Tracy Morgan Truck Accident: Walmart Lawsuit Moves Forward

Tracy Morgan’s lawsuit against Walmart is moving forward, despite the driver’s attempt to intervene and press pause.

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan

The famous comedian sustained serious, life-threatening injuries last year when a Walmart big rig slammed into his van. One of the other passengers, Morgan’s fellow comedian and friend, was killed. Police say that the driver — Kevin Roper, who was working for Walmart at the time — was speeding.

Now, Roper is up against criminal charges. That’s why he tried to delay Morgan’s lawsuit against Walmart, even though Roper isn’t named as a defendant in the civil action. The driver was worried that the civil trial could have a negative impact on his pending criminal charges.

A federal judge denied Roper’s motion to delay, effectively allowing Tracy Morgan’s lawsuit to move ahead without interruption.

Meanwhile, The Huffington Post reports that Walmart has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the deceased passenger’s family. Wrongful death lawsuits are filed by close family members and provide financial compensation for losses related to a death caused by negligence.

Walmart won’t disclose the terms of the settlement, but the Post reports that the family members are satisfied. Unquestionably, there was a substantial dollar amount on the table.

Commercial truck accidents like Tracy Morgan’s are frequently fatal and entirely too common. If you or a loved one has been injured a truck accident in Arizona, a Phoenix personal injury attorney can help.


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