Posted July 24th, 2017 by Munley Law.
Marion Munley achieves a major milestone in her career as a truck accident lawyer
Marion Munley has been named Chair-Elect of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group; she will be the first woman in the association’s history to lead the Trucking Litigation Group.
In a field dominated by men, Marion Munley has established a reputation as a titan of trucking litigation. For more than 30 years, Marion has helped individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic injuries and devastating loss in accidents involving commercial trucks and tractor trailers. Over the course of her career, she has won millions of dollars for victims and their families, and helped shape the laws governing trucking industry safety.
Marion is the second Munley Law partner to lead the TLG; her brother Daniel Munley previously served as chairperson of the group. The Trucking Litigation Group provides its members with the tools and resources they need to successfully litigate trucking cases and remain abreast of important developments in trucking laws. […]Read More
Posted July 18th, 2017 by Munley Law.
Who doesn’t want safer trucks? Weighing 80,000 lbs and driven by truckers too often pushed to their physical and mental limits, a tractor trailer barreling down the highway at 70+ mph can cause unimaginable damage in an accident. Still, potentially life-saving measures
Leading the fight for safer trucks are the people who know too well the devastation these vehicles can cause — the parents of children killed in tractor trailer collisions. Their mission has become to improve safety regulations that can save lives and prevent other families from experiencing the unnecessary loss that they have. However, even when the benefits are obvious and the costs minimal, truck safety regulations stall.
Two mothers have devoted their lives to advocating for better underride guards after their children were killed in underride crashes. Marianne Karth and Lois Durso both lost their daughters in crashes involving tractor trailers. […]Read More
Posted June 29th, 2017 by Munley Law.
Injured workers in Pennsylvania: If you underwent an IRE (impairment rating evaluation or exam) you may be entitled to additional benefits. Contact Munley Law to learn how the PA Supreme Court decision affects you.
The recent PA Supreme Court decision in Protz v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Derry Area School District) may affect Pennsylvania workers who have received disability benefits.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling on IRE process may entitle injured workers to additional benefits
Since 1996, employers could require injured workers to undergo impairment rating evaluations or IREs after two full years of receiving total disability benefits. Under Section 306(a.2) of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, IRE physicians used the most recent edition of the American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment to calculate an impairment percentage. If a patient was deemed less than 50% impaired, […]Read More
Posted June 15th, 2017 by Munley Law.
Choosing the right personal injury lawyer
When you find yourself in need of legal advice or representation, it can be hard to know where to begin. You may never have had to seek a lawyer before. You may be unfamiliar with how the legal system works, or whether you even have a case. With so many lawyers to choose from, how do you know who you can trust? How do you know who will get the best results? We have some advice on how to choose the right personal injury lawyer for your unique case.
Not all law firms are created equal. In fact, your choice of personal injury lawyer can make all the difference in the success of your case. When you’ve been injured, or lost a loved one in a tragic accident, you want to know that your case is in the right hands. […]Read More
Posted June 6th, 2017 by Munley Law.
New iPhone feature “Do Not Disturb” helps you be a better driver
This week at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Apple introduced its new operating system, iOS 11, available this fall. Among the many new features, there’s one we’re particularly excited about. The “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature can detect when you’re driving, and silence notifications and disable certain apps that may tempt you to look at your phone.
Here’s how it works
When the phone is connected to your car via Bluetooth or a cable, it detects that the car is moving, turning on the feature will mute notifications, texts, and updates and lock your phone screen to deter you from using unnecessary apps behind the wheel. If you still have anxiety about letting calls and messages go unanswered, you can set up an auto-reply for your favorite contacts. […]Read More
Posted May 26th, 2017 by Munley Law.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summer driving and road trip season.
As you plan your summer travels, bear in mind that the summer is the most dangerous time of year to drive. Teenagers face an increased crash risk in the summer months, also known as the “100 deadliest days” beginning after prom and graduation. The overall highway fatality rate peaks in the summer as well. We’ve gathered some essential safety tips and reminders to help keep your summer travels accident-free.
Summer months are the most dangerous for driving
A study by Michelin revealed that most drivers worry less about car accidents in the warmer months. In winter, adverse weather conditions draw our attention to the possibility of a crash. But in the summer, clear road conditions and pleasant weather can lull drivers into a false sense of security. […]Read More
Posted May 17th, 2017 by Munley Law.
Truck drivers face high risk for sleep apnea
Trucking companies may more frequently screen their drivers for sleep apnea in an effort to combat drowsy driving accidents.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder that causes breathing to start and stop during sleep, leading to less restful sleep and increased drowsiness. For drivers, especially truckers, bus drivers, or train engineers, drowsiness can become deadly.
Why test truck drivers for sleep apnea?
Truck drivers’ concern with sleep apnea is twofold. Their profession makes them both more likely to develop sleep apnea, and more at risk of death from its effects.
Driving a truck involves sitting for long periods of time, eating at truck stops along the road, and irregular sleeping schedules. Factors that can contribute to sleep apnea include obesity, smoking, bad diet, and poor sleep habits. […]Read More
Posted May 15th, 2017 by Munley Law.
Munley Law: Six Super Lawyers and a Rising Star
We’re pleased to announce that once again the personal injury lawyers at Munley Law have been included in the annual list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.
Only 5% of the attorneys in Pennsylvania earn this title. For more than a decade, the Munley lawyers have earned a spot on the Super Lawyers list. This year, we’re thrilled to announce that our own Katie Nealon has been named a Rising Star. Super Lawyers Rising Stars must be under the age of 40 and in practice for less than 10 years. This list is highly selective; only 2.5% of the young lawyers in Pennsylvania make the cut.
Robert W. Munley, Sr., Personal Injury – General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury; Products: Plaintiff
Marion K. Munley, Personal Injury – General: Plaintiff, […]Read More
Posted May 10th, 2017 by Munley Law.
First-Ever Side Underride Crash Tests
A new crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows exactly how side underride guards on tractor trailers can mean the difference between life and death.
A side underride crash occurs when a passenger vehicle collides with the side of a trailer or heavy truck. The results are grisly. The impact can shear the top of the smaller vehicle and kill the occupants.
The IIHS has long been measuring rear-underride guard effectiveness, but this is the first test of side guards. Researchers ran two midsize cars into the sides of two semi-trailers at 35 mph. One trailer was equipped with a fiberglass side panel, and the other with the “AngelWing” underride protector from Airflow Deflector, Inc.
Tractor Trailer Side Underride Guard Test Results:
Fiberglass panel – As the above photo shows, […]Read More
Posted May 5th, 2017 by Munley Law.
In America’s deadliest industry, construction workers say safety takes a back seat
A recent National Safety Council survey found that more than half of construction workers (58%) perceive that safety takes a back seat to productivity on their job sites.
To gauge employee perceptions about workplace safety, the NSC interviewed 2,000 American workers across 14 industries.
Of construction workers surveyed, 51% say management does the bare minimum when it comes to safety; 47% say they’d feel afraid to report a safety issue. These numbers are alarming, especially considering the fact that construction has more workplace fatalities than any other industry in the U.S.
No worker should feel stuck between losing their job, or losing their life. Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health said,“When workers can’t speak up, […]Read More