People in the Charleston area who enjoy watching comedians perform on television or in-person, have probably followed some of the news about the truck accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan. In June, a Walmart truck slammed into the limousine van that Morgan and other comedians were riding in while on their way back from a performance. One passenger in the van died, and the most recent update on Morgan is that he may have brain damage as a result of the injuries that he suffered in the accident.
The semi truck accident involving Morgan has helped to focus national attention on the causes of these kinds of accidents. In that case, like many others, the truck driver had not slept in many hours, in an attempt to move cargo from one part of the country to another in as little time as possible.
While federal regulations set limits on many aspects of truck driving, like the number of consecutive hours that a driver can go without a rest, some drivers and truck companies put profits ahead of safety. When this happens, they are risking the lives of everyone that shares the road with the trucker.
At James F. Humphreys & Associates, we understand how devastating a truck accident can be for the victims. Negligence on the part of the driver or their employer can lead to a fatal accident or one that results in severe injuries to others involved in the accident.
We know how to collect the evidence that can help prove your side of a truck accident case. Likewise, we can negotiate on an appropriate settlement with the truck company, or we can push the case to trial where we will fight for you in front of a judge or jury.
Truck accident victims or their family members should let their attorneys work on getting them monetary compensation so that they can focus on moving forward from the accident.