NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. Morgan suffered head trauma, a broken leg and broken ribs and is still recovering. The truck driver, Kevin Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, faces several criminal charges, including death by auto, in state court. According to a criminal complaint, Roper was operating the truck without having slept for more than 24 hours. A preliminary investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board estimated that Roper was driving 65 mph in the minute before he slammed into Morgan’s limo van on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Not surprising to see that this case has now been fully resolved with all parties including Tracy Morgan and his associated, who died in the incident. On average about 95% of all civil cases for personal injury or wrongful death resolve by way of a settlement. This is due to the risks and costs associated with proceeding to trial and facing an adverse judgment, appeals and other costly and time consuming judicial proceedings.