If you were injured in a truck accident in Lackawanna County, PA it’s time to take action
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A serious accident changes everything. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA), a division of the federal Department of Transportation, 499,000 tractor-trailers crashed last year. 107,000 of those collisions caused serious injuries. 4,415 truck accidents caused at least one death. If you or someone you know collided with a large commercial truck in the greater Scranton area, a leading Lackawanna County truck accident lawyer is ready to fight for you. Schedule a free consultation with the nation’s premier truck crash lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys today.
A family law firm with deep roots in Lackawanna County, PA
Robert W. Munley founded Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1959 with a simple mission: be a voice for the voiceless, and provide all victims with equal access to justice. For over 60 years, our lawyers have worked hard to make the nation’s leading truck accident law firm in the country. Still, we never forget our founding principles. Every client becomes a part of the Munley family. Learn more about the Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys promise, the millions we win for our clients, and what it means to have a Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys truck accident lawyer fighting for you. Schedule your FREE consultation today.
The nation’s top truck accident lawyers, right in your backyard
In a fight against the trucking and insurance industries, you want the best Lackawanna County truck accident lawyer you can get. Our Truck Accident Team is the best in the nation, not just the best in PA.
Across the entire United States, top-rated Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys lawyers Marion Munley and Daniel Munley are widely regarded as truck accident trailblazers. Marion was the very first woman to become Chair of the American Justice Association’s Trucking Litigation Group in 2018, and Daniel served as chair from 2011-2012. Marion and Daniel Munley were among the first lawyers in Pennsylvania to be board-certified in truck accidents law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Marion and Daniel teach the best practices and technologies in truck accident cases to lawyers around the country.
To learn more about Marion’s tireless representation of Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys clients – at home in Lackawanna County, PA and across the nation – or the record-breaking $26 million settlement they recently negotiated for a truck crash victim, call us today.
Lackawanna County Truck Accidents FAQs
Q: Why do trucks crash in the greater Scranton area?
While there are many reasons that tractor-trailers crash in the Scranton Pennsylvania area, certain factors create much more danger than others. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) most recent Crash Facts & Statistics report, “the vast majority of primary factors in heavy vehicle failure crashes were related to tires and wheels, brakes, power train failure and unsecure trailer/overloaded.” Additionally, commercial trucks crash in Scranton and throughout Lackawanna County because of negligent actions, including:
- Drowsy driving by overly exhausted truck drivers
- Driver error, which could be negligence and carelessness
- Speeding in excess of posted speed limits
- Inclement weather, especially during Lackawanna County’s icy and snowy winters
- Drunk driving by a truck driver under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
Q: Who can be held liable in trucking accidents in the Scranton area?
In a truck accident case, there are many more potentially liable parties than in the typical auto accident in PA. Possible liable parties include the truck driver, transportation company, or owner of the truck. In other cases in PA, the facility responsible for loading the truck, or even the entity responsible for the contents of the trailer can be held responsible as well. Each case is unique, so the best way to determine who is at fault is by speaking with a Scranton lawyer for a free consultation.
Q: What should I do in the days following a truck accident in the greater Scranton area?
Immediately following the truck accident in the Scranton area, you should seek medical attention, even if your injuries at first don’t seem serious. Then, in the days after:
- Get a copy of the police report
- Get a valuation of the damage to your vehicle from your insurance company
- Keep track of all doctor’s visits and treatment you receive, and keep a journal of any symptoms or pain you experience. Get copies of all test results, medication prescriptions, treatments, and any other relevant medical information
- Keep a detailed list of any out-of-pocket expenses you incur
- Record days of missed work or other activities/events
- Never accept a settlement offer from an insurance carrier unless you have consulted with a law firm in the Scranton area.
Q: How do I know if I need a personal injury law firm to handle my trucking accident case?
As the injured victim in a trucking accident, you may be able to bring a lawsuit in northeast Pennsylvania against the negligent party to obtain compensation for your injuries. Unfortunately, you will likely face legal hurdles that will be hard to overcome without a personal injury lawyer on your side. Many victims of truck accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, and other personal injury cases never get the compensation they rightfully deserve when handling the claim on their own.
