On July 10, 2014, comedian and former star of "30 Rock,” Tracy Morgan, and three others, filed a lawsuit against Walmart for the injuries they suffered in a deadly limo-bus crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Morgan’s injuries include a fractured leg as well as a broken nose and ribs. The lawsuit alleges that fatigued truck driver caused the collision due, at least in part, to the demands Walmart placed on him. It now appears that the driver was close to (but had not exceeded) his Federally permitted maximum service hours. There is also evidence that the driver may not have slept in the 24-hours prior to the truck crash.
Last year, truck crashes involving fatigued trucked drivers resulted in nearly 4,000 deaths. In the last four years, deaths caused by fatigued truck drivers have increased each year.
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Chad Hemmat - Co-Founding Partner, Talks About Commercial Trucking Accident Injury Cases in Colorado
The Importance of Preservation Letters.
Truck drivers don't do well on little rest or in poor conditions. The key difference between them and other motorists is the sheer size of the metal around them. When wrecks do happen, Colorado tractor trailer accidents can have devastating consequences.
Long-Hauler Causes Fatal Consequences
I-70 is a major artery that crosses near Denver but also all the way from Maryland to California. So it's no shock that out-of-state tractor trailers can be involved in wrecks. Less than a month ago, a Californian driver wrecked into three different passenger vehicles outside of Golden. One person was killed and another was airlifted. Continue Reading...
Most people understand what to do in the case of a car accident: make sure everyone is okay, call for assistance if need be, swap insurance information and if need be, call the police. Colorado truck accidents are a whole other ballgame entirely. Drivers of commercial vehicles are generally covered by their employers' liability policies and not their own. There are some other key differences.
Why Commercial Liability Insurers Are Not Your Friend
Tractor trailers may be slow, but the insurers who have to cover bodily and property damage are not. Semis involved in Colorado truck accidents and throughout the country are not cheap, more than top-end BMWs or other luxury cars. Since they are bigger, they are also more deadly and cause thousands of deaths each year, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Trucking accident fatalities around here, generally speaking, occur predominantly in the suburbs of Denver although they are of course not limited to that area. Continue Reading...
From time to time, I get angry emails and phone call from truckers or their families. They usually call us after the airing of our commercials regarding dangerous truck drivers and the devastating injuries they cause.
Truckers want me to know that the majority of crashes on the roadway are private vehicle crashes. They also want me to know that in the majority of crashes that involve commercial trucks, the truck driver is not the at-fault driver. So, in an effort to provide you with full disclosure, there you go. Those statements are in fact true. Continue Reading...
For 15 years our Federal government debated the implementation of a rule that every adult driver knows to be sensible...placing a reasonable cap on the number of hours a long haul truck driver can spend behind the wheel. Finally, last year the Federal government implemented a 70 hour work restriction with other rest requirements, including a 34 hour rest period. This legislation was likely passed in response to the four consecutive years of record setting deaths caused by commercial trucking crashes. Last year, truck crashes involving fatigued truck drivers caused just short of 4,000 deaths nationwide.
However, now it seems that Congress is about to relax the rules to benefit the trucking industry by reverting back to an 82-hour work week for commercial truckers. Public safety advocacy groups see this reversion as Congress giving in to pressure from the trucking industry lobbyists. Unfortunately, safety will once again take a backseat to corporate profits. Continue Reading...
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require that a driver work no more than 11 hours in any consecutive 14 hour period - for any shift. Following 11 hours on duty, the driver must be off duty for 10 consecutive hours before starting another shift. Last Saturday night, a Wal-Mart long-haul trucker named Kevin Roper blatantly violated this rule by driving without having slept for more than 24 hours. As a result of Mr. Roper’s willful violation of the Federal rules, he rear-ended a limo bus on the New Jersey Turnpike around 1 a.m. The traffic collision severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian named James McNair.
The truck driver was unable to substantiate with his driving logs that he had slept in the 24 hours prior to the catastrophic commercial truck crash. Investigators found conclusive evidence that driver fatigue was the likely cause of the crash. Consequently, the 35-year-old Wal-Mart driver has been charged with vehicular homicide and careless driving. Continue Reading...