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Litigating a truck accident case caused by a disabled truck

Written by Steve Gursten Posted October 22nd, 2015

Attorney Michael Leizerman will present at the largest legal truck conference in the U.S., “How to Win Trucking Cases – 2015 Advanced Course”

Attorney Michael LeizermanOur Roundtable attorneys have written about the federal rules for trucks that must unexpectedly stop due to a road block or because they break down. Now our Co-Founding lawyer Michael Leizerman will be presenting on disabled trucks at the largest legal conference in the country for injury attorneys this November. The conference is called, “How to Win Trucking Cases – 2015 Advanced Course.” It’s sponsored by the 360 Advocacy Group, and will run Nov. 1-3 in Las Vegas, at the Encore Hotel.

Michael’s topic is called “The Disabled Commercial Vehicle Case.”

Commercial motor vehicles, even those that are well maintained, will break down sometimes. It’s a foreseeable hazard. But there are important things truck companies and truck drivers can do to lower the likelihood of a disabled truck. For instance, truck drivers are required to make pre-trip inspections, and trucking companies are required to properly maintain their fleets.

Yet sometimes the unexpected really does happen. Even a well-maintained big-rig truck may still break down even when a truck driver has done a thorough pre-trip inspection, and a good trucking company regularly performs safety and maintenance work on a truck.

Still, when the unexpected does happen, truckers still have certain duties according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). Specifically, pursuant to §392.2 of the rules, trucks are mandated to activate hazard lights (§ 393.22(a)), and warning devices (§392.22(b)(1)) in a certain manner.

“How to Win Trucking Cases” is an advanced legal seminar focused on the skills, tactics and techniques that teach lawyers to successfully litigate – and win – all types of trucking cases. All three of our Co-Founders will be presenting. And our goal is to help protect people hurt in serious truck accidents – often at the hands of negligent truck companies and rogue truckers who put profits ahead of public safety.

Michael will also discuss and give a demonstration of a closing argument in a truck accident case in “Closing Argument: Getting All You Ask For.”

Truck Roundtable Co-Founders Steven Gursten and Joe Fried will also be speaking at the seminar.

If you’re interested in attending the conference, here’s more information, including other conference topics and registration.

Here’s more info on my topic, “Settlement Tips and Strategies in Truck Accident Cases” and Joe Fried’s topic, “Industry Standards for Truckers and Motor Carriers: What They Are and Where to Find Them.”

About Steve Gursten

Attorney Steven Gursten is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and past president of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. He has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" for his efforts to prevent truck accidents and promote national truck safety. Steve was also a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" for a record settlement in a truck accident case. He has received the top reported truck accident jury verdict and top reported truck accident settlement in Michigan for multiple years, according to published year-end compilations of all jury verdicts and personal injury settlements by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He has been named a "Top 50 Super Lawyer," by SuperLawyers, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been awarded an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Steve speaks to lawyers throughout the country on truck accident litigation. He is a founding member of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable, head of Michigan Auto Law, and has dedicated his legal career to making our roads safer.
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