San Francisco news reports that comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his personal injury lawsuit against Wal-Mart. The truck accident occurred last year, killing one man and seriously injuring two others. The settlement amount remains confidential.
The accident occurred when a Wal-Mart truck rear-ended a limo van carrying the comedian and the other men. Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was killed. Morgan suffered a broken leg, broken ribs and head trauma. The driver of the truck faces criminal charges for allegedly driving without having had sufficient rest between shifts. Regulations exist concerning the number of hours truckers can drive. Currently, in the United States, the Hours of service (HOS) of commercial drivers are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are limited to 11cumulative hours driving in a 14-hour period, following a rest period of no less than 10 consecutive hours.
However, despite these laws, truck drivers and trucking companies may try to skirt these regulations, and place tired and dangerous drivers back on the road. Accidents related to fatigued truck drivers occur far too frequently and may cause devastating injuries, such as in this instance.
For more information, or if you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a commercial trucking accident, please contact the experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.