more than 4,200 truck-related accidents occur each year. More than 100
motorists are killed and thousands of others are injured, often as a result of
negligence on behalf of a truck driver, carrier or broker. High-traffic
freeways such as Interstate 70, Interstate 44 and Interstate 29 steer truck
traffic through Missouri from various manufacturing centers in the country.
In-state urban hubs such as St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield attract
countless tractor-trailers and semi-trucks every day. If you or a family member
has been injured or killed in a truck accident, contact Michael to ensure that
your rights are protected.
Michael Leizerman regularly engages in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Missouri:
- (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 Saint Louis may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Missouri 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 Missouri, visit our Missouri 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: 138 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 4,225 per year
Accident Locales: 72%(Rural), 28%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 52% of Missouri's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Missouri.
In 87% of Missouri's truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 29: One of America's most important north/south Interstate Highways, I-29 begins in Missouri and passes through the cities of Kansas City and St. Joseph on its way to the neighboring state of Iowa.
Interstate 35: Entering Missouri near Kansas City, I-35 travels north/northeast from there towards Des Moines, Iowa.
Interstate 44: I-44 spends 290 miles in Missouri on its trip from the border with Oklahoma to its intersection with I-55 in the City of St. Louis.
Interstate 55: This predominately north/south route travels from St. Louis to the Arkansas border.
Interstate 70: A major transcontinental Interstate, I-70 runs mostly parallel to the Missouri River while in Missouri. Its western terminus is at the Kansas state border near Kansas City and its eastern one is in the City of St. Louis.
Interstate 57: A predominately north/south route, I-57 serves as a nearly straight shot from Miner, Missouri to Chicago for travelers from cities such as Memphis and New Orleans.