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Michael Leizerman leads national webinar on litigating truck accident claims

Written by Steve Gursten Posted January 26th, 2015

Strafford seminar on truck accident litigation from the plaintiff and defense

Attorney Michael Leizerman

Last week,  Truck Roundtable co-founding attorney Michael Leizerman was a webinar panel member for Strafford publications, called, “Litigating Trucking Accident Injury Claims: Plaintiff and Defense Strategies.”

Michael and several defense attorneys who specialize in trucking litigation covered the potential impact of CSA record keeping, theories of liability, and common issues unique to lawsuits involving commercial motor vehicles.

These cases  are complex.  They  involve many unique legal issues and unique skill sets  that set them apart from other motor vehicle accidents. The challenges include various advanced theories of liability, and litigation involving many potential defendants, such as drivers, owners, shippers, brokers, leasing companies and sometimes even manufacturers.

I wrote about the unique issues plaintiff truck attorneys must know in an issue of Attorney At Law magazine.

Other topics Michael tackled include:

  • Common causes of trucking accidents;
  • Overview of federal trucking safety regulations;
  • Practical concerns for the practitioner, such as post-crash inspection and what to include in an investigation;
  • Discovery considerations such as CSA data, admissibility of “preventable” designation and conditional carriers;
  • Pretrial motions; and
  • Broker and shipper liability.

Strafford offers high-quality publications and CLE continuing education programs for attorneys throughout the country.

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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.
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