The legal process can be confusing, and the insurance companies profit by settling for as little as possible. As a serious injury victim, you may be concerned about paying your current medical bills, especially if you’re missing a lot of time from work. So a quick settlement could solve that problem instantly. But what about any future expenses? Will that settlement cover lost earning potential or property damage?
At Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, we have the legal experience as knowledgeable truck accident lawyers to ensure you receive compensation for both present and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our Scranton, PA truck accident lawyers protect the rights of our injured clients to get them the compensation they deserve.
Q: What happens if my loved one died in an accident in or around Scranton, PA?
Unfortunately, Scranton truck accidents are often fatal to the driver and passengers in the other vehicle involved in the crash. When a family member or someone you love dies in an accident, you may be too preoccupied with the arrangements and the loss to deal with what happens next. If the accident was caused by negligence from another party, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death claim allows you to seek compensation from someone whose wrongful and negligent actions cause your loved one to die. A wrongful death lawsuit in the greater Scranton area can pay for medical expenses, lost wages, funeral costs, estate administration, and more.
What do truck accident lawyers in northeastern Pennsylvania do for their clients?
An attorney in Scranton, PA with experience handling trucking accidents in the greater Scranton area will have the legal knowledge to act in their clients’ best interests. This means your attorney will:
- Discover who is at fault for your injury: Unlike an auto accident, Scranton truck accidents often involve multiple parties who can be held responsible for the accidents. For example, not only can you hold a truck driver responsible for your injuries, but you may also hold the trucking company or a third-party carrier responsible. The more parties involved, the more complex a claim can be.
- Estimate how much your claim is worth: The initial settlement you receive from the insurance company generally does not cover all your expenses following an accident. That’s because the adjuster is trying to settle your claim for the least amount of money. Unfortunately, many injury victims in the greater Wilkes Barre area don’t know how much their claim is truly worth and will take the first settlement offer they receive.
- Negotiate with the insurance company: The insurance company will do whatever it can to not pay the full amount. Its adjusters may try to bully you or persuade you to take the first amount offered. You’ll need a law firm with strong negotiating skills to help you with a settlement.
- Represent you in court: If a settlement cannot be reached, clients need an aggressive trial team to represent them in the courtroom to help overcome the insurance defense offered by the trucking company. All the attorneys at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys have experience in the courtroom and will fight on your behalf.
Q: How long do I have to file my truck accident claim in a Lackawanna County court?
The time limits for filing a case are called “statutes of limitations.” Statutes of limitations are different for different kinds of cases and every state sets their own limits and rules. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for claims based on truck crash injuries or deaths is two years. The clock starts ticking on the date of the collision.
While two years may feel like a long time, you should contact an experienced Lackawanna County truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Before you can file you claim, your truck accident attorney will need time to investigate your case, talk with experts, gather documents and evidence, and make strategic decisions. The more time your lawyer has, the stronger he or she will make your case. To talk with award-winning Scranton truck accident lawyers for FREE, schedule your consultation today.
Q: How much does a Lackawanna County truck accident lawyer cost?
At Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, we understand that tractor-trailer crashes don’t just cause injuries and tragic deaths. They cause extreme financial hardship too. While truck accident victims are recovering from traumatic injuries, they incur expensive medical bills and may be unable to work. The last thing our Truck Accident Team wants is to add to your financial stress.
That’s why Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys uses a “contingency fee model.” Under this model, we won’t be paid a penny if we don’t win for you. Unless you approve a settlement or we win for you at trial, we will walk away with absolutely nothing. Unlike many lawyers in the Scranton, PA area, we don’t think it’s fair to charge by the hour. Additionally, you will never get a bill from us for legal fees or court costs while we are fighting your case. Instead, we will pay all of the costs of your case upfront out of our own pocket.
And remember, the consultation is always free as well! What are you waiting for? Get a leading Scranton, PA truck accident lawyer to represent you without ever leaving Lackawanna County. We have offices in six locations, including Wilkes Barre and Scranton, PA. Call the Scranton, PA truck accident lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys today.