Pottsville truck accident cases involve complex issues and tractor trailer accident law requires an experienced truck accident lawyer. Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys has the experienced Pennsylvania truck attorneys you need to win the compensation you deserve.
Wegman’s, Wal-Mart, Michael’s, Big Lots … these are all nationally recognized household names. What do they and many other giant retailers have in common?
They all have distribution centers in Pottsville. Every day thousands of trucks travel along PA state highways, thoroughfares on PA state routes and roads. Areas with a heavy concentration of warehouses and distribution centers always experience heavy truck traffic on local roads that might not be built nor prepared for big rigs. Your daily commute to work or grocery stores or for doctor’s visits may put you in close quarters with dozens of these big, heavy semi trucks every day.
Truck accidents in Pottsville
With the recent influx of huge distribution centers in Pottsville, comes tractor trailer traffic. There are more than a dozen of these busy shipping hubs all over the area. Central to the local economy and key to American retail commerce, these busy centers can also quickly overwhelm local roads with big rigs.
Trucking accidents are to blame for a disproportionate number of serious and fatal injuries, and it is not hard to see why. When compared to a collision involving two passenger vehicles, commercial trucking accidents involve greater forces, greater risks, and less margin for error. When truck drivers, trucking companies, and truck manufacturers make mistakes the consequences can be devastating – and it is often innocent drivers and passengers who pay the greatest price.
Schuylkill County Passed Road Regulations Due to Truck-involved Accidents
Truck accidents due to an increasing number of tractor trailers on Pottsville Roads have even prompted some local lawmakers to develop strategies for dealing with the damage to personal property. According to this WNEP-16 news report, trucks weighing more than 10 tons have even been banned from using some local thoroughfares.
“Since we got a bunch of distribution centers north of us on (Interstate) 81, the truck traffic has increased in the Pottsville area. Whether it’s on (Route) 61 or on Gordon Nagle Trail, and sometimes drivers because of their GPS system they’re using, they can get off on roads that trucks of their size weren’t made for,” said Pottsville Mayor Dave Clews.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a tractor trailer, you need the experienced Pottsville truck accident lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys on your side.
When you contact Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, one of our experienced Pottsville semi truck accident lawyers will do a free review of your case. We will then advise you on how you may proceed, and if we represent you, you can be confident that our team will get you the recovery you deserve. If we don’t win your semi truck accident case, you owe us nothing.
Pennsylvania Truck Accidents by the Numbers
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot) Pennsylvania Crash statistics webpage, in Pennsylvania in 2020, there were more than 6,300 vehicle accidents involving tractor trailers with nearly all of the fatal accidents occurring on Pennsylvania state highways. Of the highways in PA the roads which experience a high number of truck accidents are Interstate 81, I-80, Route 61, Route 443 and Route 209.
Call (844) 602-4134, chat live, or fill out our online form right now. Our recent semi truck accident settlements include recovery of $8 million and $6.9 million. We are ready to get you the best recovery possible.
At Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, we bring decades of experience to representing truck accident victims in the Pottsville area. Our truck accident lawyers are nationally-recognized as experts in the industry, and attorney Marion Munley is the chair-elect of the American Association for Justice’s Trucking Litigation Group (the first woman to hold that title). We have litigated truck accident cases across the country, and we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients’ injuries and losses.
$32 Million Wrongful Death
$26 Million Truck Accident
$17.5 Million Car Accident
$12 Million Product Liability
$9 Million Truck Accident
$8 Million Truck Accident
$8 Million Truck Accident
$7.5 Million Auto Accident
$6.9 Million Garbage Truck Accident
$6.5 Million Traumatic Brain Injury
$5 Million Medical Malpractice
$5 Million Bus Accidents
See more examples of our case results for truck accident victims and their families.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. There are important steps you need to take in order to protect your right to maximum compensation, and there are also mistakes that you need to avoid. We can help. Our team can guide you every step of the way, and we will use our extensive experience in truck accident litigation to help make sure you receive the right compensation.
“I got into a serious accident 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
Get Help for Your Truck Accident Injuries and Losses
We represent injured truck drivers, truck accident victims and their families in Pottsville, PA and throughout Schuylkill County. Our lawyers have decades of experiencing securing compensation in a wide variety of cases, including those involving:
- Truck Drivers and Truck Accidents
- Fatal Truck Accidents
- Unsecured Cargo Truck Accidents
- Overloaded Truck Accidents
- Tractor Trailer Accidents
- Dump Truck Accidents
- 18-Wheeler Accidents
- Garbage Truck Accidents
- Tanker Truck Accidents
- Jackknife Truck Accident Lawyer
FAQs: Seeking Financial Compensation for a Truck Accident
Q: What are some of the most common issues that lead to truck accidents?
