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I Will Fight For You. For over 35 years, our truck accident attorneys have fought hard for victims of catastrophic Ohio truck accidents. Through that work we have gained experience with and knowledge of Ohio trucking laws and we bring that experience and knowledge to bear every time we represent an Ohio resident. Managing Partner Michael J. Leizerman passed the Ohio bar in 1994, and has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer multiple times. Learn More
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  • Toledo
  • 719 Madison Avenue
  • Toledo, OH 43604
  • (419) 243-1010
  • Columbus
  • 33 N. High St. Ste. 705
  • Columbus, OH 43215
  • (614) 280-1630
  • Cleveland
  • 55 Public Sq. Ste. 1299
  • Cleveland, OH 44113
  • (440) 356-2720
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I Wrote the Book. 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. This reference book for truck accident lawyers 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. Learn More

Michael Jay Leizerman, Attorney

Whether conducting in-state or inter-state commerce, trucks play an enormous role in the safety on Ohio's roadways. Our state boasts busy toll roads, high-traffic interstate freeways, and miles of two-lane country highways, making truck traffic throughout Ohio common. Major cities like Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo attract tractor trailers, semis and tanker trucks from all parts of the country. Highways such as the Ohio Turnpike, Interstate 75, Interstate 70 and numerous other freeways serve as major arteries for trucks that are only passing through Ohio. Unfortunately, that high traffic leads to frequent truck accidents.

In 2012 (the latest released data), there were more than 5774 fatal and non-fatal large truck and bus crashes in Ohio annually. Thousands of people are injured and over a hundred more are killed every year. If you or a family member has suffered from a truck accident, you need a legal representative who has experience in holding trucking companies, carriers and brokers accountable. Michael Leizerman has spent his career building his reputation as an authority on truck accident cases involving truck driver negligence. He is often called on to assist attorneys across the country with truck accident-related litigation.

Despite his national acclaim, Michael is proud to call Ohio home, and he continues to focus his expertise toward the benefit of Ohioans who have suffered as a result of a truck accident. Contact Michael today for a free consultation and discuss your potential case with an attorney who has a track record for defending truck accident victims against the drivers and carriers who should be held responsible.

Locations

Toledo

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Columbus

(614) 280-1630 View Larger Map

Cleveland

(404) 356-2720 View Larger Map

Contact me at 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.

In Ohio since 1977

For over 35 years, E.J. Leizerman & Associates has helped hundreds of victims of Ohio truck accidents. Our truck accident attorneys have successfully represented Ohio residents who suffered wrongful death or serious injuries that have prevented them from returning to work and may have caused permanent disability.

Ohio Super Lawyers

Michael Leizerman has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer multiple times. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers magazine names attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics.

Speaking Engagements

Michael Leizerman regularly engages in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in Ohio:

  • (invited) Ohio Association for Justice (May 8, 2014)
    Priceless is Not Valueless--Compensation for Non-Economic Damages
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Ohio Association for Justice Trucking Safety Section Seminar (September 17, 2013)
    Using Psychodrama in Truck Accident Cases
    Toledo, Ohio
  • Ohio Association for Justice Annual Convention (May 3, 2013)
    Exposing the Roots of a Trucking Case
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Ohio Association for Justice Trucking Seminar (September 13, 2012)
    Examining the Truck Driver and Safety Director
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Ohio Association for Justice (May 2-4, 2012)
    Finding all the Insurance Coverage and Defendants
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Trial Techniques, Toledo Bar Association (November 21, 2003)
    Topic: Sample Opening Statement Using Courtroom Technology
    Toledo, Ohio
  • Toledo Bar Association (September 12, 2003)
    Topic: Avoiding Malpractice During Settlements – Protecting The Client’s Interests
    Toledo, Ohio

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.

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

The Ohio 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.

Incidents

Fatal Truck Accidents: 147 per year

Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 4,428 per year

Accident Locales: 52% (Rural), 48% (Urban)

Carrier Fact: 46% of Ohio truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not OH.

In 83% of Ohio truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.