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Are you a distracted driver?

Posted December 12th, 2017 by Munley Law.

Distracted driving  leads to crashes

dui car accidentStatistics show that traffic fatalities are on the rise. Distracted driving is a contributing factor in many car and truck accidents. In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 injured in vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, according the Department of Transportation. A driver who texts or uses another device while driving is making a dangerous, possibly deadly choice.

Are you a distracted driver?

If you don’t text and drive, that’s great! That one simple choice can help make the roads safer for everyone and keep you ou of harm’s way. But, what about other distractions?

Distracted driving is considered any activity that takes attention away from driving. This not only includes texting or talking on your phone, but using other devices as well, such as programming your GPS while driving or browsing through radio stations. […]

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Parking lot accidents spike during the holiday season

Posted December 8th, 2017 by Munley Law.

parking lot accidentFrom now until the end of December, holiday shoppers will be out in full force. In the midst of the hustle and bustle, drivers and pedestrians are more distracted than ever, especially in parking lots and garages. The PA personal injury lawyers at Munley Law want to remind everyone to slow down and take care as you run your holiday errands this season.

Parking lot car crashes and pedestrian accidents

Many drivers tend to be less cautious when navigating a parking lot than out on the open road. In a National Safety Council poll, more than half of respondents said they would be likely to talk on the phone, text, program their GPS, use social media, and even check email when driving through a parking lot or parking structure. Add to that the distraction of to-do lists, the impatience and frustration of crowded shopping centers, […]

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The race for driverless truck and car technology

Posted December 1st, 2017 by Munley Law.

driverless car and truckDriverless vehicles are being tested on roads right now. The LA Times  published that in a race to embrace driverless vehicles, Washington has cleared away regulatory hurdles for automakers and brushed aside consumer warnings about the risk of crashes and hacking. The NHTSA earlier this year published a voluntary  policy on automated driving systems and said it is working on more policy. Basically, the industry is left to regulate itself.

Tesla’s new electric semi truck unveiled

Last week Tesla introduced a fully electric semi truck. The truck is equipped with Enhanced Autopilot, the second generation of Tesla’s semi-autonomous technology. It’s equipped with automatic braking, lane keeping, and lane departure warnings.

Pennsylvania personal injury firms such as Munley Law are concerned that enough testing is done on autonomous semi trucks before they are introduced onto public roadways. While the electric truck business is still in the early stages and won’t be prevalent for years, […]

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Lawsuits claim Roundup weed killer causes cancer

Posted October 25th, 2017 by Munley Law.

Lawsuits Allege: Roundup Weed Killer Linked to Cancer

roundup cancer lawsuitHundreds of lawsuits allege that Roundup, a popular weed killer used on everything from crops to home gardens, has caused cancer in those exposed to it. They also claim that the makers of Roundup knew about the cancer risk, and failed to warn consumers.

Specifically, plaintiffs claim that exposure to Roundup increases the risk of:

  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) including B-cell and T-cell lymphoma
  • Leukemia

The main ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is the most widely used herbicide in the world.

Monsanto Misstates Research Findings

The lawsuits also allege that chemical giant Monsanto deceived consumers about the safety of their product. Though it is marketed as safe enough to use around pets and humans, studies have found that Roundup potentially very harmful to humans.  Court documents of Monsanto records and correspondence suggest that Monsanto worked with federal regulators at the EPA to manipulate the research and findings regarding the safety of glyphosate. […]

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Your Chances of Hitting a Deer in Pennsylvania

Posted October 9th, 2017 by Munley Law.

Pennsylvania Drivers’ Chances of Hitting a Deer Increase This Year

hitting a deer in paFor the second year in a row, PA is the #3 state in the U.S. for deer collisions. Pennsylvania drivers’ chances of hitting a deer? 1 in 63. That’s up 6% from last year.

The annual report from State Farm looks at auto insurance claims data and Federal Highway Administration data to calculate drivers’ risk of a car accident involving a deer, elk, or moose in the road. It will come as no surprise to Pennsylvania drivers that PA has topped the list for years.

Additional risk factors

October marks the beginning of deer mating season, which continues through December. During this time, the risk of hitting a deer doubles.

The hours around dawn and dusk are the most dangerous times of day for deer collisions. […]

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Dan Munley attends IIHS tractor trailer crash test

Posted September 1st, 2017 by Munley Law.

Allentown Distracted Driving LawyerMunley trucking team invited to IIHS crash test

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, Atty. Daniel W. Munley along with paralegal, Jerome Levans, attended a crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Each year, thousands of people are either killed or injured when a passenger vehicle collides with the side of a tractor-trailer.  When a tractor-trailer is hit from the side, the advanced safety features of the passenger vehicle are not triggered because the passenger vehicle’s windshield is the first thing that comes into contact with the trailer. Hundreds of people die in crashes like these every year.

The IIHS crash tested the “Angel Wing” underride guard from Airflow Deflector, Inc. They are designed to prevent passenger vehicles from going underneath the tractor-trailer during a side-impact crash.  Instead, the passenger vehicle’s front bumper will strike the Angel Wing, […]

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Pennsylvania’s New DUI Law Goes Into Effect

Posted August 30th, 2017 by Munley Law.

dui car accidentWhat is the new DUI law in PA?

A new DUI law goes into effect in Pennsylvania this week, placing different restrictions on first-time DUI drivers.

Under the new law, first-time offenders will have to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. Previously, ignition interlocks were only required after two or more offenses; first-time offenders would instead face a license suspension of one year.

What is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device is essentially a breathalizer that will prevent a car’s engine from starting until the driver blows into a tube to indicate that they are not under the influence. If the device detects alcohol, the vehicle will not start.

Those in favor of the new law say that the ignition interlock will be more effective in preventing drunk driving accidents and deaths, while still allowing offenders to keep their license active. […]

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After a Car Accident: How to Obtain a Police Report

Posted August 28th, 2017 by Munley Law.

car accident police reportOne of the first things you must do after a car accident is to obtain a copy of the police report.

If you have never been in a serious car accident or truck accident before, you may not know how to go about this. You’re fielding calls from the insurance companies, making doctors appointments, and maybe even arranging to take time off of work. It can be an overwhelming time. But the police report will have vital information that you will need in order to receive fair compensation for your injuries.

How do I get a police report?

To get a copy of your accident report, contact the police department that reported to your accident and submit a request. The application to obtain a copy of the police report can usually be done in person, via mail or online via the police department website, […]

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Truck Accident on I-81 in Wilkes-Barre

Posted August 24th, 2017 by Munley Law.

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Tractor trailer crash on I-81 in Wilkes-Barre – a truck accident lawyer’s perspective

A truck accident near the Highland Park Boulevard exit in Wilkes-Barre, PA this morning shut down Interstate 81 when one tractor trailer rear-ended another at around 4 a.m. One driver was trapped inside his truck and was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries.

Truck accident lawyer and former chairman of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group Dan Munley notes the significance of the time of the crash: “Leading indicators show that at the time of the crash, the truck driver would have been at an increased risk for a fatigue-related accident.” A complete investigation will determine whether fatigue played a role in this case.

The human body operates on a 24-hour cycle, during which we are programmed to need rest at certain times of day. […]

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Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers From Munley Law Named Best Lawyers 2018

Posted August 17th, 2017 by Munley Law.

best lawyers 2018The Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at Munley Law are pleased to announce that all six of our partners have been recognized in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 58,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed;  inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers  of Munley Law have appeared in the Best Lawyers in America directory since its inception.  […]

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