A: There are numerous issues that can lead to truck accidents, and it is often a single simple mistake or malfunction that leads to a lifetime of consequences. When we investigate your case, we will look for factors such as:
- Following too closely
- Failure to maintain control
- Driving too many hours
- Brake, transmission, and engine defects
- Defective cargo straps
- Cargo loading errors
- Inadequate truck maintenance
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Driving under the influence of over the counter or prescription drugs, or alcohol
But by far the most commonly-cited truck accident cause is driving while fatigued or drowsy driving. In our local retail driven economy, commercial truck drivers are constantly under pressure to meet deadlines while delivering items to customers and retail locations around the nation.
Due to lack of sleep, drivers may skip necessary breaks, drive nonstop for longer periods of time, and take fewer stops.
Now consider the size and mass of a large truck. Even before they are loaded with cargo, a commercial semi truck weighs many times more than an average passenger vehicle. When a car or other passenger vehicle is involved in an accident with a large truck, the truck driver usually emerges unscathed, while the driver in the other vehicle may suffered injuries that are far more serious, even deadly.
Truck Accidents are Dangerous
Every year, over 500,000 truck-related crashes happen in the United States. There are more than 5,000 fatalities per year associated with semi truck accidents. Truck crashes with the highest number of deaths include semi truck accidents with passenger vehicles.
The size and weight of flatbed vehicles, tanker trucks, and semi-trucks may lead to catastrophic damage when a large commercial vehicle isn’t adequately operated or maintained.
Size is not the sole factor.
Smaller passenger cars may be in the truck’s “blind spot” rendering them nearly invisible to truck drivers. Typically, these are passenger cars that are in close proximity to the semi-truck.
Trucks also take a lot longer to stop since it takes a lot of force to stop such a large, heavy vehicle. The combination of these two dangers makes it possible for a vehicle to spot you just in time without having enough time to brake before colliding with you.
In addition, truck accidents have very complex liability issues, many federal and Pennsylvania state regulations, potentially more than one liable party and other complications. Truck accident cases can be very different than other car accidents to handle legally.
An experienced truck accident lawyer with decades in working with the PA trucking industry and litigating truck accident cases in Pennsylvania is essential in helping you.
Q: Who is Responsible for Your Tractor Trailer Accident?
A: At Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys we know that in order to properly investigate your semi-truck accident, we must act quickly.
The first and most crucial stage of our job entails research, data collecting, interrogation of persons involved, questioning first responders and law enforcement, and investigation. The driver and trucking firm will provide us with their logbooks, any electronic (or “black box”) data, and other accident-related evidence.
We will use this information to establish what went wrong with your accident and who is accountable for any injuries and other severe losses.
Once we complete these crucial steps we may determine any of the following may be held liable for your losses and injuries:
The trucking company: Has the trucking company been disregarding important safety procedures including timely inspections, maintenance, and repairs and as a result, putting their drivers and other drivers at risk? Did they perform the necessary background checks on their drivers? Do they provide the right training?
Is the company fostering a culture of dangerous driving by allowing or encouraging their drivers to skip important safety procedures like breaks and rest periods or by imposing unreasonable travel schedules?
As a result of our early fact-finding, we can conclude all of this and more. This information is crucial to determining who is ultimately responsible for your truck crash.
The truck driver: Truck drivers are accountable to other motorists on the road.
Semi-truck accidents may occur as a result of a truck driver’s distracted driving practices, fatigued driving, improper load securing, failure to execute pre-trip safety checks, traveling too fast for the road or weather conditions, among other factors.
A semi-truck driver can be affected by any driving mistake that affects any other drivers, but because of the size and weight of a big rig, the results can be far more severe.
The truck or trucking parts manufacturer: Safe and responsible truck companies and drivers can be involved in serious and even deadly accidents if their machinery is defective– is the company responsible for ignoring safety concerns or not announcing recalls to defective parts?
Q: How can I protect my rights after a truck accident?
A: After a truck accident, two of the most important things you can do are to: (1) seek prompt medical attention, and (2) speak with an attorney as soon as possible. You need to seek treatment for your injuries, and in the aftermath of a truck accident there are several steps that your legal team needs to take right away. For more-detailed tips, we encourage you to read our Truck Accident Questions and Answers.
Q: What Damages Might I Be Owed After My Truck Accident?
