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Walmart blames Tracy Morgan for his accident

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Earlier this year, Tracy Morgan was seriously injured in a crash with a Walmart truck, as the driver of said truck had been working too much overtime and was too exhausted behind the wheel. Tracy was in critical condition for a while and has since mostly recovered, but he wants to sue Walmart for the accident and they’re not having it. You see, they say it’s Tracy’s own fault because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. Uh… what?

From People:

Morgan – along with his assistant Jeffrey Millea, his wife Krista Millea, and comedian Ardie Fuqua – filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey against the retail giant in July. The lawsuit states that Walmart had its driver working under “unreasonable” conditions – it claims the driver had been awake for over 24 hours and that he fell asleep at the wheel, which caused the collision.

“As a result of Walmart’s gross, reckless, willful, wanton, and intentional conduct, it should be appropriately punished with the imposition of punitive damages,” stated the complaint.

Walmart filed a response to Morgan’s lawsuit on Monday, denying culpability for the accident.

According to legal documents obtained by PEOPLE, the company states that Morgan’s complaint “fails to set forth any facts which are sufficient to support a direct and/or vicarious claim of negligence as to Walmart.” It also states that “the damages about which plaintiffs complain were not proximately caused by any authorized actions by Walmart and/or its employees, agents, servants or representatives.”

Furthermore, it alleges that any injuries that were sustained during the crash “were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.”

Uh, look – no doubt his injuries were worse because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, and EVERYONE should wear a seatbelt when they get in a car. Seriously, fastening my seatbelt is the first thing I do, because seatbelts can and do save lives. However, to say that most of it was Tracy’s fault because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt? Fuck Walmart, man. Maybe if they weren’t shitty employers who force their workers to nearly kill themselves for minimum wage and barely any benefits, there would be fewer accidents, and, you know, less miserable people in the world.

Also, uh, are they seriously trying to say that Tracy would have had NO injuries (and that the passenger who died wouldn’t have) if they’d all been wearing seatbelts? That they miraculously would have walked away completely unharm despite being slammed into by one of YOUR drivers who fell asleep at the wheel? What kinda world do we live in?

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Tracy Morgan Suing Walmart; Blames Company For Car Crash

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Tracy Morgan is recovering from his car accident — in fact, he just left rehab, according to TMZ, which is great news — and now he’s suing Walmart, blaming the company for the crash. The man who hit the limo Mr. Morgan was riding in was impossibly tired, and Morgan blames the company for overworking him. From TMZ:

Morgan filed suit in New Jersey alleging the company should never have allowed truck driver Kevin Roper to drive for nearly 10 hours straight after being awake for more than 24 hours.

The suit — reported in the NY Post — claims Tracy sustained, “severe painful bodily injuries, including but not limited to multiple fractures which required multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatment and will require significant physical rehabilitation.”

According to the lawsuit … Roper had driven 700 miles from his home to the Walmart distribution center before beginning his fatal drive. One person died when Roper was tooling along in his tractor-trailer at 65 in a 45 MPH zone and slammed into the SUV.

I think this is very interesting that he’s holding the company accountable and not the driver. What do you think of this?

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Tracy Morgan won’t need leg amputation after surgery

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Tracy Morgan was critically injured in an accident on the NJ Turnpike this past weekend, and rumours were circulating that he may need to have his leg amputated due to the extent of his injuries. However, his rep has now confirmed that while he’s undergone surgery and will face a long recovery time, he will keep both of his legs.

From People:

“Tracy remains in critical but stable condition. His fianceé Megan is by his side,” according to a statement to PEOPLE. “As we shared yesterday, Tracy had surgery on his broken leg.”

“This recovery will be arduous and we hope that you can be patient during this difficult time,” his rep’s statement continues.

Such a shame that this happened – the driver, who’s been arrested, apparently admitted that he hadn’t slept in 24 hours before getting behind the wheel. Now, of course, one person is dead and two others (besides Tracy) are gravely injured. It’s not worth driving wherever it is you need to go when you’re in no condition to do so.

Here’s hoping everyone recovers soon!

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