If You Have Been Involved in a Truck Accident, Call Munley Law Today
Munley Law is one of the premier trucking law firms in the United States. We are dedicated to helping innocent victims of trucking accidents and have spent decades working to establish a true expertise in trucking laws. Accidents that involve trucks or tractor trailers can be very complicated and should be handled by lawyers that are uniquely qualified to handle these types of accidents. Whether you are a truck driver, or a driver/passenger in another vehicle that was hit by a truck, we are here to help.
Over the past five decades, we have represented hundreds of trucking accident victims, and our trucking accident attorneys are dedicated experts in aggressively pursuing the justice and compensation that our clients deserve. Each member of our firm has extensive experience in these heavily defended truck injury cases, and we are regularly asked to lecture nationally and internationally on trucking laws. Dan Munley is the former chairman of the Trucking Law Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice, and Marion Munley is currently on its executive committee. We represent truck accident victims nationally, and we are willing to travel to see you wherever you are located if you are injured and unable to travel. We have several office locations and we are here to serve you.
The major trucking companies will hire lawyers immediately after a truck accident and have them on the scene the same day, if possible. You should do the same. The experienced trucking law attorneys at Munley Law know how to preserve all of the important pieces of evidence for you. They know how to secure the scene of a truck accident and take necessary photographs and statements. This is critical because significant pieces of evidence helpful to you can be lost, misplaced or be purposely destroyed by the trucking companies. Check out our list of frequently asked questions after a truck accident, and see below for testimonials from some of our past truck accident clients. We have represented many types of large truck accidents including:
Munley Law Has the Best Trucking Accident Lawyers in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey
Our trucking law team is specially trained to assist in the investigation, development, negotiation and trials of truck accident cases. Our truck accident attorneys have won millions of dollars in settlements and trial verdicts, including numerous multi-million-dollar cases. Take a look at some of our settlements and verdicts for victims of truck accidents:
- $8 Million: Settlement for truck accident
- $6.9 Million: Settlement when a garbage truck rammed a car
- $6.5 Million: Settlement to a man brain injured by a garbage truck
- $3.5 Million: Jury verdict for pedestrian hit by truck
- $2.8 Million: Settlement for trucking accident
- $2.8 Million: Settlement for a boy killed by a truck
- $2.25Million: Settlement for driver of a van involved in accident w truck
- $1.85 Million: Settlement for fuel tank operator killed in crash with dump truck
- $1.8 Million: Settlement for tractor trailer accident that caused a woman’s death
- $1.5 Million: Settlement for woman injured by fatigued truck driver
- $1.5 Million: Settlement for crash involving newspaper delivery truck
- $1.3 Million: Jury verdict for Clarks Summit woman in tractor-trailer accident
- $1 Million: Settlement when a 69 year old man was killed by a tractor trailer.
Choose Your Semi Truck or Trucking Accident Injury Lawyer Carefully
If you or a loved one have been injured in a commercial trucking accident, you need the experienced lawyers of Munley Law to protect your rights. Large trucking companies have their own investigators and attorneys fighting for them, you need someone on your side. Your Choice of Lawyer is Important. So CHOOSE CAREFULLY™ — The Family of Lawyers™ at Munley Law — to protect your rights.
Why Cost is No Object When You Hire The Best Truck Accident Attorney
Munley Law charges clients of personal injury claims 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 855-866-5529
Truck and Tractor Trailer Accident Investigation
Complex tractor trailer truck accident litigation requires thorough investigation, the opinions of expert witnesses, and the creative use of discovery procedures after the suit is filed. Prompt investigation of the accident scene is crucial. The trucking company will have its own team of investigators dispatched immediately. You need investigators who will work for you and document favorable evidence. Munley Law’s on-staff team of investigators routinely visit accident scenes and take photographs of physical evidence. They search for eyewitnesses, skid marks, yaw marks, accident debris, and gouge marks, as well as oil, gas, and radiator fluid stains can disappear quickly after an accident. The sooner you engage us to represent you, the sooner we can act to preserve critical evidence.
Expert Witnesses for Tractor Trailer Accident Cases
Expert witnesses may be the key to winning your case. Munley Law tractor trailer truck accident attorneys have experience with experts who have extensive knowledge of the trucking industry. These experts can review the facts of your case and help us plan a winning trial strategy. Other experts in fields like engineering, accident reconstruction, life care planning, economics, and medicine may also play an important role in the successful prosecution of your case.
Experienced Tractor Trailer and Truck Accident Lawyers
Experience counts when an attorney is handling a personal injury case involving a tractor trailer or large semi truck. The 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. The tractor trailer truck accident attorneys at Munley Law have extensive experience with these laws and regulations and can tell you whether the violation of one or more such laws and regulations caused or contributed to your accident in PA, NY or NJ.
Munley Law Handles Cases For All Different Types of Trucks
The experienced trucking lawyers at Munley Law have handled cases involving all different types of truck accident lawsuits. We have also represented the drivers of a trucks in truck accident cases, as well as drivers of cars, drivers of buses, passengers of buses and pedestrians that have had accidents with trucks. Call Munley Law at 855-866-5529
for a free consultation for your trucking accident case today! OR email us online today.
