See why legal
teams across the country and throughout Utah have consulted with Michael as
they prepare for trial in cases involving an injury or death following a truck
accident. In Utah, the heaviest truck traffic occurs on Interstate 15 and
Interstate 80 near Salt Lake City, but commercial vehicle traffic is also a
concern for motorists around smaller cities such as Ogden, Tremonton and Echo.
Every year, nearly 1,000 truck accidents occur on Utah highways, leaving
hundreds of people injured or killed, and countless others suffering from the
loss of a family member. If you were involved in an accident with a commercial
vehicle, or if a loved one was seriously injured or killed in a crash involving
a tractor-trailer or other big rig, speak to an attorney with the litigation
experience to most effectively hold a negligent driver or trucking company
Michael Leizerman regularly engages in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Utah:
- Litigating Truck Collision Cases Seminar, Las Vegas (October 9, 2010)
Topic: Insurance Coverage In Truck Cases
- Litigating Truck Accident Cases, Las Vegas (October 21, 2006)
Topic: Using The Internet To Research 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 Salt Lake City may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Utah 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 Utah, visit our Utah 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: 18 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 924 per year
Accident Locales: 78%(Rural), 22%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 44% of Utah's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Utah.
In 89% of Utah's truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 15: Covering 1,435 miles from near the Mexican border in San Diego, California to the Canadian border in Sweetgrass, Montana, I-15 spans America's entire north/south girth. The 402 miles of I-15 contained in Utah pass through Cove Fort, Ogden and Salt Lake City.
Interstate 70: Beginning in Cove Ft., Utah, I-70 travels 230 miles in the state before continuing to its eastern terminus in Baltimore, Maryland.
Interstate 80: One of America's major east/west routes, I-80 covers 2,909 miles between San Francisco, California and Teaneck, New Jersey. Utah claims 197 of its miles, with Salt Lake City the only major Utah city along its route.
Interstate 84: Fully contained within the states of Oregon, Idaho and Utah, I-84 covers 771 miles total passing through Tremonton, Utah before terminating in Echo, Utah.