Truck accidents often leave the worst injuries and damages for the victim of accidents on the road. It is not uncommon for defense attorneys in truck accident cases to try to blame victims for their injuries.
Why do companies do this?
This is done in an attempt to reduce potential damages that could go to victims, by placing responsibility in their hands. Therefore it is important to speak to our Atlantic City injury attorneys if you have been involved in a truck crash.
Sadly, this occurred recently when Wal-Mart filed documents in a federal court in response to a lawsuit brought on by actor Tracy Morgan.
Morgan was involved in a truck accident in Newark in 2014, when Kevin Roper struck the limousine he was riding in. Roper, who was working for Wal-Mart, was charged with death by auto and assault by auto charges in a state court. He reportedly had not slept for 24 hours prior to the crash, in violation of state law.
Morgan suffered critical injuries and spent several months in rehabilitation and is still recovering. Four other people were injured in the accident, and one person, James McNair, was killed.
In response to a lawsuit brought on by Morgan, Wal-Mart said that the passengers’ injuries were caused by their “failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.”
Morgan’s attorneys called the claims “disingenuous” and they are seeking a jury trial, and punitive and compensatory damages.
How Can I Speak to an Attorney about a Truck Accident?
Remember, if you have been involved in a truck accident resulting in injuries, you should contact our attorneys immediately. As this case shows, companies will go to great lengths to save money when it comes to injury claims.
While it is possible that a trucking company’s insurance will cover medical costs and expenses related to your accident, insurance providers will often attempt to pay you as little as necessary, leaving you to cover unexpected medical bills in some cases.
You should not settle for this. Call our office today at (609) 348-1106 if you have been involved in a truck accident, so that we may help you seek justice.
We do not settle for anything less than the best for our clients. For more information, visit our verdict and settlement page.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Accident Attorneys