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As Crash Deaths Reach 40k, Adults Drive Worse Than Teens

Posted February 16th, 2017 by .

Who are the most risky drivers on the road?

While teenage drivers have the highest chances of dying in a car crash, they are not the worst drivers. According to a new study from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety,  young adult drivers report engaging in dangerous driving behavior more than any other age group. They found that about 88% of young millennials (age 19-24) admitted to speeding, running red lights, or texting while driving in the last 30 days.

Older adults (25-39) weren’t far behind, at 79%. Among drivers 40-59 years old, 75% owned up to these bad behaviors. Teenagers? Just 69%.

Nearly half of drivers 19-24 years old reported driving through a light that had just turned red when they could have stopped safely. They appear twice as likely as other age groups to type a text while driving. […]

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Marion Munley Talks Truck Accident Investigation in Texas

Posted February 10th, 2017 by .

truck accident investigationThe Munleys are Texas-bound! This weekend, truck accident lawyers Marion, Bob, and Daniel Munley will be in Austin, TX, for the American Association for Justice Winter Convention. Marion Munley will present on car and truck accident investigation and reconstruction.

As part of a special CLE program called “Keeping the Road Safe,” Marion joins a panel of car and truck accident lawyers from around the United States. Her portion of the program is titled, “Collision Investigation and Reconstruction in Motor Vehicle Cases.” The convention brings together accomplished trial lawyers and industry experts to discuss the latest developments in specialized practice areas.

Industry Experts Share Their Knowledge

Marion, Bob, and Dan are all veteran truck accident lawyers, and are frequently invited to speak at such events around the country. In 2015, Marion and Dan reached the 2nd-largest settlement in PA (the 25th-largest in the U.S.) in one of their truck accident cases. […]

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FTC Faces Lawsuit Over Used Car Recall Dangers

Posted February 8th, 2017 by .

takata recall used carIf you’re looking to buy a used car, how do you know if a vehicle is safe? Thanks to the Takata airbag recall, it’s become more complicated than ever before.

Consumer groups sued the Federal Trade Commission earlier this week for dangerously misleading used car buyers. Last year, the FTC reached a decision with General Motors and two major used-car chains allowing dealerships to advertise used cars as “certified pre-owned” even if they had an outstanding recall making them unsafe to drive. The lawsuit aims to overturn this decision.

Consumer safety groups filing the lawsuit include: the Center for Auto Safety, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and three of its state counterparts. They argue that the ruling leaves used car buyers vulnerable to potentially deadly defects.

The matter is further complicated by the immense volume of auto recalls in recent years. […]

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Report of State Safety Laws: PA Gets Failing Grade

Posted January 31st, 2017 by .

The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety have released their annual report card of state safety laws. The report highlights 15 recommended laws regarding occupant protection (seat belt use, motorcycle helmets) impaired and distracted driving, teen drivers (graduated licensing and age-based restrictions), and child passenger safety.

Best and Worst States for Traffic Safety

The report granted states a green (best), yellow, or red (worst) rating, based on their adoption of recommended optimal traffic safety laws. This year, in a record low, only five states earned a green rating:

  • Rhode Island
  • Delaware
  • Washington
  • Louisiana
  • Oregon
  • District of Columbia

Seventeen states were assigned a red rating. The five worst:

  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming
  • Arizona
  • Missouri
  • Montana

Pennsylvania’s Safety Laws Need Improvement

So how did PA do? […]

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Tips for Sharing the Road with a Snow Plow

Posted January 27th, 2017 by .

snow plow safetyWhen snow covers the roads here in PA, snow plows come to the rescue.

Plows help make dangerous roads safer, but when sharing the road with a plow, you should still use extra caution.

Tips for Driving Around Snow Plows

Give a plow plenty of space. The plow itself can extend over the center line, so keep this in mind as you share the road with an oncoming plow.  The same rule applies if you’re behind the plow. Allow plenty of extra space in between your vehicle and the plow, as they may make unexpected stops or turns. And, due to their limited field of vision, the space directly behind the plow is a blind spot!