A: After your Pottsville truck accident, you may be left with serious injuries, property damage, lost wages, months of physical therapy and recovery and a total sense of confusion or anger. You may be wondering what financial compensation you might be entitled to for economic and non-economic losses caused by the accident such as:
- Repairs to your vehicle or a total vehicle replacement or
- Cost of rental vehicles or other transportation costs due to loss or damage of your primary vehicle in the accident
- Compensation for any loss of income due to the accident such as lost time at work due to injury suffered as a result of the accident, lost work due to pain or physical therapy or doctors’ visits
- Direct medical costs related to injury caused by the accident
- Pain and suffering resulting from the accident
- Loss of or damage to other property within your vehicle as a result of the accident
- Cost of mental health treatment
- Cost of physical therapy following an injury related to the accident
- To discover what compensation you may be entitled to, call us for a free consultation with your truck accident attorney at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys.
Q: How much can I expect to recover for my injuries?
A: The amount you can expect to recover depends on a variety of factors that are unique to your accident, your injuries, and the impact your injuries have on your life. During your free initial consultation, we will begin collecting the information we need in order to provide you with an estimate of the value of your claim.
Q: How Much Time Do I Have to File My Personal Injury Case?
A: In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, injured parties have two years to file your truck accident claim. This might sound like a long but but in all of the rush and activity following an accident, caring for an injured loved one, making appointments and traveling for doctors’ visits, phone calls to insurance companies and more the time can fly by before you know it.
You also want to set the record straight as soon after the accident occurs. Your recollections can fade, witnesses can be more difficult to contact and gathering a record of the incident and collecting any data and evidence is always most effective when done as soon as possible.
Q: How Do I Protect My Claim Following a Car Accident?
A: What you do after a car accident is important in proving fault for your car accident case. Here are a few things to keep in mind to protect your claim:
Request a copy of the accident report. The police report will have all the information you need about the car crash. The police report will also give the opinions of the police as to what happened and who may be at fault. Your insurance company will use this information when assigning who is at fault.
Contact your own insurance company. Even if you weren’t at fault or if it’s a minor car accident, you must contact your insurance company to let it know you were in a car accident that involved injuries.
Keep a record of all expenses after the accident. Not only should you keep track of medical expenses but also lost wages for time off from work and detailed records about property damage and repairs.
Make all your medical appointments. It’s very important for you to recover from your injuries, which means you have to follow up with your doctor after a truck accident. Not only will you get the medical treatment that you need to recover but you will get a better sense of how long it will take to get over your injuries. This will help when determining how much your tractor trailer accident claim is worth.
Don’t accept a settlement offer without speaking to us. The first settlement offer is usually the lowest amount the insurance company is willing to go. Never accept a settlement offer from an insurance carrier unless you have consulted with a car accident lawyer at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys.
Q: Why Should I Call a Truck Accident Attorney Before I Speak to the Driver’s Insurance Company?
A: Getting into an accident with a tractor trailer can be a frightening and stressful experience, especially if you are injured. The trucking company’s or driver’s insurance company will call you almost immediately after your truck accident. Before you talk to anyone at the at-fault truck driver’s insurance company, you need to contact a truck accident attorney at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys. Your tractor trailer accident lawyer will guide you through the process and help you obtain a fair settlement for your injuries.
Insurance companies want to make money– they don’t stay in business by giving it away. The insurance company is not interested in making sure you receive your fair compensation. They will try to convince you to take a potentially much lower settlement.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, an experienced car accident lawyer at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys is ready to fight for you today. You can afford a top Pottsville truck accident attorney at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys because we do not collect a fee unless we recover financial compensation for you.
Q. How much does an experienced truck accident lawyer cost?
A. Only if we successfully negotiate a settlement on your behalf do our skilled truck accident lawyers charge a fee.
Before your case is resolved, you owe nothing, and speaking with one of our attorneys is always free.
At Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, we think that everyone, regardless of wealth, should have equal access to the legal system.
Our truck accident attorneys do not collect a fee until your case is successful.
We take care of all the upfront expenses.
Our contingency fee, which is a portion of any accident settlement or verdict we get for you, will never be more than the total sum you receive.
Why Work with Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys? Speak with a Truck Accident Attorney for Free
The truck accident lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys are recognized nationwide as leaders in truck accident law. No firm is more experienced, or more successful in getting 18 wheeler accident victims the justice they deserve. We have achieved more than $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys is unique in that our firm has developed a special focus on these complex, heavily defended cases. For more than 60 years, our nationwide trucking accident attorneys have gone head to head with large trucking companies to get the maximum amount of compensation for those injured by the companies’ negligent actions. We are dedicated experts in aggressively pursuing justice for our clients; each member of our firm has extensive experience in truck accident injury cases.
If you have questions and would like to speak with an attorney in Pottsville, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. To schedule an appointment at your convenience, please call or tell us about the accident online now.