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Teenage Traffic Fatalities Increase Dramatically During Prom-Graduation Season

Posted May 4th, 2022 by Munley Law.

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Prom and graduation season is here again, and although it is a time for celebration, it is also the most dangerous time for teens in regards to traffic fatalities. The biggest danger teens face on prom or graduation night is auto accidents, either because the driver has been drinking, is tired, or is simply distracted by a carload of friends.

How Likely is a Teen Driver to Get into a Fatal Car Accident?

In the United States, although teenagers drive less than their parents, the number of crash deaths involving teens is disproportionately high. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, in the U.S., the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16-19-year-olds is nearly 3 times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over. The fatal crash rate per mile drove is nearly twice as high for 16-17-year-olds as it is for 18-19-year-olds. […]

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PA Governor Signs New Child Car Seat Law

Posted April 27th, 2022 by Munley Law.

child car seat lawUpdated, April 2022

Over the past few years, Pennsylvania has changed many of its laws pertaining to the use of child seats. In June 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation requiring all children under 2 years of age to ride in rear-facing child car seats in the back seat of the vehicle.

The previous law stated only that all children under 4 years of age must be restrained in a safety seat – it did not specify rear or front-facing, and did not state that children that young must ride in the back seat.

The law had been updated again recently to match the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s newest guidelines. According to the updated law, children under the age of 8, less than 57 inches tall, or less than 80 pounds, are required to be placed in a car or booster seat as approved by the U.S. […]

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Posted in Personal Injury.

Caroline Munley Certified as a Workers’ Compensation Law Specialist by Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law

Posted April 14th, 2022 by Munley Law.

Munley Law Partner Caroline MunleyMunley Law is pleased to announce that Caroline Munley was certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Caroline had successfully completed the 2022 certification process by submitting a variety of documents showing that at least 50 percent of her legal practice is in the specialty field of workers’ compensation, that she has practiced in the field for more than five years, and that she actively participates in Mandatory Continuing Legal Education in workers’ compensation law and related fields. Caroline also passed the certification examination that focuses on workers’ compensation law and rules, and leading case law.

In 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Law Section as the first bar association entity in Pennsylvania to certify lawyers in the area of workers’ compensation law. […]

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What Does it Mean When You Stack Your Auto Insurance Policies?

Posted October 12th, 2021 by Munley Law PC.

car crash traffic deathsUnderstanding Stacked Car Insurance

It is estimated that 12.6 percent of motorists on the road in 2019 were driving without car insurance. That equals to approximately one in eight drivers are behind the wheel without insurance. Not only is this illegal and dangerous, but getting into an accident can be costly to all involved. 

If you get into a severe car accident in Pennsylvania with an uninsured motorist, your first concern may be how will you pay for your medical expenses. Will you be stuck with the bill? 

Fortunately, there are provisions in your insurance policy that will pay for any of the injuries you may receive. And if your underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage is stacked, then you won’t have to worry about paying for the large medical bills.

But what is stacked insurance? […]

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Posted in Car Accidents.

What Happens If You Hit a Cyclist with Your Car?

Posted October 3rd, 2021 by Munley Law PC.

Hit a Cyclist, or Injured in a Bicycle Accident? We Can Help.

bicycle accidents lawyerCar accidents involving an injured cyclist can be the worst experience anyone can have. If you’re asking yourself “What happens if you hit a cyclist with your car?” an experienced bicycle accident and car accident lawyer can help.

You may feel guilty, upset, and anxious about what happens afterward. Can the cyclist sue you for the accident? What will happen to your insurance rates? What happens next?

These are all valid concerns to have before, during, and after your time on the accident scene. Even if you were injured in the bicycle accident as well, you may be stressing over what can happen. That’s why it’s important to know what your next steps should be to protect yourself and your claim.

For over 60 years, Munley Law has been helping bicycle accident and car accident victims alike with their personal injury claims. […]

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