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Tracy Morgan seeks damages from Wal-Mart after crash

In the latest development with the Tracy Morgan accident, he and three others have filed a personal injury lawsuit against Wal-Mart. The driver of the truck that crashed into his limousine van nearly six weeks ago was employed by the retail giant. It has been reported that the driver had been awake for more than 24 hours prior to the crash, and had been behind the wheel for quite some time. He reportedly had to travel more than 600 miles from his home in Georgia to pick up the truck in Delaware before heading on to New Jersey. 

What accident investigations can reveal

The North Carolina Highway Patrol reported seven fatal accidents in the state that occurred over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. They included crashes occurring on N.C. 41 just west of Lumberton, U.S. 220 south of Madison, U.S. 21 south of Yadkinville and in Alamance County.

While the various crashes are likely under investigation, authorities in the crash in Alamance County believe that excessive speed was a possible factor in the accident. Also, the woman who lost her life reportedly was not wearing her seatbelt, given that she was ejected from the vehicle. 

What to do if you're in an accident during the holiday

We wish all of our readers a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday weekend. With more than 40 million people taking to the road to get to a destination, it is an unfortunate reality that auto accidents will occur. In these situations, it is helpful to know what to do. Because of this, we dedicate this week’s post to providing knowledge in the event you are involved in a crash.

Pull over – If you are able to, carefully pull your car into the emergency lane or onto the shoulder. You should also put your flashers on to alert other drivers (and the police) to your disabled vehicle. If you car is inoperable, stay in your vehicle until the authorities arrive. Countless accidents have occurred involving pedestrians who have exited their vehicles on a busy street or highway.

Tracy Morgan to be moved to a rehabilitation center

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan continues to recover from the injuries he suffered in a horrific accident involving a semi-truck. The limousine van he was riding in was struck from behind by the truck, which overturned the van and left another man dead. Morgan was listed in critical condition upon arriving at the hospital, having multiple broken bones.

Morgan spent a total of nine days in the hospital. His condition has improved, and he will now continue his recovery in a rehab center. Doctors say that he has a long way to go in his recovery, and it is anticipated that he will remain there for several weeks. 

Limo driver sentenced after cocaine use led to fatal accident

Tragedy struck last summer when a limousine driver allegedly decided to go on a cocaine bender prior to picking up a newlywed couple to drive them to their friends' wedding. The couple never made it to the wedding in Asheville. After the high limo driver picked them up at their hotel, the town car crashed into a tree. The couple, and their unborn child, died in the crash.

The limo driver survived and he was charged with involuntary manslaughter of an unborn child, felony death by vehicle and driving while impaired. He pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this month and a judge has now sentenced him to up to almost 17 years in jail.

Premises liability questions raised after statue topples onto boy

Few can believe the tragedy that occured in the Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco last week. A 2-year-old boy, who was vacationing with his family, died when a sculpture fell on him outside of an art gallery.

News reports state that the boy was playing on the dolphin statue last Friday around 11:30 a.m. when it fell over. He was with his parents and sister at the time of the accident, and they tried to help him to no avail. He was transported from the scene to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Pedestrian injured by flying saw blade

Property owners have an obligation to the public to keep their premises safe. Unfortunately, they sometimes fail to do so. Corners are sometimes cut and safety regulations are ignored. These oversights can then lead to dangerous property conditions, tragic accidents and horrible injuries.

Last month, a New York woman was walking down the street in midtown Manhattan when a saw blade flew out of nowhere and struck her leg. The blade gouged her leg quite severely and she was transported from the scene to a hospital for treatment.

Memorial Day weekend car accidents result in 16 deaths in NC

Losing a loved one in a car accident is one of the most difficult things a person can experience. A number of families in North Carolina are finding themselves coping with such losses in the aftermath of Memorial Day weekend--a time that is often spent with family and friends, remembering those who have passed away. A total of 16 people were killed in car accidents in North Carolina last weekend.

Before the holiday weekend, we spread the news of several safety campaigns that the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety were running to help people travel safely and curb accidents, but unfortunately it has been reported that more fatalities occurred over the holiday weekend this year than last year. Last year, 14 fatal crashes took place over Memorial Day weekend.

NC highway patrol aims to prevent car accidents over Memorial Day

Last year, the North Carolina Highway Patrol was called to investigate 479 car accidents during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. These crashes resulted in 14 deaths. In an effort to help limit the number of car accidents and car accident fatalities this year, the highway patrol and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety are running several safety campaigns.

Troopers will be out working on the "Move Over," "Slow Down" and "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive," efforts. The "Move Over" campaign stresses the importance of moving over when law enforcement is conducting a traffic stop; North Carolina residents need to be aware that they are not only supposed to do this because it is the polite thing to do, but also because it is the law. Drivers can receive $250 traffic citations if they fail to move over, or slow down when it is not possible to change lanes.

Widow sues Porsche for wrongful death in Paul Walker crash

It was national news when Paul Walker was killed in a fiery car accident in November. People were glued to the tragic story of a handsome and charitable movie star being taken too soon. Walker, however, was not the only one killed in the crash. His friend Roger Rodas, a father and husband, was driving the vehicle and also lost his life when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT crashed into several trees and a light pole.

That man's widow has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche Cars North America. The lawsuit claims that the vehicle had numerous design flaws that resulted in the death of her husband and Walker.

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