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The truck accident lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys are recognized nationwide as leaders in trucking accident law. No firm is more experienced, or more successful in helping truck accident victims achieve the justice they deserve. We have obtained more than $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We are committed to getting you and your family the compensation needed to get you back to your life.
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When you are involved in a car accident with a truck, you need to know your case is in the best possible hands. Commercial truck and tractor trailer accidents can be far more devastating and complicated than a regular car crash. That’s why these cases should only be handled by a law firm with decades of experience and a record of success in commercial truck accident cases.
Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys is unique because our truck accident lawyers have developed a special focus on these complex, heavily defended cases. For more than 60 years, our nationwide trucking lawyers have gone head to head with large trucking companies to get the maximum amount of compensation for those injured by the companies’ negligent actions. Our truck accident attorneys are dedicated experts in aggressively pursuing justice for our clients; each member of our law firm has extensive experience in truck accident injury cases.
Table of Contents
- Why Choose Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys as Your Truck Accident Lawyer?
- What Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Do For You?
- What Does a Truck Accident Attorney Recommend I Do Following a Truck Accident?
- How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?
- What Are the Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
- How is Compensation Calculated Following a Truck Accident?
- How Can a Trucking Accident Lawyer Determine Who is Responsible for a Truck Crash?
- How Do Truck Accident Lawyers Establish Negligence Following a Truck Accident?
- What is a Truck's Black Box and Why is it Important After a Truck Accident?
- Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Why Choose Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys as Your Truck Accident Lawyer?
Our truck accident attorneys are recognized nationwide as industry experts. Marion Munley was the first woman Chair of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group, and Daniel Munley served as chair from 2011-2012. Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys is the only firm in the country to have two of our lawyers lead the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group. Both Daniel Munley and Marion Munley are among the few attorneys in the nation to be board certified in Truck Accident Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a recognition given only to truck accident attorneys who have demonstrated high standards of competence and integrity. Both have also 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), in recognition of his work as one of the first lawyers to specialize in truck accident cases and treat them differently from other types of auto accidents. The award is presented annually to an attorney who has advanced 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 receive the award after it was renamed the “Robert W. Munley Award” in honor of their father and Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys founder.
The attorneys at our truck accident law firm have consistently been named Best Lawyers in America (via the legal guide Best Lawyers), Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (Pennsylvania Magazine), Best Law Firms (U.S. News and World Report), and are proud members of the Million-Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. Our truck accident lawyers are regarded as experts in the industry, and we are regularly asked to speak about the latest changes and trends in trucking law at events all over the country. Let us put our expertise to work for you.
If you are injured and can’t come to us, our truck accident lawyers can travel to meet with you wherever you are located. We understand that this is a difficult time in your life and we will do whatever we can to make sure you get the compensation you deserve following a trucking accident. Choose carefully, there is a difference in truck accident law firms.
What Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Do For You?
Truck accident lawyers can handle all aspects of your personal injury claim and make sure you receive the compensation you need. Truck accident lawsuits do require a thorough investigation, the opinions of expert witnesses, and the creative use of discovery procedures after the suit is filed.
A Truck Accident Lawyer Can Collect Evidence at the Scene
Prompt investigation of the accident scene is crucial. The truck company will quickly dispatch its own investigators right after it learns of the accident to collect evidence. This evidence can quickly disappear before anyone has a chance to review it. You will need a team on your side who will save it before it fades away.
Our on-staff team of investigators will respond to the scene of an accident as soon as possible. Our team will document skid marks, accident debris, as well as oil, gas, and radiator fluid stains at the wreck scene. Our investigators will also obtain police reports, motor carrier records, witness statements, photographs, and safety logs. We will secure the “black box,” an electrical recording device that contains vital information about the big rig. The sooner you engage our truck accident attorneys to represent you, the sooner we can protect the evidence.
