A June 2014 truck accident on the New Jersey Turnpike involving comedians Tracy Morgan and James McNair made national headlines for months because of the severity of the crash and the potential liability on the part of retail giant Walmart. Now, that accident has led to a $10 million settlement. The children of McNair, who was killed in the accident, will receive payments every month of increasing amounts for the rest of their lives.
The settlement had been reported earlier this year, but the specific dollar figure was not made public until recently. According to the Associated Press, McNair’s children, Jamel, 26, and Denita, 19, will receive monthly payments starting at $3,000 and increasing each month for the rest of their lives.
The accident reportedly occurred when a Walmart truck rammed into a limousine bus carrying the two comedians, who were returning home from a comedy show they were performing at in Delaware. Morgan sustained a significant brain injury in the accident. Walmart initially attempted to fight against liability by arguing that the comedians were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
Morgan still has a separate lawsuit in progress against Walmart. Kevin Roper, the driver of the Walmart truck in the accident, has been attempting to delay the claim, stating that the details could have a negative impact on a criminal case in which he’s also involved.
If you have been injured in an Illinois car accident and believe another party was at fault, you may need to seek compensation. To learn more, call Arami Law in Chicago at (312) 212-1397 or contact us online.
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