Walmart trucks are everywhere and most likely there are hundreds, if not thousands on the road in any given day in America. This past weekend a Walmart truck was involved in a terrible truck crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. Walmart has pledged to work with authorities after this weekend’s tragic truck crash which left one man dead and several others critically injured, including Tracy Morgan.
The type of accident that took Morgan’s comedy mentor’s life — is one that we have posted about in the past. It concerns a driver who is alleged to have fallen asleep at the wheel, swerving and then striking another vehicle that ended up overturned and engaged other vehicles in its wake. This is one of the most dangerous and common causes of serious truck crashes. The truck driver is now accused of several serious criminal counts, including vehicular homicide which is similar to Georgia’s homicide by vehicle found at Official Code of Georgia section 40-6-393.
The driver alleged to have caused this crash is a Jonesboro, Georgia man. It is unclear how long he has worked for Walmart or how authorities came to the conclusion that the driver had been awake for 24 hours. The initial reports suggested that he had failed to slow down in congested traffic and struck the limo van in which Morgan and others were riding. Four others have been injured in the crash, including Morgan. The federal regulations limit the number of consecutive hours that a driver may work. These hours are a maximum of 14 hours as a single shift and within that no more than 11 hours that include driving. The maximum number of hours that drivers are permitted to work are also set out by regulation and cannot exceed 70 hours in one week.
Morgan’s condition apparently remains critical, but there were some hopeful signs that he was more responsive after surgery for his broken leg. The other injured passengers are assumed to remain in critical condition as well. The National Traffic Safety Board is currently investigating the crash and will most likely come up with a report that will shed more light on the fatal crash. In our next post, we will discuss the measures currently being debated in Congress regarding trucker’s hours and work week regulations.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Georgia truck accident, Scholle Law has the experience and expertise to help guide you through the legal and medical issues involved in these often fatal and dangerous crashes. We have represented many truck crash victims to recover from accidents involving big rigs, tractor -trailers and other commercial vehicles that are regulated by the federal government in their safety requirements. Please contact our law firm for a consultation at no charge regarding your situation.