With major freeways like Interstate 35 and Interstate 70 serving as cross-country conduits in the transportation of goods, Kansas experiences heavy truck traffic on a daily basis. Local centers such as Wichita, Overland Park, Kansas City and Topeka are destinations for thousands of commercial vehicles every day. As a result, Kansas roads are witness to more than 2,000 truck accidents every year, injuring or killing motorists who often suffer as a result of truck driver or carrier negligence. Make sure your victim's rights are protected by an attorney who understands truck accident case litigation. If you or someone in your family has been injured, contact Michael today to discuss your potential case.
Michael Leizerman regularly engages in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Kansas:
- (Invited faculty) AAJ Trucking College, Kansas City (September 21-24)
Topic: Using ZMET Focus Groups 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 Topeka may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Kansas 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 Kansas, visit our Kansas 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: 73 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 1,413 per year
Accident Locales: 73%(Rural), 27%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 63% of Kansas' truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Kansas.
In 78% of Kansas' truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 35: In the Mexican border town of Laredo, Texas, I-35 begins its journey to Duluth, Minnesota. Along its way it travels 234 miles in Kansas, including spur routes I-235 to Wichita, I-135 to Salina, and part of the Kansas Turnpike (I-335) to Topeka.
Interstate 70: From its start in Cove Fort, Utah to its terminus in Baltimore, Maryland, I-70 spans most of America. It runs through Salina and Topeka as part of the 424 miles it spends in Kansas.