Were you injured in a truck accident in Hazleton? Call a Hazleton truck accident lawyer at Munley Law for a free consultation.
If you’ve been injured in a truck crash, we know that you may have many questions. Do you need a lawyer? Can you get help paying your medical bills and other costs related to your accident? Don’t feel pressured into accepting an offer from the insurance company until you speak with a Hazleton truck accident attorney at Munley Law. The personal injury and accident lawyers at Munley Law have been representing truck wreck victims in Hazleton and throughout northeastern Pennsylvania for more than 55 years. We can answer your questions and help get you on the road to recovery.
Unlike other personal injury firms that handle run-of-the-mill car accidents, Munley Law has a special focus on commercial truck and tractor trailer accident cases. Marion Munley is the Vice Chair of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group, and Daniel Munley previously served as its Chairperson. In 2015, one of our truck accident settlements was the 2nd-highest settlement in the state of Pennsylvania for that year, and the 25th highest in the country. Other lawyers frequently turn to Munley Law as the industry experts in these types of cases.
If you or someone you love suffered a serious injury in a truck crash, contact us today for a free consultation. Not sure if you have a case? The consultation is free, and there’s no obligation, so you risk nothing by calling to learn about your legal rights. Chat live, fill out our email form, or call (855) 866-5529 today.
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We represent victims of big rig accidents in Hazleton, PA
Greater Hazleton encompasses an area within three counties: southern Luzerne County, northern Schuylkill County and western Carbon County. Hazleton, PA is strategically located near many major interstates, including I-80, I-81, I-84, I-380 and Route 476. Many manufacturing and distribution companies are housed in the McAdoo, Humboldt, and Valmont industrial parks in Hazleton, as well as in the Corporate Center. The area’s top employers include an array of manufacturing and distributing companies situated in Hazleton’s industrial parks. These manufacturers ship products out of Hazleton by tractor-trailer and other large commercial trucks to reach retailers across the state and to other areas of the country. Distribution centers for various products also ship merchandise out of the Hazleton area each day on big rigs. Heavy truck traffic is typical in this area, and, unfortunately, that means a greater chance for commercial truck accidents.
Those injured in large truck crashes in Hazleton often suffer serious injuries that may require surgery, long hospital stays, rehabilitation, and even in-home nursing care. You may be unable to work for a long time, or become permanently disabled. As the victim of another driver’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to bear these burdens on your own. We can help secure compensation for your medical treatment, long-term care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our firm represents injured victims in passenger cars as well as truckers who suffered serious injuries in a crash.
With offices located in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties, we make it easy for you to meet with a Hazleton truck accident attorney. If you are too injured to come to us, we will come to you.
A Hazleton truck accident law firm will hold negligent transportation companies responsible
When a reckless trucker or irresponsible trucking company causes a crash resulting in injuries, they need to be held accountable. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) was enacted to ensure commercial trucks are safe for operation, truck drivers are properly trained, licensed and rested, and that trucking companies obey the laws. The tractor trailer accident lawyers at Munley Law have a thorough understanding of commercial driving regulations, and will hold trucking companies responsible for their safety violations.
In order to prove your case, you’ll need a lawyer to conduct a comprehensive investigation. Truck crash cases tend to be highly complex, and may involve multiple at-fault parties, including the truck driver, truck manufacturer, owner of the cargo, truck owner, motor carrier company, truck maintenance personnel, and freight loaders, among others. The experienced auto accident attorneys at Munley Law have the resources to perform a full investigation of your case and determine who is liable for your injuries.
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Tractor trailer crashes cause serious injuries
Due to their massive size and weight, heavy trucks and 18-wheelers are the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Big rig accident victims often experience severe, even life-changing injuries, including:
- Broken Bones – The extreme force involved when a truck collides with a car can easily result in multiple broken bones.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – Spinal injuries can be particularly devastating and may even cause partial or complete paralysis. Even minor spinal injuries may result in long-term rehab. Common spinal injuries include fractured vertebrae, disc injuries and nerve damage.
- Abdominal Injuries – Internal organs can undergo serious damage in a truck wreck. Internal injures may include damage to the pancreas, bladder, kidneys, liver and spleen. These injuries might not be immediately apparent and are therefore extremely dangerous. Always seek medical attention after any accident.
- Head and Neck Injuries – Head and neck injuries in a Hazleton tractor trailer accident are very common, and can range from a mild concussion to a serious traumatic brain injury that may impact the rest of your life.
- Whiplash – Some whiplash symptoms may include neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain and dizziness.
- Amputations – the force of a truck-car collision can result in the loss of a limb. Trucks are much larger and heavier than any type of a car, and in the event of a collision, a truck can do severe damage to another vehicle and cause severe injuries to the driver and passengers in another vehicle.
