Investigators say that the truck driver drove 12 hours in his personal vehicle from his Georgia home to his base in Delaware before starting his shift driving for Wal-Mart. This means that he was between his 13th and 14th hour of driving at the time of the crash. The 800 miles he drove overnight appears to have been a factor in the accident that resulted in the crash.
Morgan was able to reach a confidential settlement with Wal-Mart in 2015. As part of their defense, Wal-Mart originally faulted Morgan and the other passengers for their injuries because they were not wearing seat belts in the limousine that was rear-ended by the truck. However, the retailer eventually settled out of court.
This incident involving Tracy Morgan is just an example of the devastating accidents that can be caused by truck driver fatigue. Federal laws require drivers of commercial trucks to get the required amount of rest before getting on the roadway. However, we often see truck drivers violate these rules to meet unrealistic delivery schedules and deadlines.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident caused by a fatigued driver, contact an experienced Atlanta truck accident attorney who will examine critical evidence such as driver logs to determine fault and negligence, and help injured victims secure maximum compensation for their significant losses.
Grant Law Office can help you pursue the compensation you need. Contact us today at (866) 249-5513.