A report came out recently in USA Today that indicates Walmart is trying to place the blame for injuries in an accident that occurred over the summer on the victim. And that victim happens to be actor/ comedian Tracy Morgan. Walmart claims that Tracy Morgan was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. The company put out a statement saying "[Tracy Morgan's injuries] were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs' failure to properly wear appropriate available seatbelt restraint device..." Because they failed to wear a seatbelt, Walmart is claiming that they are not entitled to damages.
So what happened?
Tracy Morgan was involved in a 6 car pile up where he and three others were in critical condition and one person died. The comedian and others have filed a lawsuit against the company.
According to reports on CNN, the Walmart truck driver was driving 20 mph over the speed limit and had nearly reached his drive time limit at the time of the crash. Some reports indicate he had been awake for 24 hours.
Morgan and others were in a limo type bus, not a private car.
Yes, Walmart is required to respond to the lawsuit against them, but to point the finger at the injured victims is not right. We see these accusations and often frivolous defenses by corporations and insurance companies frequently; they are publicized because a famous person was seriously injured.
This is one of the many examples of big corporations working against the victims. These companies and their insurance adjusters are not your friends. In a serious accident, much like this one, a person should never try to do this alone. How would you do on your own in a fight against an international company or insurance company?
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