- Paralysis, including quadriplegia – A truck wreck injury such as this can be life altering. Paralysis is the result of damage to the nervous system and is characterized by the inability to move or the loss of coordination in one or more muscle. This damage can be temporary or permanent, depending on the severity of the injury and the type of paralysis.
- Burns & Scarring – Trucks often transport hazardous materials. In the event of a high-impact big rig crash, an explosion may result in fire, causing extreme burn injuries to the accident victims. First and second-degree burns can be extremely painful and require immediate treatment. More serious third-degree burns can require expensive multiple surgeries, including painful skin graft operations and possibly long-term care. They can leave the victim with severe scarring, disfigurement, and emotional trauma.
- Knee & Joint Damage – Even the slightest impact in a truck accident can cause serious injuries to joints. Ligament damage, ruptured tendons, dislocated knees and other knee, hip and thigh injuries are common.
- Lacerations – Shards of glass, metal or other debris can easily cause cuts and lacerations. In serious cases, this can cause permanent scarring.
- Death – Truck crashes are among the most fatal incidents on roadways in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. Munley Law truck crash law firm has decades of experience handling wrongful death claims against negligent trucking companies.
What caused your truck accident?
A variety of factors can contribute to a truck or tractor trailer accident. A Hazleton truck accident attorney at our firm will investigate all possible causes in order to get you the maximum settlement. Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Inadequate driver training: Driving a truck is a tough job that requires specialized skill and safety training. Trucking companies have a responsibility to ensure that all drivers receive proper training and follow certain safety protocol. If a trucking company fails to follow safety regulations, they may be held liable when accidents occur.
- Improper loading/overloading of truck – This can include loading cargo that is over the maximum weight limit, or failure to properly secure cargo. Overweight loads can make the truck difficult to control. Loads can shift during transit and cause a rollover or jackknife accident. The excess weight can prevent the driver from being able to brake safely.
- Truck Driver Fatigue – Drowsy driving has become a major problem in the trucking industry, where truckers may drive more than 10 hours in a day and up to 70 hours in a week. The FMCSA has put forth mandatory regulations designed to cut down on driver fatigue and to improve truck safety on the road. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for truckers and their employers to violate these hours of service regulations in order to make deliveries on time.
- Truck Driver Negligence – Negligence on the part of the truck driver, such as truck driver distraction, texting while driving, intoxication or DUI, speeding, driving too fast for conditions, tailgating, aggressive driving and improper lane changes, cause many truck accidents.
- Negligent truck maintenance – The trucking company and truck driver must be sure that the truck has been checked and is in proper working order. Trucks should be inspected prior to every trip for any brake defects, steering defects, fluid leaks, bad tires, lighting issues, exhaust or suspension system problems and cargo issues. When maintenance, repair or equipment checks are neglected, the results can be mechanical failure that leads to a truck accident.
- Mechanical Failure – The failure of various truck parts often plays a role in a collision. Brake failure, steering failure, transmission failure, tire blowouts, and other mechanical defects can lead to a crash. Mechanical failures should always be investigated to determine fault.
- Dangerous roadway – The roadway may have been negligently maintained with inadequate signage, blind curves, potholes or other roadway dangers.
Pennsylvania Truck Crash Statistics
- There were 6,916 crashes involving heavy trucks in 2015 in Pennsylvania, nearly 19 truck accidents a day in the state.
- Total crashes involving heavy trucks in 2015 were at their highest level since 2011.
- 4 percent of all fatalities from truck crashes in PA were on Interstates.
- The top causes of truck crashes involving vehicle failures where tire/wheel related or brake-related.
National Truck Crash Statistics from the FMCSA
- In 2015, 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes nationwide, an 8 percent increase from 2014.
- 74 percent of all fatal truck crashes in 2015 were a direct collision between a commercial truck and another vehicle.
- The number of injuries relating from large truck and bus crashes increased by 62 percent from 2009 to 2015.
- Fatal truck and bus accidents increased by 26 percent from 2009 to 2015.
- 65 percent of the truck crashes in 2015 involved a tractor or semi-trailer.
- 33 percent of fatal truck crashes were the result of driver behavior, such as speeding and distraction.
- 64 percent of fatal truck crashes occurred on roads where the speed limit was over 50 miles per hour.
Call a Hazleton truck crash attorney at Munley Law for a FREE consultation
We understand the physical, emotional and financial toll a truck accident can take. Don’t face the legal process alone. Our team of compassionate, experienced attorneys will deal with the insurance company for you, and fight on your behalf to make sure you have everything you need.
Remember, we do not charge a fee for our services unless we win your case. You pay nothing upfront or out of pocket. If we cannot get you the compensation you deserve, you owe us nothing.
Chat live, email us, or call (855) 866-5529 today for a free case evaluation.