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New tech solutions for truck safety

Posted March 28th, 2017 by .

As truck accident lawyers, we don’t just handle truck accident cases, we also strive to improve safety on our nation’s highways. We regularly join with other advocates across the country in support of better safety laws and regulations. Sometimes, working toward change can feel like an uphill battle. So, it’s especially gratifying to see trucking companies and researchers voluntarily investing in safety technology that will save lives.

Artificial Daylight to Improve Trucker Health, Safety

One exciting tech solution to a serious truck safety issue is the use of artificial daylight in truck cabs.

Logging 10+ hour days and making long overnight trips can take a toll on truck drivers’ physical and mental health. It also presents a safety hazard – a drowsy driver behind the wheel of an 80,000lb vehicle can spell disaster. So,  researchers in Germany sought to counteract the effects of darkness on the brain.   […]

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How Much Will I Be Paid for Lost Wages?

Posted March 20th, 2017 by .

workers compensation lawyerAs Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers, we often find that one of the most common problems related to workers’ comp is how little people know about it. If you’ve never been hurt at work before, the claims process can be confusing. You’ll probably have lots of questions about how and when you can recover your lost wages.

One of the most common ones is: How much will I be paid for my lost wages?

If you suffer an injury on the job that prevents you from being able to work, workers’ compensation insurance exists to cover your medical bills and your wages until you can work again. In this way, workers can recover their losses without resorting to a lawsuit. Just how much you will receive, however, can vary.

Typically, you’ll receive compensation benefits for 2/3 (or 66.6%) of your average weekly wage. […]

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At Long Last, Better Underride Guards on Tractor Trailers

Posted March 9th, 2017 by .

How about some good news? After years of pressure from safety advocates, semitrailer companies are making changes.

For the first time, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has issued the “Toughguard” rating to semitrailer manufacturers who pass the new underride guard crash tests. Five of eight of the largest North American semitrailer manufacturers earned top honors.

An underride guard is the metal bumper on the rear of a tractor trailer, designed to keep smaller cars from going underneath the truck in the event of a rear-end crash. However, underride guards frequently prove ineffective, breaking or buckling in a collision. When they fail, cars slide under the rear of the trailer, crushing the cabin, as in the photo below. As you can see in the picture, vehicle occupants stand little chance of survival. Any accident with a tractor trailer can be devastating, but these kinds of crashes tend to be especially deadly. […]

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Free Motorcycle Safety Courses for Pennsylvania Riders

Posted March 3rd, 2017 by .

motorcycle safetySpring will be here before we know it. That’s why PennDOT wants motorcycle riders to brush up on safety before the season starts.

Whether you’re a newly licensed rider, an experienced biker, or getting back on the bike for the first time in a while, the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) offers courses for riders of all skill levels. The PAMSP offers free training for PA residents with a motorcycle license or learner’s permit. Learner’s permit holders who successfully complete the necessary safety course will be issued a motorcycle license.

Riders in Northeast PA can find courses in Dunmore, Nanticoke, and Lake Ariel. To find one near you, click here.

Motorcycle Safety Tips

As with driving a car, there are certain basic safety rules that all bikers should know. Exposed to the elements and less visible than larger vehicles on the road, […]

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

Posted February 16th, 2017 by .

car accident deaths munley lawWho 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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