Motor Vehicle Accident: Fatal Tractor Trailer- Limo Van Rollover Crash in New Jersey

September 14, 2014

Rhode Island Truck Trailer AccidentsEast Providence, Rhode Island Personal Injury attorney, David Slepkow discusses a recent preliminary report by the National Transportation safety Board (NTSB) concerning a deadly truck and Limo Van accident in New Jersey in slow moving traffic. RI and Mass. (MA) Injury Attorney Slepkow also discusses reports and news accounts concerning the vehicular collision.

Although this motor vehicle crash did not occur in Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (RI) or Massachusetts (MA), the implication of the report for Multi-State travel in Massachusetts and Rhode Island may be far reaching.

A well-known comedian, Tracey Morgan, was seriously injured in this accident.

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On June 7, 2014 there was a very serious fatal motor vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in New Jersey. A tractor trailer owned by Walmart was travelling north in the center lane of the highway. This was a three lane highway going northbound. As a result of construction on the highway, motor vehicle traffic slowed. The big rig truck, travelling north, struck the Mercedes‑Benz limo in an apparent, rear-end collision. CNN reported, “At the last minute, he swerved to try and avoid the Mercedes limo bus but struck it from behind, forcing the limo to rotate and overturn.”

The Mercedes Limo Van had 7 occupants including the limo driver and 6 passengers.

The negligent trucker who was at fault for the truck crash was charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto. there are allegations that the trucker was awake for 24 hours prior to the deadly wreck.

The two motor vehicles then crashed into other vehicles on the roadway in multiple secondary collisions. The limousine and other vehicles slowed down as a result of traffic on the Turnpike. As a result of the rear-end impact, the limo rolled over. This rollover multi-vehicle wreck killed one of the occupants of the limo. The NTSB issued a preliminary report concerning the fatal motor vehicle accident, “The limo van rolled over and came to rest on its left side, facing east, across the center and right.”

4 other limo passengers were transported to the local hospital for medical treatment for their injuries. Numerous other motor vehicles, automobiles (autos) and cars were involved in this truck crash as a result of secondary vehicular collisions. None of the other car, automobiles or vehicle passengers or motorists was taken by ambulance to medical facilities.

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Road construction can also play a role in car accidents as well as truck accidents across the United States. The NTSB reported that: “NTSB investigators obtained information concerning the construction project. Construction contractors were performing work on a large overhead sign about 2.7 miles north of the crash location. The right and center lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike were closed in the vicinity of this construction zone. About 0.9 miles south of the crash location, an advance warning sign notified northbound traffic of the lane closure ahead. About 0.4 mile south of the crash location, speed limit signs were posted that reduced the speed from 55 mph to 45 mph.”

Channel 10 news reported on a MA Dump Truck accident in Fall River Mass near New Bedford. “FALL RIVER, Mass. -Two people were hospitalized after a dump truck collided with a car on Route 24 in Fall River on Wednesday. Massachusetts State Police said the accident happened at approximately 11:40 a.m. Only one lane of traffic remained open with vehicles backed up for more than one mile on the ramp for Airport Road during the investigation. The road was reopened just before 2 p.m…. The Fall River Fire Department took both drivers, a 58-year-old man from Mattapan and a 47-year-old man from North Dartmouth, to Rhode Island Hospital. There was no immediate word on their condition.”

The Walmart tractor trailer trucker left the Walmart facility in Delaware and started his duty on June 6, 2014 at 11:22. He delivered goods and picked up goods in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. At the time of the motor vehicle mishap, the truck driver had been on duty for 13 hours and 32 minutes and had been actually operating his truck during that period for 9 hours and 37 minutes at the time of the trucking crash. (Info from NTSB prelim report)

The NTSB appears to be investigating whether this crash constitutes a drowsy / sleepy driving case and will determine the amount of rest time the Walmart trucker had in the days prior to the multi-vehicle wreck. Most certainly, the NTSB will explore to what extent tired driving and or speeding played a role in this motor vehicle crash. There is no information suggesting that distracted driving, cell phone use or texting while driving played a role in this 18 wheeler rear end accident.

CNN reported: ” A Georgia truck driver has been charged in a New Jersey wreck that left comedian Tracy Morgan in critical condition and another man dead, authorities said Saturday.”

NPR reported, “Comedian Tracy Morgan, who was seriously hurt last month when his limousine was hit by a Wal-Mart truck going 20 mph over the speed limit, is suing the retail giant for negligence….The complaint, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, says that Wal-Mart should have known that the driver of the truck had been awake 24 hours and alleges that he fell asleep at the wheel.

The Associated Press reported that the lawsuit alleged, “‘As a result of Wal-Mart’s gross, reckless, willful, wanton, and intentional conduct, it should be appropriately punished with the imposition of punitive damages,’ according to the complaint….Morgan’s lawsuit seeks a jury trial and punitive and compensatory damages.”

ZAP2it reports, that the personal injury lawsuit alleges that “Wal-Mart was careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle, which caused Mr. Morgan to suffer severe personal injuries…As a direct and proximate result of said collision, Mr. Morgan was caused to sustain severe painful bodily injuries, including but not limited to multiple fractures which required multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatment and will require significant physical rehabilitation.”

If you were injured in a RI or MA car accident, please contact a Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney or a MA car accident lawyer. In the event that a spouse, loved one, or child was killed or died as a result of a tragic fatal accident then please contact a Rhode Island wrongful death lawyer or a Mass. Wrongful death attorney. Only the executor or administrator of the estate of the deceased can pursue a wrongful death cause of action as a result of an accident causing a fatality in RI and MA.

Tracey Morgan’s personal injury attorneys filed a lawsuit Read the Personal Injury lawsuit here:

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