Truck Crash Lawyers in Alton, IL
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Truck Crash Lawyers Alton, IL. Truck accidents can have ruinous ramifications that go well beyond a standard car accident. After being injured in a truck accident, there's the very real possibility that you are facing a mountain of medical costs and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further care. If you were harmed because of someone else's recklessness, you should not have to go through your recovery alone. The accomplished and devoted Alton, IL truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight by your side and help you receive the compensation you need to be made whole again. If you or a loved one has been impacted by a truck driver or trucking company's thoughtlessness, call our Alton, IL truck crash lawyers today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online for a free case review.
Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics
Any Alton, IL motor vehicle accident can lead to catastrophic injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck accidents are at particularly high risk owing to the mere size of semi-trucks and the force they carry. Even though trucks make up just 4.6 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were part of 13.2 percent of fatal wrecks. In fatal truck accidents, 72 percent of people killed in truck accidents were occupants of other vehicles, not the truck. Trucks are on average 20-30 times bigger than typical vehicles and take 20-40 percent more time to come to a complete stop.
Alton, IL truck drivers and their trucking companies have a massive responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Because truck accidents are so perilous, there are firm regulations that truck drivers and truck companies must act in accordance with. When they do not respect those rules and you are subsequently injured through no fault of your own, you need to contact the Alton, IL truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the recovery you deserve.
Who Can My Alton, IL Truck Crash Lawyers Hold Responsible for My Injuries?
Each truck accident is different, and the liable parties will differ depending on what caused the crash. The experienced and dependable Alton, IL truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to evaluate truck accidents and determine liability. Below are some of the parties our truck crash lawyers may be able to hold accountable for your injuries.
According to the Federal Motor Safety Administration, 87 percent of truck accident are caused by driver error. Examples of when a truck driver may be found negligent are:
- Distracted driving, including driving while
- Texting, or using their phone in any manner
- Eating or drinking
- Using tobacco
- Changing AC/Heat settings or the radio
- Focusing on something on the side of the road
- Driving while tired
- Drunk driving, or being under the influence of drugs
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Failure to check blind spots and other unsafe lane changes
If you were harmed because a truck driver did not do their job correctly and disregarded your safety, call HK Law's truck crash lawyers today to take the first step in securing justice for your injuries and great financial compensation.
The Truck Company
Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Alton, IL roads that trick drivers do. Semi-trucks can drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and as such can come into disrepair rapidly. While trucks can be pulled over for inspection, there are simply too many on the Alton, IL roads for the Department of Transportation to be able to verify every semi-truck's safety. That's why consistent maintenance and repairs is paramount for truck companies.
Furthermore, truck companies have a duty to take care of their drivers and not overwork them. Some studies indicate that drowsy driving impairs a driver more than drunk driving. There are strict laws about the amount of miles a truck driver can drive in one day and how often they need to take breaks. The standard rules are:
- An 11-hour driving limit after 10 consecutive hours off duty;
- A 14-hour driving limit followed by 10 straight hours off duty, even if they were not driving all 14 of those hours;
- A 30-minute driving break if a truck driver has driven more than eight straight hours without a 30-minute break;
- A 60/70-hour limit in 7/8 consecutive days, and a driver may only restart the 7/8 straight day period after having 34 or more hours off-duty.
Regrettably, some Alton, IL truck companies are concerned more about their miles than they do about doing what's right. If you were injured in a truck crash because a driver was drowsy, it may be because they forced to complete a delivery even when they were not reasonably able to.
Finally, truck companies have a responsibility to only hire professional drivers. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally operatea semi-truck. If a truck company hires someone who does not have the proper license, has a history of drunk driving or is otherwise unqualified to drive a truck, they are liable for their negligent hiring practices.
The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics
Like car manufacturers, any company that designs or produces trucks has an obligation to issue recalls on any device they find to be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that any component that carries "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be recalled.
Similarly, if a mechanic notices a faulty part and does not repair it or does not repair it correctly, HK Law's truck crash lawyers may be able to hold them accountable.
The Shipping Company
Cargo needs to be properly loaded so that the weight distribution is balanced and the cargo is safely secured within the truck. Uneven weight distribution or shifting cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and hurt you. If the shipping company did not load their cargo properly, they may be liable for your injuries.
Local or State Government
Roadway hazards like potholes, loose guard rails or faulty traffic lights can occasionally result in truck accidents. Governments have a responsibility to maintain the safety of our roadways and when they eschew that duty you may be able to hold them liable with the help of veteran and knowledgeable Alton, IL truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that fixed the hazards inadequately may also be held liable.
Do I Need Truck Crash Lawyers?
If you have been harmed in a truck accident, then you unquestionably need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have costly insurance policies and their insurance adjusters will do everything they can to lower your compensation. The catastrophic consequences of truck accidents go well beyond a normal fender bender that you might be able to handle on your own. Your Alton, IL truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to properly value, negotiate and recover for you the recovery you are owed. In addition to dealing with insurance companies, accomplished and knowledgeable truck crash lawyers will:
- Acquire and assess evidence, including:
- The truck's black box
- Video from inside the truck
- Close-by surveillance footage
- Witness statements
- Police reports
- The scene of the accident
- Employer records
- Maintenance records
- Oversee all communication, litigation, and documentation
- Review you medical records
- Work with medical and car crash experts to determine liability and suitably calculate the value of your damages
- Keep you consistently updated on the status of your claim
- Take your case to trial if we cannot secure a fair settlement offer
Our Alton, IL truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full financial recovery you are owed. We charge no attorney's fees unless we win your case.
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If you have been hurt in a truck accident through no fault of your own, the dedicated and talented truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote will take up your case. You should not have to worry about outrageous medical bills and lost wages because of somebody else's recklessness. Let us fight by your side to secure you the compensation you are owed. Call us today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online to find out more about how the Alton, IL truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote can help you.