Highway Collision Involving Comedian Tracy Morgan Brings Spotlight to Truck Accidents

William E. Johnson
June 13, 2014

Truck Accidents
Comedian and Saturday Night Live star Tracy Morgan was involved in a highway collision on Saturday when a tractor-trailer plowed into his limo bus on the New Jersey Turnpike. The collision killed comedian James McNair, and injured comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton.  

Truck Accident Attorney
 
Morgan suffered several injuries, including broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken leg, and a broken femur. He underwent surgery on Sunday and remains in critical but stable condition.  
 
Truck Driver Had Not Slept in 24 Hours
A criminal complaint filed against Wal-Mart truck driver Kevin Roper claims that he was awake for more than 24 consecutive hours before the incident.
 
"With regards to news reports that suggest Mr. Roper was working for 24 hours, it is our belief that Mr. Roper was operating within the federal hours of service regulations," Brooke Buchanan, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman, said in a written statement, referring to limits of 11 hours driving in a 14-hour period followed by 10 hours of rest.
 
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has specific requirements in place that govern how much sleep a commercial truck driver is required to have depending on the number of hours he or she is behind the wheel. When they fail to abide by those requirements, they put themselves and everyone else on the road in danger.
 
However, safety advocates seeking regulations that would shorten drivers’ hours and require more rest time have made little headway against the trucking lobby. In 2003, the Bush administration increased the time drivers could be behind the wheel each day to 11 hours. For nearly 70 years, the limit had been 10 hours. In 2011, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration refused to reverse that dangerous addition.
 
We have experience handling a wide variety of truck driver error cases, including:
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to maintain a proper speed
  • Following too close
  • Drunk driving
  • Unsecured load
  • Driver fatigue
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) violations
Contact our West Palm Beach office to schedule a free consultation to speak with one of our 18-wheeler error attorneys about your case. We will give you an honest assessment of your claim and explain your legal options. 
 

William E. Johnson is a preeminent trial lawyer with an established practice in West Palm Beach to serve clients in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death. With offices based at CityPlace in the heart of West Palm Beach, Mr. Johnson serves those whose lives have been affected by personal injury or wrongful death throughout the state of Florida.

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