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Tracy Morgan's case joins other truck accidents that settled

This blog first reported on the devastating crash here in New Jersey in which actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured on June 18, 2014 ("New Jersey Truck Accidents: Tracy Morgan, others hurt, 1 killed"). Morgan filed a lawsuit against retail giant Wal-Mart, which was the employer of the driver of the truck that hit Morgan's limousine in June 7, 2014. As has happened in numerous other truck accidents, Morgan has settled his claims with Wal-Mart nearly one full year after the wreck.

The details of the settlement were not disclosed, but its existence was recently confirmed by a federal court filing and the parties involved. Morgan's attorney did reveal, however, that Wal-Mart admitted responsibility for the crash. A statement released by the actor/comedian expressed his satisfaction with the terms of the agreement and that the two sides were able to amicably negotiate the settlement.

The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary findings estimated that the truck driver was speeding and failed to slow for the traffic ahead of him. He attempted to avoid colliding with the vehicle in front of him by swerving into the next lane, which is when the truck smashed into Morgan's limousine. The driver has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges filed in a New Jersey court.

Survivors of truck accidents can endure lengthy recoveries and suffer permanent disabilities. For instance, Morgan suffered a traumatic brain injury from which he is still attempting to recover almost a year later. Companies who employ truck drivers are often held financially liable for the damages sustained by these victims if negligence on the part of those drivers is proved. Instead of going through protracted litigation, many companies are willing to settle with the victims. However, if an individual does believe a settlement offer is fair, he or she is not required to accept it and may proceed to trial.

Source: 7online.com, "Wal-Mart and Tracy Morgan reach settlement of civil lawsuit over accident", David Porter, May 27, 2015

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