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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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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.
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
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.
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.
I have handled cases across the country. I am licensed in several states, and have local counsel in many states who I trust and work with closely.