Munley Law Attorneys Named 2016 Best Lawyers of America

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Munley News | 0 comments

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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.

loty-134273-spec17507-ed22-Diamond-LChris 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.

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Driver fatigue the cause of Tracy Morgan crash

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in driver fatigue, Truck Safety | 0 comments

driver fatigue munley lawA year after a Walmart truck slammed into the limo van of comedian Tracy Morgan, federal investigators have determined the truck driver had not slept for 28 hours. The accident, which tied up traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike for several hours, had killed Morgan’s friend, comedian James McNair, severely injured Morgan as well as injured four other passengers in the van.

National Transportation Safety Board officials had found that in addition to driver fatigue, the truck driver had decided to drive 12 hours in his personal vehicle, approximately 800 miles, before starting his job the morning before the accident. Because he drove 12 hours prior to his work shift, the NTSB determined it played a major factor in the crash.

How did driver fatigue cause this accident? When a drowsy driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, sleepiness can impair your abilities to perform task. Much like driving while impaired, your reaction times are much slower. According to the NTSB, if the driver had been fully rested, he would have been able to slow down and stop the truck in time.

According to the NTSB, the passengers in the limo van were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, contributing to the severity of their injuries.

If you are involved in tractor trailer accident with a drowsy driver, you could get compensation for your injuries. Contact the tractor trailer lawyers at Munley Law today for a free compensation.

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Should teenagers be driving tractor trailers?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Truck Safety, Trucking Regulations | 0 comments

How do you feel about the thought of an 18-year-old behind the wheel of the 40-ton truck next to you on the highway?

18-year-old tractor trailer driversA new transportation bill includes legislation that would allow 18-year-old drivers  to drive tractor trailers across state lines. Not surprisingly, safety advocates are baffled.

Currently, drivers ages 18 and older can obtain a commercial license to drive a big rig in most states, but are not allowed to drive across state lines until the age of 21. It is true that this means that a young  driver could legally travel long distances across his/her home state but not to closer places just over state lines. But that is not a justification for opening up the possibility for interstate travel. As Jackie Gillian, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, puts it, “We should be considering how to limit teen truck drivers,” not expand their driving privileges, if we are to improve safety on our nation’s roads.  It is certainly questionable that an 18 or 19-year-old should be allowed to drive an 80,000 lb truck at all.”

Teenagers are undoubtedly the segment of the population most likely to be in vehicle crashes to begin with, and that’s when they’re behind the wheel of a sedan. And 18-year-old drivers are two to six times more likely to get into a crash than their 21-year-old counterparts.

The job and lifestyle of a truck driver are characterized by strenuous physical labor and long hours, and can be especially taxing to a young an inexperienced person. For example, truck driver fatigue is perhaps the biggest concern we have when it comes to the trucking industry, and teenagers are highly prone to sleep deprivation due to the fact that their brains and bodies are still growing during this time in their development.

Truck driving is among the most dangerous occupations in the U.S., even for the most experienced truckers.  It hardly makes sense to allow the most crash-prone group of drivers to be behind the wheel of the deadliest vehicles on the road, in one of the most dangerous occupations.

And, trucking isn’t only dangerous for the drivers of big rigs. Truck crashes are on the rise, but most often it’s not the trucker who gets seriously hurt or killed, but rather the drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles travelling on the highway.

To be sure, the trucking industry faces challenges to meet consumer demand and attract a new generation of drivers as today’s truckers get closer to retirement. But as we look to the future of the trucking industry, under no circumstances can we compromise safety.

If you or a loved one have been injured while driving a tractor trailer, or have been hit by a truck in a car accident, contact our office. Someone will be available to answer you 24/7, and we welcome your questions. Contact Munley Law today for a free consultation.

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