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Should Wal-Mart bear responsibility in Tracy Morgan Turnpike crash [Poll]

Three-dimensional scan of the Mercedes-Benz limo van carrying Tracy Morgan and 6 others involved with an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike (NTSB)
Three-dimensional scan of the Mercedes-Benz limo van carrying Tracy Morgan and 6 others involved with an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike (NTSB)

It was only a matter of time before the lawsuits started – and now is that time.
Tracy Morgan is suing Wal-Mart in the crash that left him seriously injured and fatally injured a fellow comedian.

The grounds of the lawsuit are that Wal-Mart was negligent in that they should have known that the driver of the truck that slammed into Morgan’s limo – Kevin Roper – hadn’t slept in over 24 hours when the truck he was driving careened at 65 mph into Morgan’s limo.

By not having a crystal ball in knowing this about the driver makes them a party to the lawsuit – and a big party at that.

But as long as their name is on the side of the truck that smashed into Morgan; and as long as the driver of said truck was on Wal-Mart’s clock you would think makes the retailing giant liable.

According to the complaint:

“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.”

Morgan’s lawsuit seeks a jury trial and punitive and compensatory damages, AP reported.

Most of us hate hearing about lawsuits, because they conjure up images of sleazy lawyers making money off incidents such as these.

However, I think Wal-Mart would have to bear some of the responsibility here. Even if company officials don’t know what all a driver is doing during the hours he (or she) is supposed to be off – perhaps what needs to be taken into account is that they may have set an unreasonable time for the goods to have reached their intended destination.

And besides, the driver still was on the clock.

Either way, there’s no way Wal-Mart comes out of this not bearing some liability.

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