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Walmart tries to blame the victim in latest news from New Jersey

In the recent news out of New Jersey, it's been discussed that Walmart has allegedly blamed the victims of a crash involving one of its commercial truck drivers. According to Walmart, the victims, Tracy Morgan and several others including one deceased, were responsible for their injuries due to a lack of wearing seat belts. In the legal documents of the case, Walmart has allegedly tried to pin the blame on the victims despite evidence showing that the truck driver had already been charged for vehicular homicide and four counts of assault by auto for the deadly truck accident.

When Morgan filed a lawsuit in July, he claimed that the retailer was negligent in relation to the crash. The adult children of McNair, the man who passed away, are also planning to sue both the driver and Walmart for the accident.

At the time of the crash, Morgan and McNair, along with others, were in a limo. They were not wearing seat belts, the company has claimed, and Walmart has said it shouldn't be responsible for punitive damages due to their lack of restraints. In June, Walmart had said that if it was determined that the truck had been a Walmart-based commercial truck, it would take full responsibility. Now the company has taken a different angle, claiming it shouldn't be responsible for the driver's alleged negligence.

Situations like this one can be difficult to navigate. If you've been hit by a truck, it's understandable that you would want to sue not only the driver but also the company that allowed him to drive negligently. If you have questions about your case, speak with someone who understands your rights.

Source:, "Wal-Mart: Tracy Morgan to blame for his crash injuries because he wasn't wearing a seat belt" Janelle Griffith and Thomas Zambito, Sep. 30, 2014

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