Our Truck Accident Attorneys Have Relationships With Expert Witnesses for Truck Accident Cases
Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys have long-established relationships with trucking industry experts and investigators. These expert witnesses can review the facts of your case and help us craft a winning trial strategy. Other experts including engineers, medical professionals, economists, and accident reconstructionists will work alongside us to put your strongest case forward.
Not all law firms have access to these types of experts. But since Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys has been helping injured truck accident victims for over 60 years, we have created relationships that stand the test of time.
Our Trucking Lawyers Have Experience Negotiating With Multiple Insurance Companies
With the evidence collected from the scene of the accident, our truck accident attorney will be able to determine who is responsible for the truck accident. Once we have established liability, we will begin to speak with the insurance companies on your behalf. With decades of experience negotiating with insurance companies, our truck accident lawyer will make sure you get the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim.
Unfortunately, the negotiation will take some time and in some cases, a settlement cannot be reached. If this occurs, our experienced trial lawyers will follow up with a personal injury lawsuit, making sure you receive a fair trial. We are one of the few law firms in the country that has faced trucking companies and insurance companies in a court of law and have come up on top.
You Need an Experienced Lawyer for a Complex Trucking Accident Claim
Since truck accident cases differ greatly from car crashes and other types of personal injury claims, experience counts. Truckers and transportation companies must comply with a complex set of federal and state regulations governing hours of service, maintenance and inspection requirements, and other safety protocol.
Our truck accident attorney has in-depth knowledge of these frequently changing laws and regulations. We will determine whether a violation of this kind contributed to your crash, and hold the offending driver and/or company responsible.
Getting evidence for your claim on your own is impossible. Demand letters must be sent to get what’s needed to prove your case. You are only able to do this with the best truck accident lawyer. Contact our truck accident lawyer today for a free consultation.
What Does a Truck Accident Attorney Recommend I Do Following a Truck Accident?
The first thing you should do after getting into a trucking accident is to seek medical attention right away. Truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries and you need to take care of yourself.
Immediately after the truck accident, it’s important that you remain calm and that you call 911. The police will need to make a report about the accident. This report will give you the details needed to give to your insurance company so the fault can be assigned later on. You will need to stay at the accident scene until the police arrive. If the truck driver leaves the scene of the accident, do not chase after them.
While you wait for emergency services, try to gather evidence from the truck wreck. This includes photos and videos of the crash site and contact information of the truck driver and any witnesses. It’s also helpful to get the contact information of the company that the truck driver is working for and whoever owns the truck.
When emergency services arrive, keep your statement brief and do not admit fault. Get the name and badge number of the police officer and follow up with the police in a couple of weeks to get the completed police report.
Go to the hospital to learn about your injuries. If you choose not to go from the scene of the accident, remember to make an appointment with your primary physician.
Do not discuss the truck wreck with anyone except the police, your personal injury attorney, and your own insurance agent; you are not required to give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company.
As a truck accident victim, you have the legal right to compensation for your injuries. However, because trucking accidents often involve multiple responsible parties and insurance companies, obtaining that compensation can be a nightmare. Without a trucking accident attorney, you’re likely to be bullied out of a fair settlement.
Trucking companies will typically have unlimited resources, including teams of defense lawyers to fight against any lawsuit you may file regardless of how injured you are. The best way to protect your rights after a truck accident is to make sure you don’t speak with the insurance company until you first speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys who will defend your rights and ensure that you are fairly compensated.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?
Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys charges truck accident clients on a contingency basis. That means that our trucking lawyers are only paid if your personal injury lawsuit reaches a settlement or favorable verdict. This makes it possible for anyone to hire the best possible legal representation. It gives you equal access to the justice system and representation of the same caliber that insurance companies, transportation companies, and other defendants can hire. Once your truck accident case is settled or reaches a verdict, we will take a percentage of your settlement to pay for our services.
