Mankato, MN- As comedian Tracy Morgan continues to struggle with his recovery after suffering serious injuries in a June truck accident, Walmart responded to a lawsuit by stating Morgan and the other victims involved are partly responsible for their injuries.
In their response to a lawsuit filed by Morgan, and the family of James McNair, who was killed in the accident, Walmart said they were responsible for their injuries because they weren’t wearing seat belts.
“By failing to exercise ordinary care in making use of available seat belts, upon information and belief, plaintiffs acted unreasonably and in disregard of plaintiffs own best interests,” Walmart stated according to the Associated Press.
Upon hearing this Morgan expressed outrage, giving an official statement to CNBC:
“After I heard what Walmart said in court I felt I had to speak out. I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I’m fighting hard every day to get back.”
Although it may be insulting to Morgan and the other victims, blaming the victim in part for their injuries is a common practice in truck accident cases. Trucking companies and other interested parties try to place some of the blame in the victims as part of their defense in order to limit their financial liabilities. By casting some of the responsibility onto the victims, a company hopes to reduce the settlements amounts they must pay.
Our Minnesota truck accident attorneys are familiar with this and the other tactics trucking companies employ when faced with a personal injury or wrongful death suit. They understand the true impact an accident can have so they what it takes to ensure a trucking company takes responsibility for their negligence.
Morgan, McNair and two other comedians were traveling in a limo bus on the night of June 7th on the New Jersey turnpike when they were struck by a Walmart tractor-trailer driven by Kevin Roper. It was later revealed that Roper had been awake for 24 hours prior to the accident, but a subsequent investigation conducted by the NTSB found that Roper was speeding and detected no violation of federal hours-of-service rules.
Morgan’s attorney says his client may never be able to work again because of the severity of the injuries he suffered. In addition to suffering broken leg and ribs, Morgan suffered a brain injury. Morgan is going through intensive rehabilitation so he can learn to walk and speak again.
The injuries Morgan suffered are not unusual for many accident victims. With such severe injuries, truck accident victims face a long recovery, costly medical bills and the prospect they may never be able to work again. If you are suffering, we urge you to contact a Minnesota truck accident attorney as soon as you are able. Having experience legal counsel on your side will assure you get every cent you need.