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Truck crashes drop 73% after speed-limiters made mandatory

Written by Michael Leizerman Posted July 7th, 2017

Study shows speed-related truck crashes caused by at-fault truckers slowed dramatically after Ontario required all trucks to have speed-limiter devices

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The naysayers were wrong about speed-limiters preventing truck crashes.

Groups like Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) pedaled doom and gloom predictions about how requiring speed-limiters on trucks would create a dangerous speed differential with cars … Read More

How to keep distracted driving truck accidents from happening

Written by Michael Leizerman Posted June 14th, 2017

Tips for avoiding distracted driving truck accidents include no texting, no dispatching devices, no hand-held phones and no eating or drinking while driving

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Few – if any – things are more dangerous and potentially deadly than a distracted truck driver barreling along a crowded highway, behind the wheel of a fully loaded 80,000-pound tractor-trailer.

Indeed, … Read More

Administration leaves proposed trucking safety rules dead on roadside

Written by Michael Leizerman Posted April 14th, 2017

Caving to push back from trucking industry, the President, FMCSA and U.S. DOT Secretary withdraw proposed revisions to ‘Carrier Safety Fitness Determination’

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Putting the brakes on federal trucking safety rules and protections when truck accident rates — and fatalities — are increasing is a deadly idea.

So why are President Trump and Transportation Secretary Elaine … Read More

Eliminating left-hand turns for trucks is the right thing to do

Written by Michael Leizerman Posted March 10th, 2017

If trucking companies and truck drivers stopped making ‘left-hand turns,’ they would eliminate a ‘critical pre-crash event’ in 22.2% of motor vehicle accidents; 61% of truck accidents in intersections ‘involve left turns’

It’d be nice if UPS’s motivation was preventing truck accidents.

But the fact that UPS’s policy against left-hand turns was driven by the … Read More

Rehearing denied on OOIDA’s challenge to FMCSA’s ELD mandate

Written by Michael Leizerman Posted February 18th, 2017

New FMCSA ELD rule requiring truckers to use ‘electronic logging devices’ will prevent many truck accidents and does not violate truck drivers’ Fourth Amendment rights

A legal loss for OOIDA (the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association) is a victory for trucking safety.

In January 2017, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit denied … Read More

In a truck accident lawsuit, a picture is worth a thousand words

Written by Michael Leizerman Posted September 20th, 2016

Litigation tip No. 4: Attorneys must obtain the photos and videos of a truck wreck


In continuing our series of truck accident litigation tips for attorneys, today we’d like to cover why it can be so important to get photos and videos of the truck accident scene and the truck itself.

Why are photos of

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A truckers’ ‘special skill and knowledge’ is a factor in assessing duty of ‘ordinary care’

Written by Michael Leizerman Posted August 25th, 2016

Some judges mistakenly say truckers should be judged by the same negligence standards as motorists, and do not understand how a truck driver is more like an airplane pilot than a motorist


Driving a large, commercial, tractor-trailer truck is nothing like driving a passenger car.

Just ask the truckers. They’ll tell you.

These big trucks … Read More

Steve Gursten and Rena Leizerman, partners with Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable founder Michael Leizerman, present at AAJ Truck Accident Litigation Section

Written by Michael Leizerman Posted August 2nd, 2016

Steve spoke on teaching lawyers how to reach better injury settlements in truck collision cases and Rena spoke on best practices regarding multi-state litigation


Okay, so I’m a little partial.

But, even so, what I’m about to say is 100% true.

Rena Leizerman, my wife and an outstanding Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable-affiliated lawyer, did a … Read More

Speed limiter devices for all commercial trucks may soon be law

Written by Michael Leizerman Posted July 13th, 2016

Safety measure, now delayed more than 20 times, would require large trucks to have speed limiter devices to cap maximum speeds to a predetermined miles per hour


Imagine a moving brick wall.

Now imagine a moving brick wall coming at you at excessive speed.

The fact that many trucks on our roads speed doesn’t surprise … Read More

CVSA wants Hours of Service (HOS) and other exemptions scaled back

Written by Michael Leizerman Posted April 14th, 2016

Regulatory exemptions are causing roadside inspectors of commercial motor vehicles confusion

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The increasing number of regulatory exemptions approved by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) is causing major confusion in enforcement by roadside inspectors, according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

In a letter sent to FMCSA last week, CVSA Executive Director Collin … Read More

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