In a tragic accident that occurred in New Jersey earlier this week, one man is dead and the actor and comedian Tracy Morgan is in critical condition after the limo they were riding in was rear-ended by a semi-truck driver on the New Jersey Turnpike. According to a report by CNN, the accident occurred shortly after one in the morning when the limo that was carrying Morgan and several others was forced to slow down for traffic ahead.
Evidently, as their limo slowed, a semi-truck approached from the rear and failed to reduce its speed, crashing into the rear of the limo. A spokesperson from the New Jersey State Police explained that the driver attempted to avoid the limo at the last minute but was unable to get around it. The driver of the semi-truck is from Georgia.
Tracy Morgan was admitted into the hospital in critical condition, although he has improved since and is expected to recover. However, a friend of Morgan’s, a fellow comedian named James McNair, died from the injuries he sustained in the accident. Two other unnamed people were admitted to the hospital in critical condition. Four other vehicles were involved in the accident, but none of those drivers or passengers were seriously injured.
Police are still investigating the accident, but they believe that the truck driver who caused it had not slept for up to 24 hours before the fatal crash.
Georgia and Drowsy Driving
While it is not certain yet, the preliminary reports indicate that the driver of the truck was not in compliance with the federal guidelines that require truck drivers to get a certain amount of rest while on the road. These guidelines are created to keep our highways safe and in hopes of preventing exactly these types of accidents.
In Georgia, when an accident is caused due to drowsy driving, the drowsy driver can be held responsible for his or her actions. In cases that involve semi-trucks, the rest logs that all semi-truck drivers are required to fill out can generally be admitted into evidence as proof of the driver’s lack of sleep. In addition, the guidelines themselves may assist the jury in understanding how the driver may have been negligent in failing to get the required amount of rest.
Have You Been Injured in a Georgia Truck Accident?
If you have been injured in a Georgia car or truck accident that you believe was due to the drowsy or otherwise negligent driving of the other driver, you may be entitled to substantial monetary compensation for your medical bills as well as for your pain and suffering. At Miller Legal Services, we understand how difficult it can be to get your life back on track after being involved in a serious Georgia accident, and we do everything we can to make the process as smooth for you as possible. Click here, or call 770-284-3727 to speak to a dedicated Georgia personal injury attorney about your case today. There is no fee for the initial consultation.
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