We have the experience you need to win the compensation you deserve. If you need help after a truck accident in Williamsport, call now to put Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys on your side.
While sharing the road with tractor trailers and 18-wheelers is a part of everyday life, none of us expect to be injured in a commercial truck accident. We expect truck drivers and trucking companies to do what is necessary to stay safe. And when we see major pileups on the news, we never imagine that we could find ourselves the victims of a serious trucking collision.
But then, it happens. One moment you are going about your day, and the next you are wondering if you will ever be able to return to your normal life. You have suffered severe traumatic injuries, and you are facing a long-term recovery that may never fully cure your pain and suffering. You need help, and you need to make sure you and your family have the necessary resources to sustain you going forward. You need an experienced legal team that will fight to win the compensation you deserve.
At Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, we understand the devastating impact of commercial truck accident injuries. We also know how vigorously the trucking companies and their insurers will fight to avoid liability. With decades of experience, we have helped numerous clients recover millions for their truck accident injuries, and we have a hard-earned reputation for making sure that all of our clients receive just compensation.
If you were injured in a truck crash on I-80, I-180, Route 15, Route 220, or any of the other main roads that run through Williamsport and Lycoming County, contact the truck accident team at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys. We will review the details of your case for free, and advise you about what to do next. There is no charge for our services unless we win your case.
“Bob Munley helped me at the worst time of my life. After my accident, 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.” – Trucking Accident Client
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Nationally Recognized Truck Accident Attorneys
With a truck accident case, the lawyer you choose matters. Truck crashes require in-depth investigation, knowledge of commercial insurance policies, and understanding of complex transportation laws and regulations. Most personal injury firms aren’t equipped with the resources or experience to win these cases. Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys is different.
Our lawyers have devoted decades to tractor trailer and major transportation accident cases. We are among a small number of law firms in the United States who have earned credentialing specifically for truck accident attorneys. Attorneys Dan Munley and Marion Munley have both served as chair of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group, making Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys the only law firm in the U.S. with two lawyers who have held that position.
And, we are among a select few lawyers nationwide to earn board certification in truck accident law from the National Board of Trial Advocacy. We have won numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for truck accident victims in Pennsylvania, and frequently travel around the country to educate other lawyers on truck cases. No firm in Pennsylvania is better qualified to handle your truck case.
The truck accident lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys know how critical it is to act quickly in the wake of a truck wreck. We will get to work right away to get any necessary court orders and preserve and obtain evidence before they can be lost or destroyed. This includes getting the truck driver’s cell phone, as well as any black box data from the truck’s electronic data recorder. From that point forward, we will work with top industry experts to build your case, support you during your recovery, negotiate with the insurance company, and bring your case to trial if no settlement can be reached.
Causes of Truck Accidents in Williamsport
Our truck accident attorneys will investigate the cause of your crash in order to prove your case at trial. Some of the most common causes of truck crashes in Williamsport include:
Distraction – One of the leading causes of all kinds of accidents is driver distraction, and truck crashes are no different. We have seen many cases involving commercial truck drivers who were using a cell phone, watching a video, or otherwise distracted while operating a tractor trailer. When truck drivers take their attention away from the task of driving, they put all other drivers at risk.
Truck Driver Fatigue – Truckers spend long hours behind the wheel, often driving during the late night and early morning hours. In some cases, transportation companies put pressure on their drivers to exceed the maximum hours of service and stay on the road longer than they should in order to make their deliveries. If a truck driver dozes off at the wheel, the results can be devastating.
Speed – Excessive speed is one of the most common contributing factors to fatal crashes. Large trucks and eighteen-wheelers need more time and space to come to a stop than smaller vehicles. When traveling at a high rate of speed, trucks cannot easily slow down in response to changes in traffic or an obstruction in the road. As a result, they can lose control, rollover, collide with vehicles ahead, or cause a multi-vehicle pileup.
Other common causes of truck crashes include mechanical failure, improper loading, improper training, and intoxication.
