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Going on a Labor Day Road Trip?

Posted August 24th, 2020 by kristine.

Considered the season’s last hurrah before autumn sets in, the Labor Day long weekend is almost here.  It’s the perfect time to get one last taste of summer.  Americans will be hitting the road in great numbers.  Now, that some of the COVID-19 restrictions have eased in our area, people are looking forward to reconnecting with family and friends they haven’t seen in a while.   According to Travel Agent Central,  72 percent of traveling Americans prefer to to drive this year.

Labor Day is the 5th Deadliest Holiday

Unfortunately holidays also see an uptick in car crashes resulting in serious injury and death.  Almost 400 people died last year in car accidents during the Labor Day holiday period.  The car has the highest fatality rate per passenger of any major form of transportation. There are over 45,000 injuries that require medical attention from car crashes during the holiday period.   […]

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Self-driving trucks: what does the future look like?

Posted August 19th, 2020 by Munley Law PC.

The (latest) future of self-driving trucks

As autonomous vehicles are increasingly produced, a more daring venture on the horizon is the advent of self-driving trucks. News of these developments started several years ago – what progress has the industry made since then? And, what kind of impact could self-driving trucks have on road and driver safety, as well as potential legal ramifications?

Today, autonomous driving technology is one of the most discussed new developments on the horizon.  Over the past five years, many companies have been developing self-driving technology both for cars and for long-haul trucks. Let’s take a look at self-driving vehicles and what they could mean for the future of transit, road safety, traffic incidents and indeed the wider economy.

What is “autonomy”?

Before we go any further, it is important to demonstrate exactly what is meant by “autonomy.”

The industry has adopted the following levels of increasing technological complexity, […]

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What is the leading cause of workplace fatalities?

Posted July 22nd, 2020 by Munley Law.

The leading cause of work-related fatalities

Overwhelmingly, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of workplace fatalities in the U.S. Car and truck crashes account for 40% of job-related deaths each year, according to the National Safety Council. Motor vehicle accidents are the #1 or #2 cause of job-related death across all industry groups.

Motor vehicle workplace deaths by industry

All workers can be at risk of a fatal work-related crash, whether or not driving is a major part of their job duties. Of course, some industries are more prone than others. Not surprisingly, workers who drive a vehicle as a primary part of their job including truck drivers, delivery drivers, and first responders face the highest risk. Consider the fact that one in three long-haul truck drivers have experienced a serious crash during their career. Motor vehicle accidents were responsible for half of workplace fatalities in the gas and oil extraction industry and 46% of work-related deaths for EMS first responders. […]

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National Trucking Law Award Renamed in Honor of Robert W. Munley

Posted July 15th, 2020 by Munley Law.

Marion and Daniel Munley receive national trucking law award renamed in honor of their father and Munley Law founder, Robert W. Munley

Marion Munley and Daniel W. Munley received the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Trucking Litigation Group’s “Robert W. Munley Award” on Sunday July 12 during the AAJ’s virtual Annual Convention.  Formerly the “Chairman’s Award,” the award was renamed this year in honor of the late Robert W. Munley (1930-2019). The award is presented annually by the Chair of the Trucking Litigation Group to an attorney who has done extraordinary work to further the group’s objectives: educating other lawyers on trucking law matters and contributing to the improvement of highway safety through legal work and advocacy.

A trucking law pioneer

Attorney Jeanmarie Whalen, a partner at the Florida firm Domnick, Cunningham and Whalen and immediate past chair of the Trucking Litigation Group, […]

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Who is to blame? Potential defendants in a truck case

Posted June 22nd, 2020 by Munley Law.

In a truck accident case, who can be held responsible?

If you were hurt in an accident that involved a semi-truck, tractor-trailer, dump truck, big rig, garbage truck, or another large commercial vehicle, you may be wondering whether you can file a lawsuit and who you should sue.

To determine exactly which parties are appropriate to name as defendants in your case, you should consult with an experienced truck accident lawyer about the specific details of your accident and injuries. A lawyer will examine the facts of your case and identify all possible sources of recovery – including some you might not be aware of.

The following are common defendants for claims involving catastrophic truck accidents:

 

  • Truck Drivers – If a truck driver was at fault for the accident that caused your injuries, […]

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