remains home to one of the highest truck accident rates in the country, and
Michael has dedicated his professional career to ensuring that victims are
fairly compensated for their suffering following an accident. Whether on busy
interstates such as I-5, I-15 or I-80, and whether navigating the heavy highway
traffic around Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego or the Bay Area, motorists in
California see a steady reminder of the role that commercial vehicles play in
everyday driving. Every year, more than 10,000 fatal and non-fatal truck accidents
occur on California roadways. If you or a family member has been injured in a truck
accident, contact Michael and benefit from the guidance of a legal mind
respected nationally for his extensive knowledge of commercial vehicle accident
Michael Leizerman regularly engages in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near California:
- Interstate Trucking Group of ATLA, San Francisco (July 19, 2003)
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 San Clemente may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The California 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 California, visit our California 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: 400 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 10,000 per year
Accident Locales: 50%(Rural), 50%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 30% of California's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not California.
In 89% of California's truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 5: From Canada to Mexico, I-5 is the major north/south Interstate Highway on America's west coast passing through cities such as Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. In California, I-5 travels a total of 797 miles and is known by various names in various parts of the state including the San Diego Freeway, the John J. Montgomery Freeway, and the Santa Ana Freeway.
Interstate 10: I-10 is the major east/west Interstate in the southern United States travelling from Santa Monica to Florida. The various stretches of I-10 contained within California have been given names such as The Santa Monica Freeway, the Rosa Parks Freeway, the San Bernardino Freeway, and the Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway.
Interstate 15: The fourth-longest highway in America, 1-15 is an essential north/south long-haul route for the commerce of North America as it spans the gap between Mexico, the United States, and Canada. In California, I-15 cuts through the Mojave Desert area and is seeing more traffic as that area becomes more populous.
Interstate 80: Second in length only to I-90 among America's Interstate Highways, I-80 travels from San Francisco to New Jersey. Its 199 California miles cut through the Bay Area to neighboring Nevada.