As news hit the internet this month that comedian Tracy Morgan made his first public outing since last year’s well-publicized incident in which he was involved in an accident with a Walmart truck, his fans and well-wishers have been pleased to see that although he’s still recovering from a traumatic brain injury, he’s on the mend.
Although we wouldn’t wish an accident on anybody–let alone an accident resulting in such tragic results–we’re glad to see that this accident has spurred on increased safety concerns among members of the trucking industry.
According to the experts, this sort of reaction is nothing new: for example, underride bars (“Mansfield Bars”) were not in common use until an accident led to the death of Jayne Mansfield in 1967:
Many media reports claimed that Mansfield had been decapitated, but the funeral home director involved stated that her body was intact on arrival to the embalming room. Nonetheless, the sensational news coverage led the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to introduce a new safety regulation requiring underride bars (Law Firm Newswire).
Since high-profile accidents often shine spotlights on lapses in safety code (and, as is more often the case, safety code enforcement), accidents such as Tracy Morgan’s can often lead to changes for the better. If that were to be the case in this instance, we’d be happy to see some good come from this tragedy.
Also, let this stand as a reminder to practice compliance with all safety checks and requirements. We are very glad to see Tracy Morgan is getting better every day!