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Truck Accident Roundtable attorney receives highest truck accident verdict in Michigan

Written by Steve Gursten 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 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.