Nothing is more devastating than getting into a wreck with a truck. Your injuries may be life-threatening, and medical costs can amount to tens of thousands of dollars. Your insurance may not cover all of your expenses, and you may have difficulties just trying to get back to your life. We are here to help.
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.”
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“First, I want to tell you I hired another firm for my case before Marion, I did not choose carefully the first time is all I will say. Secondly, I would like to say that I do not give the highest rating to many people or companies without earning it. I can say Marion earned it!! She and everyone I came into contact with in her firm handled my case with the utmost professionalism, as well as true empathy for my situation, while not missing a detail about the facts of the case."
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“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.”
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“Bob Munley helped me at the worst time of my life. After my crash, I thought I would never recover. But Bob Munley was with me every step of the way. Not only did he get me what I needed, but he made sure I understood what was happening with my case.”
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Truck Accident Questions and Answers
Q: How Much Will a Truck Accident Lawyer Cost Me?A: With our truck accident lawyers, you don't have to worry about paying them out of pocket. That's because we work on a contingency fee basis – meaning that unless your case is won, they receive no payment. So the next time you're in search of legal representation for an incident involving a truck, remember: We've got your back!
Q: What Does a Truck Accident Attorney Recommend I Should If Someone From the Trucking Company Calls Me?A: Do not agree to make a recorded statement to the truck company or their insurance carrier. Do not sign any forms sent to you by the trucking company and their insurance carrier. Call Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys for a free consultation, and we will look at any paperwork they send to you.
Q: What Steps Does My Truck Accident Lawyer Say I Should Take In the Days Following a Truck Accident?A: In the days after a truck accident:
- Get 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 a Truck Accident Attorney Sue 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 a trucking lawyer. That is why we offer free consultations to our potential clients.
Q: When Should I Consult a Truck Crash Lawyer?A: In most states, the statute of limitations is either two years or three years from the date of the accident. But, it is best to contact our truck accident attorneys as soon as possible following an accident. Important pieces of evidence regarding vehicle safety standards and driver logs can quickly be lost or destroyed. It is best if we can get to work as soon as possible.
Q: Why Do Truck Accident Lawyers Say Truck Crashes Are Different From Car Accidents?A: Commercial truck accidents can differ from car accidents in various ways. Not only are you dealing with a larger vehicle — on average, an 18 wheeler can weigh 80,000 pounds, 20 times the weight of a passenger car — but truck drivers need to follow certain federal regulations that the typical driver does not have to follow. For example, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration Hours of Services regulations state a truck driver cannot drive more than 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty; however, many truck drivers ignore this rule in order to meet deadlines or obtain a financial incentive from the trucking company. Other ways truck accidents can differ from car crashes include:
- Multiple parties can be held responsible: In a typical car accident, usually one or both drivers can be held responsible. But in a truck accident, there could be various parties that can be held liable for the accident, such as the truck company, the manufacturer of the vehicle, and the company that loaded the vehicle.
- Insurance policies are larger for tractor trailers: Truck insurance is larger than your average car insurance policy. This means insurance adjusters will do everything in their power to make sure the fault lies on the car driver’s shoulders to prevent a huge payout.
- Injuries are more severe: The larger the vehicle, the more likely the accident injuries will be greater. This leads to extensive medical bills, life-changing injuries, and possible death.
Q: How Long Does It Take for a Truck Accident Lawyer to Settle a Truck Accident Claim?A: It's hard to give an exact timeframe without knowing the details of your truck accident. Each accident case is different -- in some cases, the claim can be settled within a few months and in others, it can take a few years before it reaches a conclusion. But no matter how long it takes for your claim to be settled, know that our truck accident lawyer will be in constant communication with you every step of the process. If you have any questions, we're here to help.
Our Truck Accident Lawyers Weigh In On the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents
The causes of accidents with commercial trucks vary. But when a large vehicle collides with a car, another truck, motorcycle, or pedestrian, it almost always results in serious injury or death. When it is out of control, the sheer size and weight of a large truck make it a deadly weapon.
