The high-profile June 2014 accident in which a Wal-Mart truck struck a vehicle carrying comedian Tracy Morgan and subsequent lawsuit against the retail giant have spotlighted the issue of truck driver fatigue. The 35-year-old Georgia truck driver, according to authorities, had not slept for at least a day prior to the crash that killed another comedian.
Morgan and two others were injured in the truck accident accused Wal-Mart in their suit of reckless conduct and negligence because the truck driver had a 700-mile commute from his home in Jonesboro, Georgia, to Wal-Mart's Delaware facility. That was before his shift even began. The suit notes that Wal-Mart has a minimum of nine facilities in Georgia plus others closer to the driver's home from which he could have begun his shift.