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Comedian Tracy Morgan seriously injured in an auto accident

New Jersey readers have likely already heard about celebrity Tracy Morgan being involved in a recent car accident. The comedian was seriously injured in an auto accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. The accident killed another person who was involved and injured several others.

The 45-year-old comedian and actor is primarily known for his roles on "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live." His limousine bus was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer; the impact caused the limo bus to turn over. Six other individuals were said to be inside the limo bus at the time of the crash. This included Morgan, as well as his 62-year-old comedian mentor, James McNair, also known as "Jimmy Mack," who was killed. Along with Morgan, two others were listed in critical condition. Another was treated and then released from the hospital.

The driver of the Wal-Mart tractor-trailer was charged with death by vehicle as well as four separate counts of assault by vehicle. He did obtain legal counsel and was released on a paid bond of $50,000. Rumors have surfaced that the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel, but New Jersey authorities say that they have no evidence to back up these claims. However, it remains to be seen exactly what evidence might turn up during the investigation.

Although at this time there is no clear evidence that the driver of the tractor-trailer was asleep at the wheel, truckers and trucking companies do not always follow the rules when it comes to their hours of service on the road. This can lead to individuals becoming seriously or even fatally injured in an auto accident, such as this one with Tracy Morgan in New Jersey. Individuals who have been injured in a vehicle accident due to the careless or negligent attention of another driver may be able to pursue a legal claim that can recover compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, emotional anguish and other related damages. Similarly, surviving relatives of any victims who die may be able to file wrongful death claims.

Source: NBC Philadelphia, "Tracy Morgan Critically Hurt in NJ Turnpike Crash", Vince Lattanzio, June 7, 2014

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