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Taking on the most powerful trucking companies in the name of injury victims

Written by Steve Gursten Posted January 16th, 2013

Joe Fried and Mike Leizerman lead a conference on truck accident litigation for injury attorneys

Yesterday, Joe Fried and Mike Leizerman ran a one-hour audio conference for attorneys from throughout the U.S., teaching them how to better protect truck accident injury victims.

The webinar was through Pincus Professional Education, and covered the following topics:

  • Minimum available insurance
  • Initial considerations
  • Preservation letter and spoliation
  • Primary FMCSA regulations
  • Critical discovery
  • Key industry documents (OP1, MCS 150, CDL manual, preventability manual)
  • FMCSA safety statistics
  • Guide to crash report analysis
  • Other important considerations for discovery

Said Pincus about Joe and Mike: “… you will hear from two trial lawyers who have successfully taken on the most powerful trucking companies in obtaining justice for victims of catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.”

During the webinar, Joe and Mike stressed that handling a truck accident case is much different than that of a car accident. Here’s why:

  1. The trucking industry is heavily regulated by the federal government and these regulations (the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations) affect every aspect of a trucking case.
  2. There typically is significant insurance coverage (the FMSCRs require federal motor carriers to maintain at least $750,000 in liability insurance).

 

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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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