Pittsburgh Truck Accident Lawyers with Decades of Experience
If you or a family member have been injured or killed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer or large truck, contact our award-winning Pittsburgh truck accident lawyers at Munley Law. For more than 60 years, our attorneys have been fighting and winning big for truck accident victims. Munley Law is a recognized leader in the field of truck accident litigation all over the United States. No other Pittsburgh lawyer can match our level of truck expertise.
According to studies conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), there were about 125,000 vehicle collisions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2019. Many of these accidents involved semi-trucks, big rigs, tractor-trailers, or other commercial trucks that transport cargo across Pennsylvania’s roads and highways every day.
Call Munley Law today for a free consultation with one of our Pittsburgh truck accident lawyers. We don’t charge a fee unless we win. Call, chat, or submit our online form to start the road to recovery today.
$32 Million Wrongful Death
$26 Million Truck Accident
$17.5 Million Car Accident
$12 Million Product Liability
$8 Million Truck Accident
$8 Million Truck Accident/Wrongful Death
$7.5 Million Auto Accident
$6.9 Million Garbage Truck Crash
$6.5 Million Traumatic Brain Injury
$5 Million Medical Malpractice
$5 Million Bus Accident
$4.7 Million Truck Accident
Why Should I Hire Munley Law for My Pittsburgh Truck Accident Case?
At Munley Law, our Pittsburgh truck accident lawyers have decades of experience winning truck cases. We are among only a handful of Pennsylvania injury lawyers who have earned board certification in Truck Accident Law from the National Board of Trial Advocacy. We are also the only firm in the United States with two lawyers who have led the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group.
National Leaders in Truck Accident Cases
Both Daniel Munley and Marion Munley have been recognized as one of the Top 10 Trucking Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. In 2019, the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group renamed the “Chairman’s Award” in honor of Robert W. Munley (1930-2019). This is in recognition of his work as one of the first lawyers to specialize in truck cases and to treat them differently from other types of auto accidents. Annually, an attorney is recognized for advancing the goals of the Group: to educate other lawyers on trucking law matters and to improve highway safety through legal work and advocacy. Marion Munley and Daniel Munley were the first lawyers to be awarded after it was renamed the “Robert W. Munley Award” in honor of their father and Munley Law founder.
Why Do Trucks Crash in Pittsburgh?
There is no one, universal cause of semi-truck accidents in Pittsburgh. As your advocates, we will first determine and prove what kinds of factors and negligent actions led to your crash. The most common reasons large trucks crash are:
- Vehicle Failures – According to PennDOT, the “vast majority of primary factors in heavy truck vehicle failure crashes were related to tires and wheels, brakes, power train failure and unsecure trailer/overloaded.” These failures can be the result of manufacturing, installation, maintenance, repair, or user errors.
- Distracted Driving – Truck drivers spend most of their time behind the wheel. Many report feeling bored and lonely, and as a result, they become distracted by texting, playing cellphone games, fiddling with the radio, talking on the phone, eating, drinking, or otherwise multi-tasking.
- Impaired Driving – Truckers greatly increase the likelihood of a tractor-trailer crash when they use illicit substances such as alcohol, marijuana, opiates, cocaine, methamphetamine, or barbiturates before or while driving.
- Inclement Weather – Semi-trucks have a harder time steering and stopping than other motor-vehicles. Bad weather only makes this problem worse. Pittsburgh weather can be prone to harsh winter driving conditions such as ice, snow, hail, sleet, freezing rain, and sub-zero temperatures.
- Fatigued Driving – When truck drivers violate the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations regarding hours of operation and mandatory breaks and sleep periods, they are much more likely to become fatigued. Exhausted truckers drive negligently and crash into other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, or highways structures such as partitions and road signs.
Truck Accident Client Testimonials
“I’m so beyond thankful for my lawyers who have never steered me wrong and were ready to go to war for myself and my children. It has been an amazing experience working with them and I’m so thankful for them. As no amount of money will ever change what happened they made sure we were forever taken care of.” – Katy S., A Truck Accident Client
“I got into a serious wreck with a tractor-trailer two years ago, one that took me out of commission for months. The trucking company was fighting my case, saying I was the one who caused the accident. Luckily, I had Dan Munley at my side. He got me the money to help pay the medical bills and much more. He really pulled through for me and my family and I am eternally grateful to him.”
— Trucking Accident Client
Frequently Asked Pittsburgh Truck Accident Questions
Q: What can I do to protect my rights after a truck accident?
A: As the victim of a truck accident in Pittsburgh, you have rights to compensation for your injuries. However, because trucking accidents often involve multiple responsible parties and insurance companies, obtaining that compensation can be a challenging battle. Without the right legal representation, you’re unlikely to get a fair settlement. Trucking companies will usually have unlimited resources, including teams of lawyers to fight against any lawsuit you may file as a result of an accident. If you have been hit by a tractor trailer or large commercial vehicle, the best way to protect yourself is to contact an experienced Pittsburgh truck accident lawyer at Munley Law.
Q: What should I do at the scene of a truck accident?
A: While you are at the scene of the wreck, be sure to:
- Remain calm and remain in your vehicle, if it is safe to do so
- Turn on your hazard lights
- Call 911, even if your injuries seem minor
- Seek medical attention for yourself and any passengers
- Never leave the scene of the accident
- Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all parties involved, including any witnesses
- Write down the names and badge numbers of any police officers at the scene
- Take photographs of your vehicle, the truck, and any injuries on your body
- Do not admit fault
- Do not discuss the wreck with anyone except the police or your own insurance agent
Q: What should I do if someone from the trucking company calls me before I’ve picked a Pittsburgh truck accident lawyer?
A: Do not agree to make a recorded statement to the trucking company or their insurance carrier. Do not sign any forms sent to you by the trucking company and their insurance carrier. Call Munley Law for a free consultation, and we will look at any paperwork they send to you.
Q: What should I do in the days following a truck accident?
A: In the days after a truck accident:
- Get a copy of the police report for your crash
- Get a valuation of the property damage from your insurance company
- Keep track of all doctor’s visits and treatment you receive, and keep a journal of any symptoms or pain you experience. Get copies of all test results, medication prescriptions, treatments, and any other relevant medical information
- Keep a detailed list of any out-of-pocket expenses you incur
- Record days of missed work or other activities/events
- Never accept a settlement offer from an insurance carrier unless you have consulted with a truck collision lawyer
Q: Who can be sued in a truck accident case?
A: In a truck accident case, the truck driver, transportation company, or owner of the truck may be liable. In other cases, the facility responsible for loading the truck, or even the entity responsible for the contents of the trailer can be held responsible as well. Each case is unique, so the best way to determine who is at fault is by speaking with an expert Pittsburgh truck accident lawyer at Munley Law. That is why we offer free consultations to our potential clients.
Q: How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a truck wreck?
A: In most cases the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident. But, it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible following an accident. It’s easy to lose or destroy important pieces of evidence regarding vehicle safety standards and driver logs. It is best if we can get to work as soon as possible.
Q: How much will it cost to hire a truck crash lawyer?
A: At Munley Law, we do not collect a fee unless we win your case. You will owe us nothing up-front or out of your own pocket.
Contact Our Pittsburgh Truck Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a tractor trailer, we will help you recover money for your medical costs and other losses. The Pittsburgh truck accident lawyers of Munley Law represent tractor trailer accident victims throughout the country.
Contact us today. We’ll discuss your legal options for obtaining money for the losses you have suffered in a trucking accident.