commercial vehicle traffic remains a daily concern for motorists. Busy highways
such as Interstate 30 and Interstate 55, and population centers like Little
Rock, Fayetteville and Monticello attract thousands of trucks every day. With
that traffic come accidents. More than 1,500 accidents involving trucks occur
on Arkansas roadways annually, leaving hundreds of residents injured or dead.
If you or a family member has been injured in an accident with a commercial
vehicle, consult with an attorney who has dedicated his career to protecting
truck accident victims and fighting to make sure that negligent trucking
companies are held responsible.
Michael Leizerman regularly engages in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Arkansas:
- Arkansas Trial Lawyer’s Association, Arkansas (November 13, 2009)
Topic: Cognitive Science In Truck Litigation
- Arkansas Trial Lawyer’s Association, Arkansas (November 2, 2007)
Topic: Internet Discovery In Truck Cases; Trucking Insurance Coverage
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.
There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Little Rock may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Arkansas Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382, 383, 384, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, and 399 of the federal regulations.
For an overview of laws that affect trucks operating only in Arkansas, visit our Arkansas Trucking Laws page.
Your truck accident case may be larger than you think. My experience often enables me to maximize awards, well beyond what the co-counsel originally expected. My book Litigating Truck Accident Cases, published by West Publishing, is considered the definitive work on handling truck accident cases. Contact me if you are seeking co-counsel on your case.
Fatal Truck Accidents: 99 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 1,717 per year
Accident Locales: 54%(Rural), 45%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 43% of Arkansas truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Arkansas.
In 85% of Arkansas truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 30: At 364 miles in length, I-30 has a mile for almost every day of the year. 143 of those miles wind through Arkansas including Little Rock where it meets I-40 and has spur routes at I-430, I-460, and L-530.
Interstate 40: I-40 is on the short list of major east-west highways in America and runs from Barstow, California to Wilmington, North Carolina, a total of more than 2,500 miles. Its 284 miles in Arkansas include intersections with Interstate 30 in Little Rock, and a spur route of I-540 in Fort Smith.
Interstate 55: A north-south route that begins at Laplace, Louisiana and terminates at Chicago's Lake Shore Drive (I-10), I-55 spends 72 miles in eastern Arkansas intersecting with I-40 in the city of West Memphis.