Wilkes-Barre tractor trailer accident victims turn to Munley Law for help. Schedule a free consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.
An accident with a tractor trailer can be devastating. As the injured victim, you need the help of an experienced truck accident lawyer to get fair compensation for your losses. The attorneys at Munley Law have a history of winning tractor trailer accident cases in Northeast Pennsylvania and beyond. We represent injured drivers, passengers, truckers, motorcycle riders and pedestrians. Call (855) 866-5529, chat now or submit our online form for a free review of your case.
If you hire a tractor trailer accident attorney at Munley Law you will have no upfront costs. We work on contingency and we don’t get paid until we win your case. We handle all out-of-pocket expenses so that cost will never stand in the way of your recovery.
What a tractor trailer accident attorney at Munley Law will do for you
An at-fault trucking company or their insurer will try to quickly and cheaply settle your case. They are motivated to move fast before you have found the right legal representation. Why? Because without an experienced tractor trailer lawyer representing your interests, a trucking company can usually get away with spending less money and getting a cheaper settlement.
As your attorneys, we will make sure that doesn’t happen to you. We document the scene of the accident and interview any witnesses. We contact the trucking company and their insurer with legal requests to preserve any evidence from your accident. It is imperative that evidence is not altered, misplaced or destroyed. We work with forensic experts to detail and document the accident. We work with you and your care team to estimate all present and future costs associated with the accident including medical, loss of wages, loss of work, equipment and adaptations that may be required as a result of your accident.
Once we have the evidence we develop a strategy and prepare your case. We hire expert witnesses and do everything possible to build a winning case.
There are many personal injury lawyers. Why should you hire a truck accident lawyer at Munley Law?
With so many personal injury law firms to choose from, it can be hard to tell the difference between them. The fact is that not all law firms are created equal, especially when it comes to truck accident cases. These cases involve large transportation companies and industry-specific regulations. You need a lawyer with a special focus on this area of the law and a solid track record of winning maximum compensation for truck wreck victims.
- Expertise – We have extensive experience representing victims of tractor trailer accidents. We.know the ins and outs of trucking industry regulations and the tactics trucking companies and their insurers will try to use to win their cases. Recognized as experts in the field of truck accidents, we are invited to speak about trucking laws all over the country. Marion Munley is chair-elect of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group, and Daniel Munley previously served as chair.
- Record of success – We do what not all law firms can – we take on the big companies and win. Our tractor trailer accident attorneys won the 2nd largest settlement in Pennsylvania and the 25th largest in the country in 2015. See a list of some of our recent multi-million dollar victories.
- We live and work in the Wilkes-Barre area – We’ve represented thousands of people in this region. While we have all the resources of a large city firm, we offer the kind of personal service you can only get from a small local business . The people of Wilkes-Barre aren’t just our clients, they are also our neighbors. Since our firm was founded in 1959, it has been our mission to serve this community.
What are some of the causes of tractor trailer accidents?
Tractor trailers aren’t as responsive or maneuverable as passenger vehicles. Legally, tractor trailers, 18 wheelers or semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Many are around 65 feet long. Due to their massive size, tractor trailers can’t stop, slow, or turn as easily as a smaller vehicle. Tractor trailers also have large blind spots, so while you may think truck drivers can see you as you drive behind or pass them, that is not always the case. All these factors lead to devastating results when a tractor trailer and a passenger car, bike or pedestrian are involved in an accident, including life threatening injuries and fatalities.
Driver fatigue is to blame for many devastating tractor trailer accidents. Federal regulations limit how many hours truckers can stay on the road without taking a break. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Interstate Truck Driver’s Guide to Hours of Service, drivers must follow three maximum duty limits at all times. The 14-hour driving window limit (11 hours of consecutive driving, including lunch and breaks, in a 14 hour window in any given 24 hour period with at least 10 hours of rest between 14 hour periods), 11-hour driving limit, and 60-hour/7-day and 70-hour/8-day duty limits (a maximum of 70 hours driven over a floating 8 day period.) However, drivers are often pushed to their physical limits by tight deadlines and financial need. It’s not uncommon for transportation companies to allow drivers to falsify their log books in order to make a profit.
Distracted driving also contributes to increasing numbers of highway fatalities. Technology and electronics improve our lives, but provide multiple reasons to divert a drivers attention from the road. Driver fatigue. Even when following regulations, there is fatigue and fatigue may lead to slower response, poor judgement and unfortunately, sometimes a driver may fall asleep at the wheel.
Weather conditions are also a factor. Driving on wet, snowy and icy roads is hazardous, and while many of us maybe able to avoid long-distance driving in these conditions, goods still need to be transported and tractor trailers are still on the roads. Work zones can also hazardous. With aging infrastructure and normal wear and tear, work zones are a daily occurrence. This requires slowing down, changing lanes and giving others the right away. To increase our safety, we all need to be alert to hazardous conditions and appropriately adjust our driving.
If you or a loved one were involved in a tractor trailer wreck, contact a trucking accident attorney at Munley Law.
Our attorneys will provide a FREE review of your case and inform you of how you should proceed. With over 55 years of experience in trucking law, you can be confident in the advice you receive from the truck crash lawyers at Munley Law. If you choose to hire us, our attorneys work on a contingency basis. That means no upfront or out-of-pocket costs for you. We pay all costs in getting you justice. And because we don’t get paid until we win your case, you can be confident we do not cut corners. We do everything in our power to get you the maximum compensation. The proof is in our track record.
Get started today. You can be sure the trucking company and their insurer start building their case the minute they learn of the accident. To protect yourself, you need to do the same. Call, chat live, or fill out our online form.