Vermont

Vermont highways enjoy among the lowest rates of commercial vehicle accidents in the country. Still, dozens of people are injured or killed in truck-related accidents every year in Vermont. Busy interstates such as I-89, I-91 and I-93 attract heavy truck traffic daily, and population centers such as Burlington, Colchester and Rutland are primary destinations for trucks hauling goods and produce. If you've been injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer, semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, or if a family member has been injured or killed in a truck accident, work with a nationally reputable attorney who is known for holding negligent truck drivers and trucking companies accountable. 

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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.

Speaking Engagements

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

  • 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

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

The Vermont 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 Vermont, visit our Vermont Trucking Laws page.

Incidents

Fatal Truck Accidents: 12 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 34 per year
Accident Locales: 91% (Rural), 8% (Urban)
Carrier Fact: 40% of Vermont's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Vermont

In 50% of Vermont truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.

Vermont News

August 13, 2013

Horse trailer legislation

For the third year in a row, the U.S. Senate is considering legislation to make double-decker transport of horses illegal. The Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2013 bans transportation of horses in trailers with two or more levels, according to … Continue reading

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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. I had already begun the project for my own reference. My book 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.