Obtaining Tax, Fuel Records And Other Documents Crucial In Truck Wreck Lawsuits, Writes Pennsylvania Lawyer Marion Munley

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Munley, a personal injury attorney with Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., in Scranton, PA, has an article on tractor trailer accident litigation in the latest issue of Trial Magazine.

Lawyer Marion Munley

Once you know your way around the rules and regulations that a truck driver and his or her motor carrier are required to follow, you can find what you need to hold the defendants accountable for your client's injury.

Trucking companies are often tight with information when facing accident-related lawsuits, but plaintiffs' attorneys who know where and how to look can obtain powerful facts, attorney Marion Munley writes in the latest issue Trial magazine.

Munley is a national expert in truck collision cases and a partner with Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., based in Scranton, PA.

Munley, who handles tractor trailer cases from across the U.S., says that attorneys should “be prepared for protracted battles regarding every discovery request.” But Munley shows how attorneys for semi trailer accident victims can still build a strong case using tax and fuel records, obtaining electronic records such as GPS reports and the truck’s “black box,” and getting court orders to clear the way for an inspection of the truck involved.

Unlike cars, the movements of trucks are heavily documented due to tax requirements, fuel charges and drivers' logs, Munley says, but lawyers need to follow the right steps to find their way through the industry's jargon and complicated record trails. She provides tips on how to find documents and what electronically stored information communication is subject to discovery.

“Once you know your way around the rules and regulations that a truck driver and his or her motor carrier are required to follow, you can find what you need to hold the defendants accountable for your client's injury,” Munley writes. “The devil is in the details and those details will help you to win your case.”

A graduate of Temple University School of Law, Marion Munley is board-certified by both the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Munley is a frequent lecturer on the topic of trucking litigation, trial tactics and strategies for the American Association of Justice, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, (for which she also sits on the Board of Governors), the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Lohrman Educational Services. Her recent presentations have included:

  • “Discovery in Trucking Cases” at the American Association for Justice Interstate Trucking Litigation Fall 2008 Program, in Chicago, IL;
  • “Review & Update -- All the Latest Regarding Federal Regulations” at the American Association for Justice Litigating Trucking Cases Seminar in Las Vegas, NV, in February 2009;
  • "Unique Discovery Issues in Trucking Cases” at the American Association for Justice Interstate Trucking Litigation Group Seminar, San Francisco, CA, in July 28, 2009;
  • “Advanced College Litigating Truck Collision Cases” at the American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy College in Atlanta, GA in October 2009.

She is also a Fellow of the National College of Advocacy as well as the Litigation Counsel of America, which is a trial lawyer honorary society that includes less than one-half of 1 percent of American lawyers. Her many successes have led her to be named “Super Lawyer” by Philadelphia Magazine in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; “Law Dragon’s” 500 Leading Plaintiff’s Lawyers in the U.S. in 2006; and “Law Dragon’s” 2500 Leading Lawyers in all practice areas in the U.S. in 2007; as well as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Among her other professional associations, she was appointed by Chief Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to serve on the Lawyer’s Advisory Committee to comment on proposed rules of the circuit and on certain Judicial Council matters. She is a certified mediator for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Munley is a partner at the Scranton, PA firm of Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C.

About Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C.

Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., is a Pennsylvania law firm that represents victims and consumers in personal injury litigation, including automobile accidents, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, toxic chemicals, workplace injuries, nursing home litigation and other serious accidents. The firm has more than 40 years of experience in personal injury law.

Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., has offices in Scranton, Stroudsburg, Carbondale, Plains, Hazleton, Hamlin and Harrisburg. To contact the law firm, call 1 800-318-LAW1 or visit the firm’s website, http://www.Munley.com.

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