Five months following a crash involving a limo bus and a tractor-trailer, it’s still unclear if Tracy Morgan will recover from the TBI he suffered during the collision.
New Jersey Turnpike Collision
According to Morgan’s lawyer, it’s unclear if Morgan will ever be “the Tracy Morgan he once was,” after the limo bus he was riding in on June 7 was rear-ended by a Wal-Mart tractor trailer. The accident on the New Jersey Turnpike killed James McNair, a comedy writer.
Though shortly after the accident the former “Saturday Night Live” star released a statement, saying he was okay and felt strong, his representatives are now saying he might have a hard road ahead of him as the result of the traumatic brain injury he suffered. “He’s fighting to get better, and if there’s a chance for him to be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was, he’s going to try to do that,” said Benedict Morelli, Morgan’s attorney. “But we just don’t know because of the severity of the injuries that he sustained and the fact that he had such a severe brain injury.”
Morgan’s lawyers entered court for a pretrial meeting with a judge in order to figure out the schedule for the negligence lawsuit Morgan is filing against Wal-Mart.
“When you have a traumatic brain injury it takes a very long time to find out how you’re going to do and how much you’re going to recover,” Morelli said. “You just don’t know. So that’s where he is. He’s still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he’s just not better. We’re hoping and praying to get him back to where he was. But the jury’s out.”
Punitive and Compensatory Damages
Morgan’s attorneys are also seeking punitive and compensatory damages for the actor’s injuries. Wal-Mart claims the injuries were partly caused by the fact that Morgan was not wearing a seat belt.