Truck Accident Injuries
Truck accidents in Williamsport often result in serious or even life-changing injuries. These injuries may require treatment for months or years to come.
Traumatic brain injury – Traumatic brain injuries or TBI are among the most common and most serious types of injuries truck accident victims experience. Brain injuries range from concussions to skull fractures and brain bleeds. They can result in permanent brain damage and disability, and can even become fatal.
Broken bones – Broken bones often require surgery and can take a long time to heal properly. Some fractures can also cause more serious complications like punctured organs and internal bleeding.
Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries – The violent impact of a truck crash can cause serious damage to the neck, back, and spine. Neck and back injuries can affect your ability to work and enjoy life as you used to, and spinal cord injuries can lead to partial or full paralysis.
Death – In the most tragic cases, truck accidents can result in loss of life. If you lost a loved one in a truck wreck, a truck accident lawsuit can provide some amount of future security for your family, and hold the negligent parties responsible for the devastation they caused.
Black Box Data in a Truck Accident Case
What is a black box? A “black box” is the common name for an electronic data recorder on airplanes, trains, commercial trucks, and newer passenger vehicles. The black box captures information such as vehicle speed and whether the brakes were applied at the time of a crash. It is a crucial piece of evidence in any truck accident case. The black box and its data belong to the trucking company, and it can be expensive and difficult to obtain. This is one reason why it is extremely important to have an experienced truck accident attorney on your case. The truck accident team at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys know how to quickly get a court order to obtain the black box data before it is destroyed or deleted. We will also work with an expert to analyze and interpret the data to learn information such as the truck’s speed, acceleration and deceleration, hours of driving, airbag deployment, and more. All of this information can add evidence in support of your claim.
Williamsport Truck Accident FAQs
Q: What if I am a truck driver injured in an accident in Williamsport?
The Williamsport truck accident attorneys at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys have handled enough truck cases to know that not every tractor trailer crash is the trucker’s fault. We also know that driving a truck is a dangerous job that results in numerous occupational injuries and fatalities every year. We have represented many truck drivers who were hurt or killed in a serious accident while on the job. If you were injured in a wreck caused by another driver or another truck, we can help. Our attorneys can help you secure your workers’ compensation benefits, and pursue a negligence claim against the at-fault driver and any other appropriate parties.
Q: Can I seek financial compensation from the trucking company if the truck driver was at fault?
Potentially, yes. Many truck drivers work for large trucking companies; and under Pennsylvania law, employers can be held liable for their employees actions “within the scope of employment.” If your accident occurred because the truck driver was speeding, following too closely, or distracted behind the wheel, these are all mistakes for which the trucking company may be legally accountable.
Q: What are some common factors in commercial truck accidents besides driver negligence?
In addition to truck driver negligence, there are a variety of other issues for which trucking companies can be held legally-responsible as well. Some of the most common non-driver-related factors in tractor trailer and 18-wheeler accidents include:
- Inadequate truck maintenance
- Loose or unbalanced cargo, and other cargo loading errors
- Negligent truck repair
- Overloaded trailers
- Truck and trailer defects
Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that not all trucking accidents are triggered by the trucks involved. For example, maybe another driver hit the truck and caused a chain-reaction collision. Or maybe a defect in the road caused the truck driver to lose control. When we investigate your case, we will explore all potential causes to make sure we can seek full compensation for your injuries.
Q: Am I entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering?
When you get hurt in a truck accident, you are entitled to seek financial compensation for all of your accident-related losses. This includes not only medical and repair bills, but loss of income, loss of enjoyment, pain and suffering, and various other forms of financial and non-financial damages. A truck accident lawyer at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys will explore all possible sources of recovery and calculate the maximum value of your case.
Q: How long do I have to seek compensation after a truck accident in Williamsport?
Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years. However, you should still speak with an attorney right away. It is important to investigate as soon as possible, and you need to know how to avoid mistakes that could jeopardize your financial recovery.
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To get started on your case, please contact our offices to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation. You can reach us 24/7 at (833) 507-6375, or send us a message online and a member of our legal team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.