Driver that Caused Trucking Accident Involving Tracy Morgan Had Been Awake Too Long
In the early morning on Saturday, June 7th, a driver caused a serious trucking accident that severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed one of the other passengers in his vehicle.
Reportedly, 35-year-old truck driver Kevin Roper had been awake for 24 consecutive hours before causing the tractor trailer accident. The Jonesboro, GA resident, who drives trucks for Walmart, has been charged with death by automobile and aggravated assault by auto.
“This is a tragedy, and we are profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved,” Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., said in a statement. “The facts are continuing to unfold. If it’s determined that our truck caused the accident, Walmart will take full responsibility.”
About 1 AM on Saturday, Tracy Morgan’s limo van was hit by Roper’s truck on the New Jersey Turnpike. The collision killed one of Morgan’s fellow comedian passengers, James McNair, who performed under the name Jimmy Mack.
Tracy Morgan is reportedly in critical condition after the trucking accident, but is “more responsive, which is an incredibly encouraging sign,” publicist Lewis Kay said Sunday.
Roper turned himself in to police after the trucking accident, and was released on $50,000 bail on Saturday night.
“The driver of the tractor-trailer failed to observe slow-moving traffic ahead,” said Sgt. Gregory Williams of New Jersey State Police. “At the last minute, he swerved to try and avoid the Mercedes limo bus but struck it from behind, forcing the limo to rotate and overturn.”
Trucking Accidents Can Cause Serious Injury and Wrongful Death
Accidents involving heavy commercial vehicles such as semi tractor trailers, flatbed or tanker trucks, buses, or construction accidents can often result in a serious injury or death.
Many times truck drivers cannot see in certain blind spots around their large 18 wheeler. You will also find that many truck drivers do not follow the speed limits and rules of the road. They are pressured by deadlines and DOT regulations are often racing to get to their destination .
Tractor trailer accidents can also occur as the result of driver fatigue. Drivers may get distracted or even fall asleep at the wheel, leaving them unable to avoid a trucking accident.
Injuries sustained in these types of accidents can be disabling. Accidents involving heavy commercial vehicles can cause:
- traumatic brain injury,
- severe disability, and
- even death.
The Strom Law Firm, LLC can help you if you have been injured in a trucking accident. With careful analysis and investigation we will look at critical factors including:
- maintenance and equipment records for the truck;
- whether the truck load was appropriate, properly sized and within the weight limit;
- Weather, road, and grade conditions;
- whether the driver was operating within DOT regulations.
If you or a loved one has been such a victim, contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC trucking accident lawyers. Whether you were injured in a bus accident, tractor trailer accident, or any other commercial vehicle accident, we can help.