In Maine, more than 1,500 accidents involving commercial vehicles occur every year. The state is heavy in timber-hauling truck traffic, as well as the transportation of other general goods to population hubs such as Portland, Bangor and Augusta. Interstate 95 is one of the nation's most-traveled highways, and a handful of affiliate routes serve as a primary means of travel for countless tractor-trailers, semi-trucks and 18-wheelers every day. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle, consult with a lawyer who's passionate about fighting for the rights of victims of trucking company negligence. Contact Michael to learn how he can work with local lawyers to help earn clients a higher settlement.

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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 Maine:

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

The Maine 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 Maine, visit our Maine Trucking Laws page.


Fatal Truck Accidents: 14 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 1,691 per year
Accident Locales: 98% (Rural), 2% (Urban)
Carrier Fact: 25% of Maine's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Maine

In 95% of Maine truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.

Maine News

August 12, 2013

The OP-1 and MCS-150 forms in truck accident cases

OP-1 is a form motor carriers use to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for operating authority. MCS- 150 is form to register for a USDOT number. Many companies will have filled out both forms. If you … Continue reading

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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.