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Plea entered by driver involved in Tracy Morgan accident

The June 2014 trucking accident that caused serious injuries to comedian Tracy Morgan reminded motorists in Ohio and around the nation of the dangers associated with fatigue and driving in the trucking industry. While standards for the industry continue to receive scrutiny, the driver of the rig involved in the Morgan accident has entered a plea of not guilty in connection to the charges he faces for the incident.

The legal team representing the driver seeks the dismissal of the charges in this case. If convicted, the defendant could face an extensive period of incarceration. While Morgan survived the crash in spite of major injuries, another comedian in the vehicle with him, James McNair, perished. Other passengers suffered severe injuries in the accident as well. If convicted, the truck driver faces up to 30 years of jail time for the aggravated murder charge in the case, and the other charges carry lengthy potential sentences as well.

In reviewing the big rig accident, the National Transportation Safety Board has indicated that the driver lacked sufficient sleep prior to the driving period during which the accident occurred. Further, the NTSB notes that the driver did not slow down or respond to traffic signs in the area. At this point, Wal-Mart, the company whose truck was involved, has settled with Morgan in a civil matter connected with the incident, but the amount paid has not been disclosed.

An individual who is harmed in a trucking accident may have various avenues of recourse for seeking financial compensation to deal with injuries and other damages. The insurance company covering a rig might provide some funds to cover damage to a vehicle as well as medical costs. However, a case involving negligent driving might warrant a personal injury lawsuit filed naming both the truck driver and the trucking company as defendants.

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