highways are heavy with truck traffic, whether on large interstates such as
I-49, I -55 and I-10, or on the many state's miles of rural, two-lane highways.
From Shreveport to New Orleans, Monroe to Lake Charles, commercial vehicle
traffic in Louisiana leads to more than 3,600 fatal and non-fatal accidents
ever year, leaving thousands of Louisiana motorists injured or dead. If you or
a family member is suffering as the result of an accident with a
tractor-trailer, semi-truck, bus or other large commercial vehicle, have
Michael work with your team of local attorneys and make sure that you are
fairly compensated for the negligent actions of others.
Michael Leizerman regularly engages in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Louisiana:
- Trucking Litigation Exposed, New Orleans (June 14, 2011)
Topic: Shifting Cargo Cases
- Litigating Truck Collision Cases Seminar, New Orleans (February 26, 2010)
Topic: Dealing With The Standard Defenses In A Trucking Case
- American Association for Justice, New Orleans (February 8, 2008)
Topic: Statutory Violations In Truck Litigation
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 Baton Rouge may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Louisiana 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 Louisiana, visit our Louisiana 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: 115 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 3,652 per year
Accident Locales: 58%(Rural), 42%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 54% of Louisiana's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Louisiana.
In 87% of Louisiana's truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 49: I-49 is an intrastate highway as it is located entirely within the state of Louisiana. Its southern terminus is in Lafayette, and its northern one is in Shreveport.
Interstate 55: Running nearly 66 miles from north to south, I-55 travels from Laplace about 20 miles west of New Orleans to the border with Mississippi.
Interstate 10: I-10 runs through the southern part of Louisiana passing through New Orleans and Baton Rouge as well as beautiful Lake Charles.
Interstate 12: Like I-49, I-12 is contained entirely within the state of Louisiana. It starts in Baton Rouge and hugs the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain before terminating near Slidell. In 1993, Louisiana's state legislature renamed I-12 the "Republic of West Florida Parkway" to honor the state's Florida Parishes.
Interstate 20: A major east-west Interstate spanning 1,535 miles from Texas to South Carolina, I-20 runs through northern Louisiana from Shreveport-Bossier City, through rural Louisiana, to Monroe.