Looking for help after an 18-wheeler truck accident? Call our Scranton office for a free, no-obligation consultation today.
Since 1959, our mission has been to stand up for the rights of people injured in devastating accidents caused by someone else’s negligence, with a special focus on truck and 18-wheeler accidents. We are headquartered in Scranton, and have a critical expertise in this geographic area. A well-established family law firm, our accident lawyers embrace you as part of our family, and work as a team to get you the best possible settlement. We are skilled at winning suits with large transportation and insurance companies.
Call our 18-wheeler accident attorneys today. We will evaluate your situation to determine if you have a case. If you choose Munley Law accident lawyers to represent you, we take your case on a contingency basis and tirelessly work toward getting you the best possible settlement. That’s right. No upfront costs for you. We pay all out-of-pocket costs and take an agreed upon percentage of what we recover for you.
When you hire the accident attorneys at Munley Law you are in good hands. Marion Munley is the chair-elect of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group, and Dan Munley is the former chair. Our 18-wheeler accident lawyers are regarded as experts in the field of trucking law, and are regularly invited to speak at conferences and seminars throughout the United States. You’ll find us listed among the Best Lawyers in America and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.
Call (855) 866-5529 , chat live, or fill out our contact form today for a free review of your case. We do not charge a fee for our counsel or services unless we win your case.
Why is it important to hire an attorney experienced with 18-wheeler truck accidents?
Truck accidents are entirely different from car accidents. Trucking companies are You need a lawyer who has expertise in federal and state trucking laws and is familiar with the ways the trucking company’s attorneys and insurers work loopholes to their client’s advantage. For instance, there are numerous licensing and documentation requirements, regulations on trucks in terms of size, weight and routing limitations, insurance requirements and driver training. An experienced truck accident lawyer knows how to investigate each of these circumstances, leaving no stone unturned in litigating your case.
The injury lawyers at Munley Law have this experience.
How does a Scranton 18-wheeler accident attorney at Munley Law work for you?
When you are the victim in a truck accident, the best way to protect yourself and your family is to consult with an attorney as quickly as possible. There are many time-sensitive issues that need to be documented and investigated. The lawyer will evaluate your case and advise you of your rights and possible areas of compensation.
When you retain the 18-wheeler accident attorneys at Munley Law, we immediately start working on your case. Why do you need someone to start that quickly? The attorneys for the trucking and insurance companies may hurry to offer you a settlement. While it may be appealing to be speedily compensated, that is not in your best interest. Damages need to be assessed carefully, and the extent of your losses might not be clear right away. Having an experienced attorney on your side is the best way to ensure that the trucking company won’t take advantage of your vulnerable position.
Here’s how a Munley Law 18-wheeler accident attorney will protect your rights
We’ll preserve evidence at the scene of the wreck, secure the scene of the crash, take photos, and interview witnesses. It is critical to the success of your case that evidence isn’t altered, lost or destroyed. The owner of the 18-wheeler, usually a large company, along with their insurer, will visit the scene of the accident and work diligently to build their defense. With Munley Law accident lawyers on your side, you are represented by attorneys who are experienced with trucking industry safety regulations and industry standards, state and federal laws, and the insurance loopholes that may trap less knowledgeable attorneys.
Once we’ve documented the scene of the accident and completed a comprehensive review of your case, Munley Law’s truck accident attorneys will hire expert witnesses, and deal with the trucking company and their lawyers on your behalf. We’ll fight to get access to truck maintenance records, the size and type of load the truck was carrying and other records that are legally required of trucking companies. In addition we’ll acquire the driver’s history and training and the GPS and other technology records that might provide insight into the cause of the accident. We’ll evaluate all the evidence and assess healthcare costs, future expenses, lost wages, long term impact and anything else related to the injuries or losses suffered as a result of the 18-wheeler accident. We’ll ensure you get every dollar you deserve.
How much does a truck accident lawyer charge?
We work on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have any upfront or out-of-pockets costs. We get paid when we win your case. We handle all the expenses associated with your case and take an agreed upon and contracted percentage of your settlement. If we can’t get you the justice you deserve, you owe us nothing.
Sharing the road with 18-wheelers: Why trucks accidents happen and what you can do to increase your safety
When you drive on the highways in and around Scranton, you will be sharing the road with 18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles. Accidents can be devastating and deadly, especially to those in passenger cars. The larger and heavier the vehicle, the greater the distance needed to stop and the greater the momentum propelling the truck forward. To put things in perspective, the maximum legal weight for an 18-wheeler is 80,000 pounds, or 40 tons. As a result, when a car and an 18-wheeler are in an accident, it is much more likely for those in the car than in the truck to be badly hurt or suffer fatalities than it is for the driver of the truck. In addition, because cars often carry multiple people, the ratio of victims to accidents is greater than one.
In the Scranton metropolitan area, truck accidents happen for many different reasons, especially during inclement weather. Other causing include, distracted driving, congested roads, mechanical failure and heavy loads. It is critical to stay alert when sharing the road with trucks like 18-wheelers. Here are some tips on how drivers of passenger vehicles can more safely share the road with 18-wheelers and large trucks:
- Avoid distractions. Don’t text. Don’t use your phone. Don’t turn, taking your eyes off the road, to talk to passengers. These steps make you more aware of possible hazardous situations and give you more time to react to dangers on the road.
- Safely pass 18-wheelers on the left, but do not linger as you pass. Large, high trucks have a high center of gravity, larger blind spots and a tendency to sway in windy conditions. Also, in wet, rainy or snowy condition, their spray reduces the passing cars visibility.
- Don’t cut in front of a truck. Quick reactions and breaking can create dangerous situations for the trucker and surrounding cars, at times even causing a truck to jackknife.
- Do not tailgate. You can’t see in front of an 18-wheeler so if there are hazards or quick stops you won’t have adequate time to react.
- 18-wheelers need a lot of room to make a turn. Give them the space they need. Don’t try to pass while they are turning.
Keeping these tips in mind can save you, your family and your friends from injury or worse. However, if you do find yourself involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, contact a truck accident lawyer at Munley Law for a free review of your case. Call, chat live, or fill out our contact form today. Our accident attorneys do not charge a fee for our counsel or services unless we win your case.