Tractor Trailer, Semi Truck, or 18 Wheeler
A tractor trailer (also known as a semi, or 18-wheeler) is a truck that consists of a a towing engine (tractor) and a semi or trailer that carries the freight. A tractor trailer traveling at 70 MPH has twice-as-much energy as one traveling at 50 MPH. Due to their massive size, these vehicles can cause devastating damage in the event of an accident.
Fracking Truck or Tanker Truck
Communities in which hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), oil, or gas drilling are major industries see an influx of heavy trucking traffic and therefore are at a greater risk for truck accidents. Tanker trucks, water trucks, and other vehicles used to transport large drilling equipment can make rural roads unsafe. The rules governing hours of service and standards of operation are often less strictly enforced in the gas industry than elsewhere in the trucking industry, putting drivers and the traveling public even more at risk.
Garbage trucks move throughout our neighborhoods on a regular basis, but when they collide with another vehicle or a pedestrian, they can cause major damage. Our firm has reached multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of individuals and families who suffered terrible loss after a collision with a garbage truck.
- Truck Accident Insurance Issues
- Car – Truck Collisions
- Preventing Tractor Trailer Accidents
- Truck Accidents and Driver Fatigue
- Truck Accidents and Drug/Alcohol Abuse
Truck Accident Questions and Answers
Q: What can I do to protect myself after an accident with a big truck, tractor-trailer?
A: Truck and bus cases are very complicated and require the immediate attention of a lawyer who has won truck accident cases in the past and has deep knowledge of how the trucking companies will fight back. Trucking companies for instance usually have unlimited resources that include teams of lawyers and experts who are prepared to fight against any law suit you may file as a result of an accident—regardless of how injured you are.
Q: What should I do at the scene of a truck accident?
A: While you are at the scene of the accident, you should do the following:
- Remain calm and remain in your vehicle (unless it’s too dangerous to do so)
- Turn on your hazard lights
- Call 911 even if your accident seems minor
- Seek medical attention for any injured drivers or passengers
- Unless necessary, do not move the vehicles until the police arrive
- Never leave the scene of the accident
- Write down the names, addresses and phone numbers of all parties involved, including any witnesses
- Make sure you write down the names and badge numbers of any police officers that are investigating the accident
- Photograph the vehicles and any injuries sustained by you or your passengers
- Do not admit fault
- Immediately notify your own insurance company of the accident
Do not discuss the accident with anyone except the police or your own insurance agent or representative; you are not required to give a statement to anyone but the police and your insurance company
Q: What should I do if someone from the trucking company call me before I’ve picked a truck accident lawyer?
A: Do not agree to make a recorded statement to the trucking company’s insurance carrier. Do not sign any forms sent to you by the trucking company and their insurance carrier. Immediately contact an experienced Trucking Law Firm such as Munley Law.
Q: What should I do in the days following a truck accident?
A: Here are the steps you should take:
- Obtain a copy of the accident report prepared by the police
- Obtain a property damage valuation from your insurance company
- Write down all visits with doctors and other healthcare providers and keep a journal of any symptoms or pain you experience. Also, get copies of all test results, medications, 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 in which you were unable to participate
- Never accept a settlement offer from an insurance carrier unless you have consulted with a lawyer
Q: Who can be sued in a truck accident case?
A: In a truck or tractor trailer accident case, the truck driver, trucking company, or owner of the truck/trailer can typically be liable. In some cases, however, the facility responsible for loading the truck, or even the entity responsible for the contents of the trailer can be liable as well. Each case is unique, so the best way to determine the course of action you should take is by speaking with a lawyer. That is why we offer free consultations to our potential clients.
Q: How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a truck accident?
A: In most cases in Pennsylvania and most other states, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accidents. But, in any case, it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible following an accident. The investigation of your case is crucial, and it becomes increasingly difficult to obtain vital information as time goes on. Important pieces of evidence regarding vehicle safety standards and driver logs can be lost or destroyed. The trucking company will have its own team of investigators and experts on the scene of the crash in order to build their defense. You will need someone on your side to do the same. We will take witness statements and photographs, and work with accident reconstruction experts as well as medical experts to build your case. It is best if we can get to work as soon as possible.
Q: How much will it cost to hire an attorney?
A: At Munley Law, we work on an contingent fee basis. This means that we do not collect a fee (a portion of the benefits obtained) unless we win your case. We will not get paid until you get paid, and you will owe us nothing up-front or out of your own pocket.
Truck Accident Client Testimonials
“I got into a serious accident 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.”
-Trucking Accident Client
“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.”
-A Trucking Accident client
“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. I can not leave out her paralegal Janice, she was totally on the ball at all times. My case was a personal injury case ( I was hit by a tractor trailer) which was settled for a very fair settlement ! I am sure whatever your case involves, she will handle it in the same manner. She is a great person and an awesome attorney!! She will fight for you!!”
-Jeffrey, a Personal Injury Client