Unfortunately, commercial trucks are often involved in deadly accidents because of the driver’s negligence or recklessness. Special licenses are required to drive commercial motor vehicles. Federal and state laws regulate how commercial trucks are operated. But accident investigations show that training and regulations are too often ignored.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a tractor trailer, you may have a right to recover funds for your medical expenses and other losses. The team of trucking accident lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys has helped tuck accident victims throughout the nation get the compensation they deserve and in due time. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Common Reasons Why Tractor Trailers Cause Truck Accidents
There are many reasons why large trucks cause truck accidents. Often the reason is negligence or recklessness on the part of the truck driver or trucking company, such as:
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving (i.e. cell phone use)
- Impaired driving (i.e., alcohol and drug abuse)
- Failure to inspect tires and brakes
- Poor weather conditions
- Unsecured cargo or overloaded trucks
Driver Fatigue and How Our Truck Accident Lawyers Say Contributes to Semi Truck Accidents
According to the FMCSA, drivers are required to follow a set of regulations known as Hours of Service (HOS). These regulations define how long a truck driver is allowed to be on duty during driving time. It also specifies the number and length of rest periods.
However, it is common practice for drivers to lie about how long they stay on the road. In many instances, truck drivers are forced by the trucking company to stay on the road for as long as they can to hit a deadline. This can result in sleep deprivation, leading to driver fatigue.
Driver fatigue can be deadly to everyone on the roadway. In a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, of the approximately 4,000 fatalities that occur each year, 10 to 20 percent of these truck accidents could have been a result of trucker fatigue.
If you believe driver fatigue may have caused your accident, the truck accident attorneys at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
How is Compensation Determined Following a Truck Accident?
When determining compensation for your truck accident case, both your current and your future expenses will be taken into account. For example, if you suffered a brain injury, you could be facing months if not years of medical treatment and long-term care. You may never be able to return to work. You could lose interest in daily activities that you once loved and you may become distant from your partner. A truck accident claim should pay for all these losses.
A truck accident victim can receive two types of damages — economic and non-economic.
Economic damages will cover any financial costs that accrued after the accident. This includes, but is not limited to, current and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and funeral costs.
Non-economic damages are meant to compensate you and your family who are struggling after the accident, such as any pain or suffering you’re experiencing, mental anguish, and loss of consortium.
In rare cases, punitive damages may be awarded if the defendant’s actions were fraudulent, reckless, or malicious. These types of damages are meant to punish the defendant to prevent this behavior from happening again.
Insurance rarely covers all of the losses and expenses that result from a tractor-trailer wreck. Trucking, hauling, and leasing companies often seek to minimize payments by disputing victims’ insurance claims. Trucking firms and insurance companies often use tactics that can add to the trauma and expense of being in a commercial motor vehicle crash.
When negotiations fail to achieve adequate funds for victims, the pursuit of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit is the proper course of action. Our truck accident attorneys have won millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts, including many multimillion-dollar awards.
How Can a Trucking Accident Lawyer Determine Who is Responsible for a Truck Crash?
Large truck crashes are unique from other vehicle accidents; due to their size, injuries can be catastrophic. They are also more complicated because there are multiple parties who could be liable for your injuries. It’s not just the truck driver who could be at fault. To navigate liability – from large companies to third party brokers and manufacturers – you’ll want our semi truck accident lawyers by your side.
How Will a Truck Accident Lawyer Identify the Parties Responsible in Truck Accidents?
When deciding who to hold responsible for your truck accident, you and your trucking lawyer will want to look at a variety of different parties and people.
- Truck Driver: This one is obvious, since your truck driver may have most directly been at fault for causing the truck accident.
- Trucking Company: If the driver of the vehicle was employed by a trucking company, they could be held liable. They are responsible for keeping track of drivers’ information, including background checks, limiting scheduling for rest periods, and more.
