More than 5,000 truck-related accidents occur on Michigan roads every year, leaving thousands of people injured or killed. As a native Michigander and 1991 graduate of the University of Michigan, attorney Michigan Jay Leizerman is proud to have helped Michigan residents who suffered as a result of a truck accident. Michael has spent his career building a national reputation helping people and families in injury and death cases involving truck accidents. While he is often called upon to assist local counsel in cases nationwide, helping people in the Midwest remains the focus of his professional calling.
As home to the automotive industry, as well as one of the busiest international borders in the country, Michigan roadways witness steady truck traffic. To reach points throughout the Great Lakes region and beyond, tractor trailers, tankers and delivery trucks rely on the state's major freeways such as I-75, I-96 and I-94 as well as Michigan's endless two-lane highways. From the urban freeways in metro Detroit to the rural roads "Up North," truck traffic greatly impacts traffic congestion, as well as the safety of other drivers.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact Michael today. Discuss your case with an attorney who has the courtroom experience and legal background that will ensure your rights are protected and that the responsible party, whether an at-fault driver or a negligent carrier, is held accountable.
Contact me at 1 (800) 628-4500 for a free consultation
Or contact me online. All information is kept confidential. I will not accept a case in a state where I'm not ethically permitted under the circumstances.
I regularly engage in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Michigan:
- American Association for Justice, Philadelphia (July 12, 2008)
Topic: Finding Insurance In Truck Litigation
- Trial Techniques, Toledo Bar Association (November 21, 2003)
Topic: Sample Opening Statement Using Courtroom Technology
- Toledo Bar Association (September 12, 2003)
Topic: Avoiding Malpractice During Settlements – Protecting The Client’s Interests
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 Holland may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Michigan 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: 110 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 4,978 per year
Accident Locales: 51%(Rural), 49%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 27% of Michigan truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not MI.
In 80% of Michigan truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 69: After passing through Flint and Lansing, I-69 changes from a north-south route to an east-west route. Known in Flint as the Chevrolet-Buick Freeway in a tribute to the Flint automotive industry, I-69 is also designated as the Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway in one stretch.
Interstate 75: Upon entering Michigan, Interstate 75 follows the western shore of Lake Erie before heading westward to Detroit where it passes the Ambassador Bridge to Windsor, Ontario. After reaching Pontiac and, further north, Flint, I-75 heads north towards Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland before reaching Mackinaw City where it crosses the Mackinac Bridge to reach the Upper Peninsula.
Interstate 94: Our nation's northernmost east-west interstate highway, I-94 connects America's Great Lakes and Intermountain regions. Its western terminus is in Billings, Montana and its eastern terminus is the U.S. side of the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, Michigan, at the Sarnia, Ontario, Canada border.
Interstate 96: Contained entirely within the state of Michigan, I-96 has its western terminus at an interchange with US-31 and US-31 BR southeast of Muskegon. Its eastern terminus is at I-75 near the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.