike, and the subsequent lawsuit has put the focus back on the risk of deadly trucking accidents involving drowsy drivers. If you have suffered injuries in a trucking accident in Atlanta, Marietta, or elsewhere in GA, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal accident with a semi-truck, consult our reputable attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak to discuss your legal options. With our personal injury lawyers on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the compensation you deserve for your losses.

Trucker Had Been Awake for 24 Hours Straight

Morgan and three others involved in the trucking accident last month filed a lawsuit last week against Walmart Stores Inc., alleging that the retail company “knew or should have known” that Kevin Roper, the 35-year-old Georgia man who was driving the semi-truck at the time of the collision, had been awake for more than 24 consecutive hours prior to the accident. The deadly trucking accident also comes on the heels of a vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee to apply more leniency to trucking industry safety regulations. Just last month, the Committee voted to suspend a new Department of Transportation rule that requires truck drivers to take a 34-hour break after working 60 consecutive hours in seven consecutive days, or 70 hours in eight days.

Our Qualified Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help

Drowsy driving, also known as fatigued driving, is a major concern in Georgia and throughout the United States, especially when it comes to accidents involving tractor-trailers, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. In a traffic accident between a big-rig and a passenger car, or in Tracy Morgan’s case, a limousine, the occupants in the passenger car are far more likely than the truck driver to suffer serious injuries or wrongful death. If you have been injured in a Georgia trucking accident with an allegedly drowsy driver, contact our truck accident lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak today for legal help. Our law firm is located in Atlanta, and our attorneys have years of experience protecting the rights of trucking accident victims and their families throughout the state of Georgia.