Belleville, IL

Truck Crash Lawyers in Belleville, IL


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Truck Crash Lawyers Belleville, IL. Truck crashes can have catastrophic ramifications that go far beyond a typical car accident. After suffering an injury in a truck accident, there's the very real possibility that you are facing excessive medical expenses and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of additional care. If you were injured because of someone else's recklessness, you do not have to go through your recovery alone. The experienced and committed Belleville, IL truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight by your side and win you the compensation you require to be made whole again. If you or a loved one has been affected by a truck driver or trucking company's negligence, call our Belleville, IL truck crash lawyers today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online for a free case evaluation.


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Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Belleville, IL motor vehicle accident can result in disastrous injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck crashes are at particularly high risk owing to the mere size of semi-trucks and the force they carry. Despite making up only 4.6 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were part of 13.2 percent of fatal crashes. 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 larger than standard vehicles and take 20-40 percent longer to reach a complete stop.

Belleville, IL truck drivers and their trucking companies have an enormous obligation to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Because truck accidents are so dangerous, there are stringent laws that truck drivers and truck companies must follow. When they disregard those rules and you are subsequently injured through no fault of your own, you need to call the Belleville, IL truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the recovery you are owed.

Who Can My Belleville, IL Truck Crash Lawyers Find Liable for My Injuries?

Each truck accident is different, and the liable parties will differ depending on what caused the crash. The experienced and dependable Belleville, 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.

The Driver

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
    • Tobacco use
    • Adjusting AC/Heat controls or the radio
    • Not focusing on the road of them
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while fatigued
  • Driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Failure to check blind spots and other unsafe lane changes
  • Speeding

If you were harmed because a truck driver did not do their job adequately and didn't care about your safety, call HK Law's truck crash lawyers today to take the first step in winning justice for your injuries and full financial compensation.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Belleville, IL roads that trick drivers do. Semi-trucks can drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and because of that can break down rapidly. While trucks can be pulled over for inspection, they are too numerous for the Department of Transportation to be able to confirm every semi-truck's safety. That's why systematic 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 demonstrate that drowsy driving can be worse than drunk driving. There are stringent regulations concerning 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 straight days, and a driver may only restart the 7/8 consecutive day period after having 34 or more hours off-duty.

Sadly, some Belleville, 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 tired, it may be because they obligated to finish a delivery even when they were not reasonably able to.

Finally, truck companies have a duty to only hire qualified drivers. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally operatea semi-truck. If a truck company hires a driver who is untrained, has a history of DWIs or is otherwise unqualified to drive a truck, they are liable for their negligent hiring practices.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Like car manufacturers, anybody that designs or produces trucks has an obligation to issue recalls on any component they find to be unsafe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration dictates that any part that carries "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be recalled.

Similarly, if a mechanic notices a defective component and does not fix it or does not fix it correctly, HK Law's truck crash lawyers may be able to hold them liable.

The Shipping Company

Cargo needs to be correctly loaded so that the weight distribution is balanced and the cargo is safely affixed within the truck. Unequal weight distribution or shifting cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and injure you. If the shipping company did not load their cargo properly, they may be to blame for your injuries.

Local or State Government

Roadway hazards including potholes, loose guard rails or defective traffic lights can sometimes leads to truck accidents. Governments have a responsibility to maintain the safety of our roadways and when they neglect that duty you may be able to hold them accountable with the help of experienced and knowledgeable Belleville, IL truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that fixed the hazards incorrectly may also be held responsible.

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 high-priced insurance policies and their insurance adjusters will do everything they can to lessen your compensation. The catastrophic ramifications of truck accidents go well beyond a normal fender bender that you might be able to deal with yourself. Your Belleville, IL truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to suitably value, negotiate and recover for you the recovery you are owed. Apart from dealing with insurance companies, veteran and savvy truck crash lawyers will:

  • Obtain and evaluate evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video footage from inside the truck
    • Close-by surveillance footage
    • Witness statements
    • Police reports
    • The crash site
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Handle all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Review you medical records
  • Work with medical and auto collision experts to determine liability and correctly calculate the value of your case
  • Keep you consistently updated on the status of your case
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury if we cannot secure a fair settlement offer

Our Belleville, IL truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full compensation you deserve. We charge no attorney's fees unless we win your case.

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


Contact Your Belleville, IL Truck Crash Lawyers Today | HK Law

If you have been hurt in a truck crash through no fault of your own, the dedicated and savvy truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote will take up your case. You should not have to worry about costly medical bills and lost wages because of somebody else's reckless actions. Let us fight by your side to win you the compensation you are owed. Call us today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online to learn more about how the Belleville, IL 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.


Samantha Orlowski

Samantha Orlowski

Attorney at Law

Samantha Orlowski is a practicing attorney Halvorsen Klote.

Samantha joined Halvorsen Klote in 2018 as a law clerk and has since become a practicing attorney. Sam's number one priority is to provide individualized experiences for each client to achieve the best results.