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Truck Accident Roundtable attorney receives highest truck accident verdict in Michigan

Written by Michael Leizerman Posted February 14th, 2013

Verdicts marks 5th top truck accident trial verdict for Steven Gursten

Steven Gursten

Steven Gursten

Founding  Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable lawyer Steven Gursten received the highest truck accident verdict in Michigan again for 2012, according to the recently released Michigan Lawyers Weekly year-end compilation of the highest verdicts and settlements.

Steve’s 2012 case  involved  an 83-year-old man who was run over by a truck as he was riding his bicycle and crossing the street.  The truck was making a right-hand turn.  Liability was strongly disputed by the trucking company. And the insurance company, Secura Insurance, took a hard-line of the worth and value of the man’s life at 83, saying even if their own insured had caused his death, the life of an 83 year old man isn’t worth more than $250,000.

As part of the preparation for the trial, Steve worked with his fellow Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable member Michael Leizerman (me) on a two-day focus group. He also worked with Roundtable lawyer member Joe Fried on sequencing and FMCSR rule violations, and Roundtable lawyer  Morgan Adams in trial preparation and various liability theories against the defendant.

Here’s more information about our Steve’s top Michigan truck accident verdict:

An 83-year-old man named Michael Shekoski was run over by a truck and killed as he was attempting to legally cross the road on his bicycle in Macomb County.

The truck company defense lawyers refused to accept responsibility for Mr. Shekoski’s wrongful death. They said he caused his own death by riding his bicycle out into the street and in front of the truck; and then they said it didn’t really matter because an 83-year-old man isn’t worth very much in damages. The defense offered $250,000 before trial and $500,000 when the jury was deliberating.

The jury awarded a $2.55 million verdict.

Mr. Shekoski is survived by his 10 children, 38 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Here’s more information about the case and the full article, as it was printed in Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

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About Michael Leizerman

Michael Leizerman is a founding member of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable and the managing partner at E.J. Leizerman & Associates. Michael litigates major trucking collision cases across the United States. He has co-counseled with lawyers in 18 states and has received several top-reported state truck accident settlements. Michael is the author of "Litigating Truck Accident Cases." He is past president of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Lawyer Litigation Group. Michael lectures throughout the United States on truck accident litigation and works with other injury attorneys from across the country. Michael has a commercial driver's license.
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