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Authorities looking into truck safety after comedian's crash

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve probably seen the headlines that comedian and actor Tracy Morgan was involved in a severe accident. According to reports, the driver of a semi truck didn’t see that traffic ahead of him had slowed. When he noticed, it was too late. He swerved, but still ended up rear ending Morgan’s limo, which ultimately landed on its side.

The fallout from the truck accident has been devastating. One of the passengers in the limo died and the others were injured, including the comedian, who was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. The driver of the 18-wheeler has been charged with four instances of assault by auto as well as one count of death by auto.

The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into ways to make commercial vehicles safer for the public and is investigating this crash for possible safety issues resulting from commercial transportation. Sometimes it takes a high-profile case like this one to bring the issue to the forefront of the American discourse, but these kinds of accidents have been wreaking havoc in victim’s lives for years.

Often, insurance companies and those responsible for accidents like these try to shirk their responsibility. This can leave the victim and their families to bear the burden of medical expenses alone.

In fighting for compensation for these victims, a Texas attorney could do his or her own investigation of the accident and build a worthy case. Was the driver drunk or distracted? Did he or she fall asleep? Did the truck company properly train their drivers and provide them with trucks that meet safety standards? The answers to these questions are often shocking.

Source: time.com, “Feds Probe Truck Safety After Tracy Morgan Crash,” June 8, 2014

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