If you’re traveling behind a snow plow, it’s a good idea to stay there! They tend to travel more slowly than the speed limit, but the road behind the plow is likely to be safer than the road ahead.   […]

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New York’s MTA Orders Sleep Apnea Screenings After Deadly Crashes

Posted January 25th, 2017 by .

mta sleep apnea

A seldom-diagnosed health condition has been blamed for multiple deadly mass-transit crashes in recent years.

In 2014, a Metro North train derailed in the Bronx, killing four people. In September of 2016, one person died when a commuter train crashed in Hoboken. The engineers in both of these accidents suffered from sleep apnea. Earlier this month, a Long Island Railroad Train crashed in Brooklyn; the engineer in this accident will test for sleep apnea as well.

This week, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced they will begin testing all train engineers and bus drivers for sleep apnea in hopes of preventing more tragedies like these.

What is Sleep Apnea, and Why is it Such a Problem?

Sleep apnea, also called obstructive sleep apnea or OSA, is a condition that causes the throat muscles to relax during sleep, […]

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Getting Your Car Ready for a New Baby

Posted January 17th, 2017 by .

Welcoming a new baby to the family is an exciting and sometimes scary time. As a parent, you want to do everything possible to ensure your family’s safety, starting with the ride home from the hospital.

We’re pleased to share a guest blog post from auto blogger Matthew Young on how to prepare your vehicle for the arrival of a new baby.

car seat safety

Buying baby clothes, obtaining toys and safeguarding the house are tasks that most couples complete before the arrival of their baby. But you don’t want to get so caught up in those tasks that you forget to prepare your car. Taking the right steps now will allow you to transform your vehicle into a safe and comfortable environment in which you will be able to transport your baby with peace of mind.

Car Seat

Although you will take many factors into consideration, […]

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National Board of Trial Advocacy Re-Certifies Dan Munley

Posted January 13th, 2017 by .

daniel-munley-2016The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is pleased to announce that Daniel Munley has successfully achieved recertification as a civil trial advocate.  The NBTA was formed out of a strong conviction that both the law profession and its clients would benefit from an organization designed specifically to create an objective set of standards illustrating an attorney’s experience and expertise in the practice of trial law.

Along with Attorneys Marion Munley, J. Christopher Munley, and John Mulcahey at the Munley firm, Daniel Munley is part a growing number of trial attorneys that have illustrated their commitment to bettering the legal profession by successfully completing a rigorous application process and providing the consumer of legal services with an objective measure by which to choose qualified and experienced legal counsel.

The elaborate screening of credentials that all NBTA board certified attorneys must successfully complete includes: demonstration of substantial trial experience, […]

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What to Do if Your Vehicle Breaks Down

Posted January 10th, 2017 by .

car breaks downCar trouble can be a nightmare any time of the year, but winter weather conditions can make even common mishaps more dangerous.

According to PennDOT, it’s Winter Driving Awareness Week. We’ve already shared some winter weather driving tips to help you stay safe in the ice and snow. But what if your car breaks down? The first step to staying safe is to not panic. Check out the tips below in case of a wintertime breakdown.

What to do if your car breaks down

  1. Pay attention to your vehicle and assess the problem. If you notice steering problems, unusual noises, smoke, or other warning signs, remain calm. Don’t forget to be aware of your surroundings; note your location, put your blinker on, and find a place to pull over.

2. Carefully pull off of the road, […]

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How to Set a Meaningful New Year’s Resolution in 2017

Posted December 29th, 2016 by .

new year's resolution safetyAs 2016 draws to a close, we hear a lot about people’s goals for the year ahead. The most common ones are to lose weight, eat healthier, save more money (and, a lot of the time, these resolutions don’t last).  But what if you made a new year’s resolution that would benefit not only yourself, but also everyone around you?

This year, try setting a New Year’s resolution that will truly make a difference. Here are three.

Put the phone away

This may be the most important New Year’s resolution you can make. When you’re behind the wheel, leave your phone alone. Texts, snaps, and notifications can all wait, and not one of them is worth a life. Car accident deaths increased again last year, and all evidence points to driver distraction as the main culprit.   Choosing to keep your focus on the road and not on your phone can help reverse that pattern. […]

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