Attorneys at E.J. Leizerman & Associates are licensed to practice law in Illinois and have helped clients receive many settlements and verdicts. Attorneys in Chicago regularly consult with Managing Partner, Michael Leizerman, regarding truck accident cases.
Locations Near Illinois:
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Toledo, Ohio 43604
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Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released safety data from 2011, including the following: One-third of truck occupant fatalities occurred when occupant was not wearing a seatbelt; 64% of large truck fatal crashes occurred on rural roads; … [Read more]
A tractor trailer reportedly merged from the left to the center lane on Interstate 74 in East Peoria, Ill., striking a car and injuring its three passengers on Tuesday, April 10. According to PJStar.com, both vehicles were eastbound on I-74 … [Read more]
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.
Trucks, turning radius and how accidents can happen.
I have handled cases across the country. I am licensed in several states, and have local counsel in many states who I trust and work with closely. Select your state to learn more:
Truck accident attorney Michael Leizerman fights for victims of truck-related accidents, striving to ensure their rights are defended in cases involving negligent carriers or at-fault truck drivers.
Rena Samole practiced law in downtown Chicago at the law firm of Skadden Arps for nearly a decade. Since joining E.J. Leizerman & Associates, she has written successful briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and in ground-breaking truck accident cases, including the first case to hold a truck broker responsible for punitive damages in a negligent hiring case. Michael tries cases throughout the country and lectures on truck accident trial strategies. Those efforts have helped him earn a national reputation as an authority in accident cases involving tractor trailers, tankers and other commercial vehicles.
More than 5,500 truck-related accidents lead to injuries or fatalities every year in Illinois. Whether on the Dan Ryan in Chicago or the many two-lane highways that carry motorists to the state's rural south, drivers in Illinois are greatly impacted by the steady traffic of tractor trailers and semi-trucks. People who suffer as a result of a truck accident, including their family members, are often faced with the daunting task of challenging trucking companies in court. Put experience on your side and contact Michael today to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney who specializes in cases involving commercial trucks.
I regularly engage in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Illinois:
Interstate Trucking Group of ATLA, Chicago (June 22, 2007) Topic: Internet Primer; Finding Additional Coverage In Truck Accident Cases
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 Cicero may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Illinois 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.
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: 178 per year Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 5,403 per year Accident Locales: 44%(Rural), 56%(Urban) Carrier Fact: 35% of Illinois' truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Illinois.
In 82% of Illinois' truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 24: Its southern terminus in Tennessee and a northern one in Illinois, I - 24 spends 36 miles in southern Illinois.
Interstate 39: Spending 139 miles in Illinois, I-39 travels from Wisconsin to Illinois passing through the cities of Normal and Rockford.
Interstate 55: A major north/south route through America's heartland, I-55 spans the girth from Louisiana to Chicago where it is known as the Adlai Stevenson Expressway. Its journey through the Land of Lincoln includes 313 Illinois miles.
Interstate 57: While most of I-57 (358 miles) is contained within Illinois, its entire route travels from Missouri to Chicago.
Interstate 64: A significant east/west route, I-64 spans the distance from Missouri to Virginia spending 131 miles in Illinois where it travels contiguous with I-55 and I-70 through East St. Louis.
Interstate 70: A nearly continent-wide behemoth, I-70 travels from Utah to Baltimore spending 156 miles in Illinois where it intersects I-57 in Effingham.
Interstate 72: From Mark Twain's beloved Hannibal, Missouri to Champaign, Illinois, I-72 is an important regional route. Its 182 Illinois miles include the cities of Springfield and Decatur.
Interstate 74: A key route linking Iowa farmland to cities such as Cincinnati to the east, I-74 spends 221 miles in Illinois where it passes through the cities of Peoria, Champaign, Normal and Bloomington.
Interstate 80: America's second longest highway, I-80 spans our midsection from San Francisco to New Jersey. Its 111 Illinois miles include Chicago's southern suburbs, including the city of Joliet.
Interstate 88: I-88 is a 143-mile route running from Chicago to Moline.
Interstate 90: The longest of America's Interstates, stretches from Seattle to Boston. Its 123 miles in Illinois pass through Chicago, Elgin and Rockford where it is known variously as the Kennedy and Dan Ryan Expressways, the Northwest Tollway, and the Chicago Skyway.
Interstate 94: I-94 is a vital link between America's Great Lakes and Intermountain regions from Michigan to Montana. Its 61 miles in Illinois swing near the Chicago suburbs of Skokie, Waukegan, Calumet City and Highland Park.
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