You would think that after an accident with a tractor trailer, the blame would fall on the driver of the biggest vehicle. Obviously, he/she didn’t see you coming or wasn’t paying attention and that’s the reason for the accident, right? Well, not exactly. Determining fault after any type of motor vehicle accident is actually a difficult process.
We all know that the results of a tractor trailer accident are very serious. The passengers in the other vehicle are probably seriously injured, maybe even been killed. Your car will probably be totaled. But this type of damage doesn’t necessarily mean the blame lies entirely on the truck driver.
To determine fault, the insurance company will have to figure out who was being negligent at the time of the accident. This information comes from eye witness accounts, police reports, black box data from the tractor trailer, and from the statements of those involved in the accident. Here are a few common causes for a tractor trailer accident:
- The driver or drivers of both vehicles were distracted at the time of the accident (i.e. texting and driving)
- Driver fatigue
- Negligence, such as ignoring a stop sign or red light
- Mechanical failure
- Failure to follow certain trucking laws, such as driving for more than the required number of hours
Tractor trailer accidents are never cut and dry. That’s what it’s best to get an experience tractor trailer lawyer by your side after an accident. For more than 50 years, the tractor trailer accident lawyers of Munley Law have been fighting for our clients’ rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Labor Day weekend is almost here and that means many of us will be heading out on the roadways. With gas prices so low, you can bet the highways are going to be packed with travelers enjoying the long weekend. And if you are planning on leaving late tomorrow evening, you better watch out — many people will have the same idea, especially truck drivers who want to get their shipments done before the holiday.
Did you know that Labor Day is the fourth most dangerous holiday in the U.S.? In 2012, the National Safety Council found that there were nearly 400 traffic-related deaths and more than 42,000 serious injuries. Between 1995 and 2008, there were at least 450 deaths every year.
We want everyone to be safe on the roads this holiday weekend. So here are a few tips to keep in mind before heading out on the road:
- The number one factor for many accidents were speeding, followed by drinking and driving. So slow down! If you need to be someplace at a specific time, leave a little earlier than usual.
- When driving around trucks, do not abruptly change lanes. It takes longer for a truck to slow down than for you.
- Always use your turn signals.
- Don’t text and drive. Keep those eyes on the road!
- Don’t drive tired. Instead, leave at a time you are refreshed and ready to go.
- When passing a truck with a trailer, be careful. That trailer could easily swing in your lane.
- And of course, don’t drink and drive.
If you get into an accident with a truck or tractor-trailer, we’re ready to help! Contact Munley Law today for a free consultation.
Four Munley Law partners have recently been named to the 2016 list of Best Lawyers in America. In addition, J. Christopher Munley was named workers’ comp lawyer of the year.
Chris Munley has been representing individuals and families who have suffered due to injury for 21 years. In addition to being recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Chris has been named a Super Lawyer and named among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He currently resides in Clarks Summit with his wife Dr. Maria Yager Munley and their two children.
Four more members of the Munley firm were listed in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Robert W. Munley, Marion Munley, Daniel Munley, and Robert W. Munley III have been listed among the nation’s best attorneys in the fields of personal injury litigation, product liability litigation, and workers’ compensation.
In addition to being named a Best Lawyer, Marion Munley was recently elected Secretary of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group at the AAJ annual convention. The AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group keeps members aware of important issues involving trucking laws, helping lawyers better litigate trucking cases. Marion, who spoke on the differences between car and bus accidents at the convention, has been an advocate for victims of trucking accidents for almost 30 years and is also the First Vice Chair of the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus.
If you or a loved one have been in a tractor trailer accident, we urge you to contact our office as soon as possible for a free consultation.