Several months ago, we updated our readers on the continuing litigation surrounding the truck accident that took the life of comedian James McNair and injured famous actor Tracy Morgan. Recently, McNair’s family settled with Walmart, the party allegedly responsible for the accident, for $10 million. By outlining the specifics of this case, our readers can get an idea of the damage truck accidents are capable of inflicting and the compensation victims can be awarded.
Last June, Tracy Morgan and James McNair were driving out of a Walmart parking lot when the driver of a semi-truck, allegedly awake for more than 24 hours and speeding, ran into the comedians’ limo. McNair lost his life, leaving behind two children. Morgan survived the accident, but suffered a severe traumatic brain injury that could end his career.
So why was the settlement set at $10 million? According to the attorney representing the McNair family, he was able to use the threat of a highly public lawsuit to coerce Walmart, a multi-billion dollar corporation, into settling for $10 million.
Settlements are common when large corporations take responsibility for negligence, as most companies would rather avoid expensive and lengthy battles in court. It is possible that if the case had gone to trial, the costs for Walmart would have exceeded $10 million.
According to the terms of the settlement, the $10 million will be split evenly between James McNair’s two children.
What Options Are Available for Truck Accident Survivors?
This case shows us the impact a truck accident can have on survivors and family members who have lost a loved one. Survivors are likely to face a very long rehabilitation, time away from work and high medical costs. A truck accident settlement can help survivors and family members who have lost loved ones pay for expenses associated with the accident.
Spevack Law Firm – Middlesex County Injury Attorneys
Did You Know?: According to CNBC, there are 10 fatal truck accidents every day in the United States.