Ashland, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Ashland, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Ashland, MO. Truck crashes can have catastrophic repercussions that go well beyond a standard car crash. After receiving an injury in a truck accident, there's the very real likelihood that you might have to deal with excessive medical expenses and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further care. If you were hurt because of somebody else's recklessness, you need an attorney by your side to make sure you are fairly compensated. The veteran and dedicated Ashland, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight by your side and win you the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been impacted by a truck driver or trucking company's carelessness, call our Ashland, MO truck crash lawyers today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.


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Ashland, MO Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Ashland, MO motor vehicle accident can lead to disastrous injuries or, in the most tragic cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck crashes are at extremely high risk owing to the sheer size of semi-trucks and the force they carry. Despite making up only under 5 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were part of 13.2 percent of traffic related fatalities. In fatal truck accidents, Almost three-quarters of of fatalities were occupants of other vehicles, not the truck. Trucks are on average 20-30 times larger than standard vehicles and take 20-40 percent longer to come to a complete stop.

Because truck accidents in Ashland, MO are so high-risk, there are strict rules that truck drivers and truck companies must comply with. When their negligence in following those rules injures you, you need to contact the Ashland, MO truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the recovery you are entitled to.

Who Can My Ashland, MO Truck Crash Lawyers Hold Responsible for My Injuries?

Each truck accident is different, and the liable parties will differ depending how and why your specific crash happened. The knowledgeable and trustworthy Ashland, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote know how to evaluate truck accidents and find every party we can hold accountable. Below are, in general, some of the parties that are liable in truck crashes.

The Driver

According to the Federal Motor Safety Administration, almost 90 percent of truck accidents are the result of driver error. Examples of when a truck driver may be found liable are:

  • Distracted driving, including driving while
    • Texting, or using their phone in any manner
    • Eating or drinking
    • Tobacco use
    • Adjusting AC/Heat controls or the radio
    • Focusing on something on the side of the road
    • Lost in thought
    • Driving while drowsy
  • Driving while intoxicated or otherwise impaired
  • Aggressive driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Speeding

If you were harmed because a truck driver did not do their job properly and disregarded your safety, call Halvorsen Klote'struck crash lawyers today to take the first step in getting a full financial recovery for your injuries.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Ashland, MO roads that truck drivers do. Semi-trucks are in constant use and consequently the company needs to stay up to date on repairs. While trucks are often pulled over for inspection, there are simply too many on the Ashland, MO roads for the Department of Transportation to be able to monitor every single truck. That's why systematic maintenance and repairs should be a priority for the safety for everyone on the road.

In addition, truck companies have a duty to their drivers are not overworked. Some studies demonstrate that driving with less than four hours sleep within 24 hours can be worse than drunk driving. There are stringent regulations concerning the number 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 straight hours not driving;
  • A 14-hour driving limit followed by 10 consecutive hours not driving, even if they were not driving the entire time;
  • A 30-minute driving break after eight hours straight hours of driving;
  • A 60/70-hour limit in 7/8 straight days, and a driver may only restart the 7/8 consecutive day period after being off duty for at least 34 hours.

Unfortunately, some Ashland, MO truck companies care more about their bottom line than they do about doing what's right. If a truck driver's drowsy driving caused your injuries, it's possible that they forced to complete a delivery even when they had already exceeded driving limits.

Finally, truck companies have a duty to only contract qualified drivers. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License before they can be hired. If a truck company hires someone who is untrained, has a history of drunk driving or has another criminal conviction that precludes them from driving a truck, they can be held responsible for their negligent hiring practices.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Anyone involved in the design, manufacture, distribution and sale of trucks has a responsibility to issue recalls on any part they find to be unsafe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that any part that creates "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be recalled.

Similarly, if a mechanic sees a defective component and does not fix it or does not fix it sufficiently, Halvorsen Klote's truck crash lawyers may be able to hold them responsible.

The Shipping Company

Cargo needs to be correctly loaded so that the truck will not roll over and cargo will not spill out. Shifting cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and injure you. If the shipping company failed to guarantee the safety of their shipping practices, you can also file a claim against them.

A Governmental Entity

Dangers in the road like potholes, loose guard rails or malfunctioning traffic lights can occasionally result in truck accidents. Governments have an obligation to maintain the safety of our roadways and when they neglect that duty you may be able to hold them liable with the help of experienced and knowledgeable Ashland, MO truck crash lawyers. Construction companies that repaired the hazards inadequately may also be included in your claim.

Do I Need Ashland, MO Truck Crash Lawyers?

If you have been hurt 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 decrease how much money you get. The catastrophic consequences of truck accidents go well beyond a common claim between two civilian motorists that you might be able to handle yourself. Your Ashland, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to effectively value, negotiate and recover for you the recovery you are owed. Other than standing up to the trucking company, seasoned and talented truck crash lawyers will:

  • Gather and evaluate evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video from inside the truck
    • Close-by surveillance video
    • Eyewitness testimony
    • Police reports
    • The accident site
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Manage the entire legal process
  • Go through your medical records
  • Work with medical and auto crash experts to determine negligence and suitably calculate the value of your case
  • Keep you consistently updated on the status of your claim
  • Take your case to trial if the insurance and trucking company will not be reasonable in negotiations

Our Ashland, MO truck crash lawyers know that with medical bills and lost wages, you may be nervous about hiring a lawyer. You owe us no attorney's fees unless we win your case.

The personal injury lawyers at HK Law have experience fighting and winning a wide variety of personal injury cases. Check out the links below to see more about the services we offer.


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If you have been harmed in a truck crash through no fault of your own, the dedicated and skilled truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote will take up your case. You should not have to worry about exorbitant medical expenses and lost wages because of somebody else's recklessness. Let us fight for you to secure you the compensation you are owed. Call us today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online to discover more about how the Ashland, MO truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote can help you.


Joel Halvorsen

Joel Halvorsen

Attorney at Law

Joel Halvorsen and his partner Greg Klote founded the Halvorsen Klote law firm on the principle that injured people and their families should have access to the same quality legal representation as large insurance companies.


Greg Klote

Greg Klote

Attorney at Law

Greg Klote is a partner and founder of Halvorsen Klote.

Greg has successfully fought for people who were injured through no fault of their own. He became a lawyer to help make a difference in the lives of those who have been wronged and treated unfairly.