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
Posted April 28th, 2017 by Munley Law.
Opioid addiction, drug use, and reliance on pain medication have come into the national and local spotlight as they claim more and more lives. A new study has illuminated another side of this issue: drugged driving is on the rise.
“The number of American drivers killed in car crashes in which drugs were detected has eclipsed those killed in crashes where only alcohol was found.”
The Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility found that 43% drivers killed in crashes tested positive for drugs, illegal and prescription, compared to 37% who tested positive for just alcohol.
Drugged driving more complicated than drunk driving
The data in this study is imperfect. The study only reflects drivers who were tested; not all drivers in all states get tested after a fatal crash; this doesn’t include fatal accidents in which the driver was not killed, […]Read More
Posted April 24th, 2017 by Munley Law.
Largest distracted driving study shows American drivers use a smartphone nearly every trip
A new report from ZenDrive found nearly 9 in 10 drivers used their phone while driving. It’s a startling statistic, but not hard to believe.
ZenDrive is a driving data and analytics company that uses smartphone sensors to collect information about driving behavior and safety. Theirs is the largest distracted driving behavior study to date. They analyzed 3 million drivers over 3 months, for more than 5 billion miles. Instead of relying on self-reporting, ZenDrive tapped into phones’ sensors to determine usage. They found that in 88% of the trips analyzed, the driver used a smartphone.
The study also ranks U.S. states by their level of distraction, mile for mile. With 1 being the least distracted and 51 being the most, Pennsylvania came in at #33.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Traffic fatalities are rising at a rate that exceeds the increase in miles driven nationwide, […]Read More
Posted April 13th, 2017 by Munley Law.
Dog Bite Prevention Week
April 9-15 is Dog Bite Prevention Week. The American Humane Association, the U.S. Postal Service, and other groups observe this week each year in an effort to help reduce the number of dog bites nationwide.
This year, multiple reports have come out indicating that dog bites increased in 2016. According to the USPS, More than 6,700 postal workers suffered a dog bite last year. That’s 200 more than in 2015. Some researchers connect this increase with the growing popularity of online shopping and home delivery services.
The Insurance Information Institute and State Farm also report that dog bites increased by as much as 18% overall last year. Note that this number may other types of include dog-related incidents – not just bites.
Which states experience the most dog bites? Pennsylvania ranks #4 in the country, […]Read More
Posted April 7th, 2017 by Munley Law.
National Work Zone Awareness Week: Prevent Car Accidents, Protect Workers
April 3-7 is National Work Zone Awareness Week. As construction season approaches, we remind Pennsylvania drivers to take extra caution when moving through a work zone.
Pennsylvania drivers are used to road work. It can be easy to take construction zones for granted and zip through orange barrel-and-cone mazes without care.
National Work Zone Awareness Week reminds drivers everywhere to slow down and take care in road construction zones. Last year, there were more than 2,000 crashes in Pennsylvania road work zones. While highway workers are highly vulnerable, drivers and passengers make up the majority of work zone fatalities.
And, recklessness in a work zone can cost you. In PA, speeding fines are doubled in construction zones. If you cause a serious injury in a work zone, you face a $5,000 fine and a six-month license suspension. […]Read More
Posted April 4th, 2017 by Munley Law.
Mulcahey and Munley Obtain Justice for Victim in Truck Accident Case
Munley Law has reached a $1.7 million settlement in a truck accident case stemming from a Bradford County truck crash in 2015. Truck accident lawyers John Mulcahey and Caroline Munley represented plaintiff Todd Williams of Oklahoma, who was severely injured in the crash.
On January 16, 2015, at approximately 10 a.m., Williams was traveling westbound on State Route 467 in Orwell Township, PA. Defendant Donald Nealis was traveling eastbound, driving a truck owned by his employer, Northeast Builder and Design, Inc. Nealis crossed into the westbound lane of travel, hitting Williams head-on. Williams suffered traumatic brain injury, multiple broken bones, and other serious injuries.
Attorney John Mulcahey notes that this settlement holds Nealis and his employer, Northeast Builder and Design, Inc., accountable for the reckless and negligent conduct that led to this crash. […]Read More
Posted March 28th, 2017 by Munley Law.
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. […]Read More