- Third-party brokers: Many commercial transportation companies hire a third-party broker to connect them to drivers and trucks to transport their cargo. This means, if you have been in a truck wreck with a vehicle hired by one of these brokers, your truck accident attorney will want to know if they did their due diligence in hiring, as well as investigate how much control they had over the driver’s schedule and more.
- Truck Manufacturers: If the truck accident was caused by a mechanical failure or some other issue with a part in the truck, you could also widen liability to the truck manufacturer. Beyond that, if the employer or independent truck driver did not routinely get the truck inspected and repaired, they could be held liable for a faulty part as well.
Trucking accidents can be complicated, and if one or more of the above parties can be held liable, you’ll want to know. Truck drivers, their employers, and even brokers, all carry their own insurance policies. This means you could be owed compensation from more than one source. The best way to ensure your maximizing compensation for your truck accident injury is by hiring a truck crash lawyer at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys.
Truck Crashes Due to Unlawful Hiring Practices
In order to avoid truck crashes, federal and state governments have put in place a host of laws that apply to how trucks are maintained, how truck drivers are hired, and more. If a trucking company or broker tries to cut corners and not do their due diligence, it can result in an accident on the road.
It’s important to hire personal injury lawyers who have the right experts and know the right questions to ask to discover if your truck accident was due to negligent hiring practices or maintenance routines.
They will look for things like:
- Defective or uneven tire tread
- Broken brakes, axles, and more
- Incomplete maintenance logs
- Training and employment history of the truck driver at fault
- Criminal record/background of truck driver
Nationwide Truck Crash Statistics
If you are driving in a passenger vehicle, large truck crashes can be catastrophic. A truck driver’s ability to brake and maintain other safety controls over their truck is limited. The most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that fatal accidents involving large trucks have increased by 13 percent over the past year.
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety:
- In 2020, 4,014 people died in large truck crashes; only 15 percent were truck occupants, while the other 68 percent were in passenger vehicles. The remaining 16 percent are pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.
- In a truck crash, people in passenger vehicles are more likely to experience fatal injuries than those in the truck. In 2020, 97 percent of vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle crashes involving a large truck and a passenger vehicle were occupants in the passenger vehicle.
- Ten percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2020 occurred in large truck crashes.
- Where do truck crashes occur? 47 percent on major roads, 36 percent on interstates and freeways, and 15 percent on smaller roads.
- 27 percent of fatal work zone crashes involved a large truck. (FMCSA)
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How do Truck Accident Attorneys Establish Negligence?
In order to prove negligence in a truck accident case, you will need evidence that shows the truck driver and other parties at fault were responsible for the accident. By using this evidence, our truck accident lawyer will show that the truck driver and other parties had breached the duty of care, leading to the accident and the injuries it caused.
Common examples of breaching the duty of care include:
- Not properly maintaining the logbook that details how many hours are driven
- Not documenting hours of service and rest breaks taken
- Improper truck loading such as overloading the trailer
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving for longer than 10 hours without resting
This can be difficult if you don’t have the right attorneys by your side. Only an experienced truck accident lawyer knows what to look for when determining fault in a truck accident.
You Need a Truck Injury Lawyer Who Knows How to Recover and Examine the Truck’s Black Box
What is the truck’s black box and what does it track?
The “black box” contains all kinds of information about the truck at the time of the crash, from the truck’s speed to the tire pressure to whether the brakes were applied. This kind of information about the driver’s actions and the condition of the truck at the time of the crash will be crucial to your case. All trucks are different and not all lawyers know how to obtain this data on every truck – Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys’s trucking accident lawyers do.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) requires that all commercial trucks record and report certain information. A “black box” is a blanket term that encompasses the kinds of devices that record that information, namely Electronic Control Modules (ECM), Event Data Recorders (EDR), and Electronic Logging Devices (ELD). These devices preserve technical vehicle data and occupant information about both a truck and its operator’s behavior. When a trucking accident occurs and a victim suffers damages, black boxes can provide crucial information about how and why the catastrophic collision occurred.
