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The Nation’s Leading Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers

Semi-trucks, also referred to as tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, and big rigs, are a common sight across America’s roads and highways. Unfortunately, semi-truck accidents are also a common occurrence. According to the most recent data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), accidents involving large trucks have been on the rise for more than a decade.

For more than 60 years, we have represented drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and truck drivers who have been seriously hurt in accidents with semi trucks.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash with a semi, you will need someone on your side to make sure the trucking company is held responsible. While many personal injury law firms claim to handle truck accidents, the reality is that these cases are much more complex than a typical auto accident. If you were hit by a semi, you need to make sure your lawyer has years of experience bringing truck accident cases to trial, and has a track record of winning major settlements and verdicts for truck crash victims. At Munley Law, we set the standard in our industry for handling tractor trailer and commercial semi truck cases. Two of our attorneys have led the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group; they are also among the only lawyers in the country to be board-certified in Trucking Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Our No Fee Promise makes it possible for anyone to hire the best truck accident lawyer, thereby giving them the best chance for maximum recovery. At Munley Law, we do not collect the industry-standard fee unless we win your case. Call us today for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you.

When choosing a truck crash lawyer to protect you and your family, consider the following tractor trailer accident settlements and verdicts:

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What Causes Semi-Truck Accidents?

There is no one reason that semi-trucks crash so frequently. Collisions are caused by a variety of mechanical problems, types of truck driver negligence, and failures to adhere to national safety regulations. The most common causes of crashes involve issues with:

 

  • Braking Systems–Because semi-trucks are much larger and heavier than SUVs, cars, motorcycles, and bicycles, they require more space and are more difficult to stop. Mechanical problems with breaking systems and hazardous driving habits like tailgating and speeding can cause big rigs to crash when drivers try to stop their trucks. If the trucking company failed to perform regular inspections or allowed their vehicles on the road in poor condition, they should be held accountable.

 

  • Driver Fatigue– When exhausted truckers take to the road, the result can be deadly. According to a study by the Department of Transportation (DOT), driver fatigue causes thousands of deaths every year. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that 40% of all accidents involving trucks are caused by exhaustion, insufficient sleep, or driver fatigue. The American Automobile Association (AAA) reports that 21% of fatal crashes involve fatigued drivers and further found small sleep schedule changes can have a big impact on crash rates: drivers who got 6-7 hours had a crash rate that was 1.3 times higher than drivers who slept more than 7 hours. For drivers who slept 5-6 hours, the crash rate was 1.9 times higher. When motor-vehicle operators slept 4-5 hours, they crashed at a rate that was 4.3 times higher, and drivers who slept less than 4 hours had a crash rate that increased by almost 12 times!

 

  • Driving in Inclement Weather–Rain, snow, sleet, high-wind, ice, thunderstorms, hail, and other natural disasters create roadside hazards for all drivers. When truckers remain on the road during this type of weather, the likelihood that they will collide with another vehicle or roadside object dramatically increases.

 

  • Failure to Perform Required Inspections and Maintenance–The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a subdivision of the federal Department of Transportation (DOT), provides comprehensive regulations governing required truck inspections and maintenance schedules. Truckers and truck companies that fail to adhere to these regulatory rules have no way of knowing when truck machinery is faulty, worn out, or otherwise in need of replacement to avoid complete breakdowns and system failures, which frequently cause accidents.

 

  • Blind Spots– Unlike cars and SUVs, semi-trucks lack rear view windows and have large blind spots that prevent drivers from seeing what is directly behind their vehicles. These blind spots pose a dangerous problem that can cause collisions when drivers need to merge or back up because they cannot see the pedestrians, bicyclists, other motor vehicles, and property behind them.

 

  • Intoxicated Driving–Substance abuse, particularly the abuse of alcohol, opioids, marijuana, and amphetamines, is a major problem in the truck driving community. Truck drivers often spend weeks alone on the open road and may compensate for the boredom, loneliness, and exhaustion they feel with illegal drugs or drinking. When operators of 18-wheelers drive while intoxicated, they are not only more likely to crash; they are more likely to cause major damage, inflict serious injuries, or even cause death.

 

  • Tire Blowouts–Tire blowouts, which are essentially the sudden explosion of a big rig tire truck, can be caused by errors in manufacturing, design, installation, inspections, or truck maintenance. A semi-truck with a blown out tire is much more likely to collide with another vehicle, strike a pedestrian, or hit an object on the side of the road.

 

  • Improperly Loaded Cargo–When truckers overload their vehicles or fail to safely secure their cargo, dangerous weight imbalances in the back of the truck can result. These imbalances cause tires to wear unevenly, breaks to burn out, and freight to be flung out of the truck and onto the highway.

 

  • Driver Negligence, Including Speeding, Failures to Adhere to Stop Signs and Traffic Lights, and Misuse of Turn Signals–The dangers associated with excessive speeding, failing to stop when required, and declining to use turn signals are all amplified because of semi-trucks’ enlarged size. These dangers can cause tractor-trailers and other roadside vehicles to crash as a result.

 

What Should You Do If You Are the Victim of a Semi-Truck Accident?

Collisions involving tractor-trailers are among the most serious and harmful accidents that can occur. If you or someone you love is involved in a catastrophic truck accident, you should do the following:

 

  • Seek Emergency Medical Treatment–The rush of adrenaline following an accident often masks the pain of serious injuries. Even if you don’t feel hurt in the moments following a collision with a semi-truck, you should seek immediate medical attention and make sure to save all medical forms and documents.

 

  • Take Pictures of Physical Damage and the Scene of the Accident–Documenting the immediate aftermath of the accident scene can provide clues about the cause of the accident and important proof should you decide to pursue a lawsuit.

 

  • Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company Right Away–Don’t rely on the other driver to report the accident. Contact your insurance company and provide them with the details of what occurred. Do NOT provide a statement to the truck company’s insurance, and never accept an offer of settlement before speaking with a lawyer. As your advocates, we will deal with the insurance company on your behalf.

 

  • Contact an Experienced Truck Litigation Attorney As Soon As Possible–Truck and insurance companies are often made up of powerful corporations that employ massive legal departments. Working with an experienced lawyer who understands these opponents and has successfully navigated the complexities of truck accident law will give you the best chance at recovering the full amount you deserve.

At Munley Law, our Truck Accident Lawyers have won awards for their leadership, ingenuity, and tirelessness when fighting for victims of semi-truck crashes. If you or someone you loved suffered an accident with a tractor-trailer, call us today for a free consultation to learn the millions of dollars we have recovered for our truck accident clients and whether you have a case too.

We Only get Paid if We Win Your Case for You

Munley Law charges our semi truck accident clients on a contingency basis. What that means is the attorney is only paid if he or she wins money damages for you, the client. This makes it possible for anyone to hire only the best lawyer. It gives everyone access to the justice system and representation that is equal to the best that insurance companies, doctors and other defendants can hire. You can contact the lawyers of Munley Law for a FREE consultation by calling toll-free at 844-686-5397 today.

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