Despite its relatively small size, Connecticut is still home to a high volume of truck traffic every day. Trucks utilize Connecticut's major expressways such as Interstate 84, Interstate 91 and Interstate 95 to transport goods to Hartford, Bristol and the state's other urban centers, and to various points throughout New England. Every year, nearly 1,000 truck accidents occur in Connecticut, leaving innocent victims with fatal or non-fatal injuries. If you've been the victim of an accident with a commercial vehicle, or if you're suffering from the injury or death of a loved one who was involved in a truck accident, Contact Michael and make sure your rights are protected. He can determine which state and jurisdiction is proper and most advantageous to you, and whether he should bring in other lawyers. If so, it costs you nothing more. For example, many times Michael handles all the trucking issues and main trial strategy while working with a local lawyer who knows the local customs, practices, doctors and judges. 

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Or contact me online. All information is kept confidential. I will not accept a case in a state where I'm not ethically permitted under the circumstances.

For Lawyers

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.

Speaking Engagements

Michael Leizerman regularly engages in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Connecticut:

  • Railroad Law section of ATLA, Boston (July 5, 2004)
    Topic: Representing The Train Crew Against The Railroad And The Trucking Company
  • American Association for Justice National Convention, New York (July 11, 2011)
    Topic: Persuasion At Trial From Aristotle To fMRI

Trucking Laws

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 Stanford may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

The Connecticut 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 Connecticut, visit our Connecticut Trucking Laws page.


Fatal Truck Accidents: 24 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 952 per year
Accident Locales: 50% (Rural), 50% (Urban)
Carrier Fact: 23% of Connecticut's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Connecticut

In 96% of Connecticut truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.

Connecticut News

May 4, 2016

California Trucker Forced to Shut Down after Repeated DUI Violations

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared California-licensed truck driver Yakov Zaverukha to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. … Continue reading

The post California Trucker Forced to Shut Down after Repeated DUI Violations appeared first on Truck Accident Law by Michael Leizerman.

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I am honored that West Thompson—the world’s largest publisher of legal books—asked me to write this multi-volume book on truck accident law in 2004. I had already begun the project for my own reference. My book includes the federal regulations that are the same in each state for interstate tractor-trailer crashes, as well as state law that differs in areas, like whether there are monetary limits or “caps” in the lawsuit, whether you can receive punitive damages, and the varying technical requirements for filing a lawsuit.