Updating a story that we have been following since last summer, the children of the comedian killed in the Tracy Morgan truck accident have been awarded $10 million.
According to ABC News, the children of James McNair have obtained a $10 million settlement from Wal-Mart. The children, Jamel and Denita McNair, are putting part of the payment toward annuities that will pay them monthly amounts for the rest of their lives, the news outlet reported.
The settlement was disclosed in paperwork filed in Surrogate’s Court in New York’s Westchester County, where McNair lived.
McNair and Morgan were involved in a June 2014 accident in Newark when a truck struck the limousine they were riding in. Kevin Roper, the truck driver, who was working for Wal-Mart, was charged with death by auto and assault by auto. He reportedly had not slept for 24 hours prior to the crash, in violation of state law. ABC News also reported that he was driving at a speed of 65 mph in a 45 mph construction zone.
Four other people were also injured in the truck accident. Morgan suffered critical injuries and is still recovering, according to media reports. The comedian also has a lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart that is pending.
Speaking to an Attorney About a Truck Accident
As we have mentioned in previous blogs, if you have been injured in a truck accident, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney. As this case shows, victims and family members of those affected by truck accidents are often entitled to substantial damages.
In many cases, a trucking company’s insurance company will offer a settlement to pay for medical costs and expenses relating to an accident. An attorney can help you determine if any settlement offer is fair. Additionally, he or she can determine if you may be entitled to damages relating to items like pain and suffering.
For more information about how we have helped victims of trucking accidents, visit our verdicts and settlements page.
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