A news story was published this week and it did not come as the shock to us that many would have suspected. It ends up that the driver that severely injured Tracy Morgan and killed another passenger in the same van was fatigued.
There are rules for driving big trucks and busses and we should reasonably expect that professional drivers would follow them and that a company the size of Walmart would be making sure that the public interest was being looked after. It appears that in this case and many, many other cases like this they are not looking after much. We have written extensively about professional drivers and the responsibility they have to observe rules like weight, speed, control and rest. It’s really hard to determine which one of these is the most important. The reality is that each of these matter and when you have a big truck that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds in the hands of a fatigued driver you have the potential for disaster.
Combining fatigue with 80,000 pounds moving at 30 miles per hour can easily lead to injury and even death and we saw both in this case. Making the injuries even worse is that the bus that Morgan was riding in didn’t even have the availability of passenger restraints. While seatbelts may not prevent all injuries, they do prevent those using them from being thrown around inside of the vehicle and even possibly ejected.
As injury advocates we applaud the attorneys that are working on behalf of Mr. Morgan for doing their homework and pursuing the small but important details like driver fatigue. These details matter and when the information they provide is used in the manner intended it can result in fewer injuries down the road for all of us.
If you or a loved one has been injured or worse at the hands of a professional driver you should call GBLEGAL. We have the experienced professionals you need to determine what happened and what to do next. Call us 24/7/365 at 888-809-1075 or visit www.gblegal.com We Can Help!