Electronic Control Modules
All modern semi trucks contain ECMs, which track, control, and monitor the basic operations that allow a truck to safely transport cargo. ECMs record information about fuel efficiency, airbag systems, engine performance, and mechanical problems. EMCs also conduct diagnostic tests and notify truck drivers of any issues by illuminating various dashboard warning lights.
Electronic Logging Devices
To combat the dangers of fatigued driving, ELDs enable truck drivers to easily track their Hours of Service (HOS) in order to ensure they are in compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) driving limits. All ELDs are required to display a trucker’s daily number of driving hours. They must also record and distinguish between the times when a truck is parked, idling, or in motion by automatically syncing with the truck’s engine. Finally, ELDs require that before truckers begin a driving segment, they must indicate whether their status is “on-duty,” “on-duty not driving,” or “off-duty.”
Event Data Recorders
EDRs have the added capacity to record certain information in the event that the truck crashes or has a different type of accident. An EDR’s recording function is triggered by a rapid and unnatural change in a truck’s velocity–such as when a tractor-trailer operator breaks suddenly or collides with an object that causes the truck’s airbag to deploy. EDRs preserve information about the truck and truck driver in the seconds before, during, and after the collision. Essentially, they capture the following:
- The truck’s speed prior to and upon impact
- The vehicle’s precise GPS location
- Whether the truck’s operator was wearing a seat belt
- The steering angle
- Whether, when, and with what force the trucker used the vehicle’s breaks
- The truck’s engine RPM
- How frequently the truck was operating above the speed limit
- Whether the airbag deployed
- Whether the truck operator was using the cruise control setting
- The percent throttle
- The daily and monthly trucking activity
- The tire pressure
- If the trucker contacted or communicated with the truck company
Why Commercial Truck Black Boxes Are Crucial for Truck Accident Victims
Because black boxes provide objective information about how and why a collision occurred that cannot otherwise be obtained, they are vital tools for victims of trucking accidents. Black boxes can help to illustrate the events leading up to and following a catastrophic truck accident. The recordings often prove crucial to a personal injury plaintiff’s ability to prove that a trucker was exhausted, overworked, or otherwise negligent.
While undoubtedly valuable, black box data can also be difficult to obtain. Trucking companies do not automatically provide accident victims with black box information. In fact, they may seek to destroy it or they may simply do nothing to preserve it, and most devices automatically delete data after thirty days.
For these reasons, it is imperative that you contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible if you or a loved one suffered a tractor-trailer accident. That attorney can preserve and obtain the relevant data by drafting a valid “spoliation” letter to the trucking company that demands that the contents of the trucker’s black box be saved and sent to you.
Your truck accident lawyer must not only know how to get the black box information; they must also know how to use it to help you win your case. This requires an understanding of very technical data about the truck mechanics and standards, as well as the regulations on the trucking industry. It may also include hiring one or more experts to consult with or testify in court about topics like trucker fatigue, FMCSA compliance, braking systems in tractor trailers, the physics of semi-truck collisions, or the functioning of black boxes themselves.
For decades, our truck accident lawyer has successfully elicited, interpreted, and utilized data from ECMs, EDRs, and ECLs in order to win big for our clients. With this technical knowledge and skill, we recently obtained a $26 million settlement for your personal injury case. If you or a loved one is suffering from a catastrophic collision, we want to help you to do the same. Don’t wait any longer — call Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys today to schedule your free consultation.
Contact Our Truck Accident Lawyer Today
When choosing a truck accident attorney, go with one with the most experience, the most resources, and the most success. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a semi truck, you may have a right to recover money for your medical costs and other losses. The truck accident lawyers of Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys represent tractor trailer accident victims throughout the country.
Contact us now, we’ll discuss your legal options for obtaining money for the losses you have suffered in a trucking accident.
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