Helping Tractor Trailer Accident Victims Since 1959
Tractor trailer accidents can be a life-altering event. If you have suffered serious injuries after being hit by a tractor trailer, an experienced tractor trailer accident lawyer can help you on the road to recovery.
Since 1959, truck accident victims have turned to Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys for help. The truck accident lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys have built a national reputation as tough fighters who get maximum results for our clients. We have consistently been named among the Best Lawyers in America, and we have earned AV-Preeminent designations and Platinum-Level Client Champion ratings from Martindale-Hubbell. Our veteran truck accident attorneys are frequently asked to speak on trucking issues at educational seminars all over the United States. If you or someone you love need legal help after a tractor trailer crash, we are here to help. Contact us for a free consultation and we will put an experienced truck accident attorney to work for you.
What Makes Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys’s Truck Accident Attorneys Unique
Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys is the only law firm in the United States with two lawyers who have served as chair of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group; Daniel Munley served as chair from 2011-2012 and in 2018 Marion Munley became the first woman to lead this elite group. Marion and Daniel Munley are both board-certified in Trucking Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and they both are named among the National Trial Lawyers “Trucking Trial Lawyers Top Ten.” In short, they are the legal profession’s leading injury lawyers nationwide. They earned this recognition through decades of experience and tens of millions of dollars won in settlements and verdicts.
Many law firms claim to handle truck accident cases but none can claim the in-depth knowledge and track record of results that the Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys trucking team has.
Tractor Trailer Accidents Require Thorough Investigation
Tractor trailer accidents require immediate, thorough investigation. Only an experienced lawyer will know what questions to ask and how to find the answers.
The investigation may include the accident scene, the truck, your vehicle, the trucker’s log books, and the transportation company’s records. We will also seek the opinions of experts, eye-witnesses, and re-constructionists. In this endeavor, time is of the essence. The trucking company will have its own team of investigators dispatched immediately. You need investigators who will work for you and document favorable evidence. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can act to preserve critical evidence.
Because we have devoted decades to this unique practice area, we have all the necessary resources to build a winning case for you. Our truck accident attorneys work closely with experts who have extensive knowledge of the trucking industry, engineering, accident reconstruction, life care planning, economics, and medicine.
An Experienced Accident Lawyer Will Hold the Trucking Company Responsible
Immediately after your tractor trailer accident, you need an experienced lawyer who will:
- Protect your rights
- Investigate, document, and preserve critical evidence
- Obtain the black box and electronic data
- Help you pay your medical bills and recover lost wages
- Answer your questions and guide you through the legal process
Experience counts when it comes to truck accident cases. Truck drivers and their trucking companies must comply with a vast array of federal and state laws and regulations. These laws and regulations govern controlled substance and alcohol use, proper loading and tie-down requirements, maintenance and inspection procedures, licensing and driver qualifications, hours of service and much more. Our attorneys have advanced knowledge of these regulations, and can determine whether a violation contributed to your accident. By obtaining the tractor trailer’s black box, the trucker’s cell phone(s), and the trucking company records, we will build a complete picture of what led to your crash. Gathering, analyzing, and interpreting this specialized information will also allow us to pursue EVERY possible source of insurance and recovery for you.
If you need a truck accident lawyer, rely on our experienced team. We represent drivers, passengers, truckers, bikers, and pedestrians who have suffered injury or the loss of a loved one because of a tractor trailer crash.
Call or contact us online for a free consultation. If you are injured or unable to travel, we will come to you wherever you are located.
If I’m Hit By a Tractor Trailer, Who Can I Sue?
The truck driver may be held responsible for a tractor trailer accident. However, more often than not, the case will involve other parties. A wide range of actors may be named as defendants to a tractor-trailer collision lawsuit, including the:
- Truck Driver
- Trucking Company
- Parent Company of the Trucking Company
- Manufacturer of Truck Parts
- Commercial Truck Owner
- Third Party Maintenance and Service Company
- Driver(s) and Owner(s) of Other Motor-Vehicles Involved in the Crash
- Automobile Insurance Companies
Experienced truck accident attorneys–like our team at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys–rely on the specific details of each case to decide who will be the best plaintiff(s) to bring a claim and which defendants should be named in order to obtain the full recovery that a tractor-trailer accident victim deserves.
What Caused Your Tractor Trailer Accident?
In building your case, one of the primary questions we must answer is: How did this accident happen? Many times, what we discover is that it really wasn’t an “accident” at all, but a series of negligent behaviors, company policies, and failures that led to the inevitable. Too often, we find that the crash responsible for your injuries or the loss of your loved one could have been prevented. Common causes of tractor trailer crashes include:
Truck driver fatigue: Truck drivers have tough jobs requiring long hours behind the wheel, often overnight or in the early morning. Due to the nature of their work and the lifestyle associated with long haul trucking, many tractor trailer drivers develop sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that prevents restful sleep and causes excess fatigue during waking hours. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration governs how long truck drivers can stay on the job before taking a break to sleep, but there are many instances in which truckers will exceed the maximum allowable shift in order to get paid. As a result, drivers become less alert and may even doze off at the wheel – while driving an 80,000lb vehicle down the highway.
Driver distraction: Distraction in the form of technology, communication, food, navigation, and more has become one of the leading causes of traffic accidents for all drivers. We have seen drivers distracted by texts, social media, sports games, phone and video calls, and even movies while driving. If a distracted driver caused your crash, we have the experience and the resources to prove it and to get you justice.
Transportation company hiring and training practices: If transportation companies fail to hire and train safe drivers, they may be responsible when one of their employees causes harm in a tractor trailer crash. Negligent hiring practices include failing to do background checks, hiring drivers with false or expired licenses, failing to properly train employees on safe practices and company policies, and more.
Trucking company negligence: Aside from their hiring and training practices, trucking companies may engage in other forms of negligent behaviors that put truckers and the public at risk. They may fail to ensure their vehicles are in proper working order. They may turn a blind eye when their employees break safety protocols. They may even put pressure on their own drivers to ignore hours of service limits or other regulations in order to make deliveries on time. Over the years, we have seen numerous instances when trucking companies lacked policies to protect their drivers and the public or failed to enforce these policies, putting lives at risk.
Mechanical failure: If trucks are not properly inspected, maintained, and repaired, they pose a danger to their driver and to everyone else on the road. Brake failure, tire blowouts, electrical problems, and other mechanical issues can cause deadly wrecks. If transportation companies fail to maintain their vehicles or falsify inspection records, they must be held accountable.
Reckless driving, or driving while intoxicated: Speed is among the top contributing factors to deadly crashes. Other reckless, negligent behaviors such as failing to use turn signals, driving too fast for the road conditions, tailgating, or driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are all unacceptable. Our investigation of your crash will look to identify any of these behaviors that may have played a part in the accident.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Experienced Attorney?
At Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, we operate on a contingent fee basis. A contingent fee protects you from any financial risk associated with your case. With us as your lawyers, you don’t pay anything upfront or out of your own pocket. We put forth all of the costs and expenses for your case and if we don’t win you a settlement or verdict, you owe us nothing.
Truck accident cases can be complex and hiring the right experts can be expensive. We cover all of those costs and only collect our fee and costs if we win your case. That means you can afford to hire the best tractor trailer accident lawyer in the industry who will get you the maximum recovery possible.
Call For a Free Consultation Today
Our team of truck accident lawyers and experienced legal staff are ready to get to work for you today. The road to recovery begins with a free, confidential consultation. Call, chat, or fill out our online form today.