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Highway safety is a concern for Pennsylvania drivers throughout the state and in Scranton. Passenger vehicles share the road with enormous 18-wheel trucks that can weigh 80,000 pounds. Accidents involving tractor trailers are devastating. Statistics show that every 16 minutes a person is injured or killed in a truck accident. Ninety-eight percent of the fatalities in those accidents are occupants in the passenger vehicles.

At Munley, Munley, & Cartwright our Scranton tractor trailer accident attorneys have the knowledge and skill to represent even the most challenging truck accident cases. We accept truck accident cases nationwide. If you have been injured in a big rig accident please contact us at (800) 318-LAW1 or submit a claim online. We offer free consultation.

Pennsylvania laws and regulations associated with big trucks and tractor trailers are designed to protect injured motorists from negligent truck drivers and the companies they work for. There are many strict state and federal regulations which limit the amount of hours that a truck driver may drive each day. Those regulations set out proper loading requirements and limit speeds to keep truck drivers and motorists safe. If a semi truck driver or trucking company disregards these important guidelines, they are putting innocent drivers at risk for serious injuries or death.

Many times when a collision is the fault of the tractor trailer driver, there are several factors to consider. Due to the nature of what they are delivering, drivers may be placed under a schedule that cannot be realistically achieved without taking safety risks. With any driver, fatigue when operating a motor vehicle can be dangerous. Due to the size of 18 wheelers, when the operator succumbs to sleep the result can be catastrophic. Other factors which contribute to the chances of a tractor trailer wreck include:

  • Aggressive driving;
  • Failure to inspect lights, brakes, and tires;
  • Tailgating;
  • Cell phone use;
  • Failure to install blind spot mirrors;
  • Speeding and ignoring reduced truck speeds;
  • Overloaded trucks; and
  • Oversized trucks.

Big trucks are capable of causing multi-vehicle crashes and multiple injuries. Their tremendous size and weight can cause severe damage to smaller vehicles on the road. Semi-trailers have high front bumpers that can punch into automobile passenger compartments.

It should be noted that trucking companies may bear some of the blame for a collision. There have been numerous cases where companies fail to adequately train there drivers before letting them on the road. Many companies also find themselves too busy to perform or to pay for needed repairs on the truck.

When truck wrecks do occur, trucking companies involved in the accident often send representatives to confront accident victims immediately following the event, at a time when they are most vulnerable. These agents want to limit or mitigate their company’s liability. If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial trucking accident, you need the experienced Scranton truck accident lawyers of Munley, Munley & Cartwright to protect your rights. Large trucking companies have their own investigators and attorneys fighting for them. You need attorneys with experience and expertise on your side.

Munley, Munley & Cartwright charges clients of personal injury claims on a contingency basis. The Scranton truck accident attorney is only paid if he or she wins monetary compensation for you. This makes it possible for nearly everyone to hire competent legal representation and gain access to the justice system. You can contact the Scranton truck wreck lawyers of Munley, Munley & Cartwright for a free consultation by calling toll-free at (800) 318-LAW1 or submitting our online form.

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