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.
I regularly engage 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
Maine 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.
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: 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's truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 95: From its southern terminus in Miami, Florida to its northern one near the Canadian border in Houlton, Maine, I-95 spans America's east coast. Its 304 miles that stretch through Maine include interchanges at Augusta and Bangor, and extend in the spur routes I-295, I-395 and I-495.