Tracy Morgan Crash: Walmart Agrees to Settle Civil Lawsuit

28 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Lawyer: Tracy Morgan happy Wal-Mart crash lawsuit behind him.

Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Walmart over a New Jersey highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. It was announced today that comedian Tracy Morgan settled with Walmart for an undisclosed amount over the deadly car crash that left him seriously injured.Tracy Morgan, who has finally reached a settlement with the Walmart, claims that he’s satisfied with how the corporation took care of him financially after the accident.

The ’30 Rock’ actor’s attorney and the company’s lawyers have announced that they were done with the settlement, but the amount paid to the actor stays under wraps, reported TMZ.com. A criminal complaint alleges that the driver was operating the truck without sleep for over 24 hours and was driving 20 miles over the 55 mph speed limit on the highway on the fateful night.

Morelli was impressed by the company’s actions. “[We] do feel that they did take full responsibility,” he said. “I was very, very surprised, pleasantly surprised that Walmart stepped up to the plate.” “Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone that was involved in the accident,” said Greg Foran, Walmart U.S. president and CEO, in the statement. “While we know there is nothing that can change what happened, Walmart has been committed to doing what’s right to help ensure the well-being of all of those who were impacted by the accident.” Officials said “Roper had been awake for more than 24 consecutive hours before the crash.” The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours of service (HOS) requirements dictate that a driver carrying freight can work up to 14 hours a day, driving no more than 11 of those. Passengers Ardley Fuqua, of Jersey City, New Jersey, and Jeffrey Millea, of Shelton, Connecticut, also suffered serious injuries in the June crash and were plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Wal-Mart. National Transportation Safety Board estimated that Roper was driving 65 mph in the minute before he slammed into Morgan’s limo van on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Specifically, the legislation suspended the requirement that required drivers to be off the road between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. when they are in a mandated rest period. A spokesman for Collins said the suspension “would actually make the roads safer by letting rested truck drivers travel during the 1-5 a.m. period vs. during the more congested, daytime hours.” The U.S.

Department of Transportation had urged against suspending the rest rules. “Suspending the current Hours-of-Service safety rules will expose families and drivers to greater risk every time they’re on the road,” said the department in a statement.

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