Bonne Terre, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Bonne Terre, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Bonne Terre, MO. Truck accidents cause devastating injuries. After being injured in a truck accident, you're probably facing excessive medical costs and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further treatment. If you were hurt because of another person's reckless behavior, you do not have to go through your recovery alone. The experienced and dedicated Bonne Terre, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight for you and help you recover the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident through no fault of your own, reach out to our Bonne Terre, MO truck crash lawyers today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online for a complimentary case review.


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Bonne Terre, MO Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Bonne Terre, MO motor vehicle accident can result in disastrous injuries or, in the most tragic cases, wrongful death. People who were injured as the result of truck accidents are at extremely high risk because of the force that truck accidents carry at even low speeds. Despite making up just under 5 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses caused 13.2 percent of fatal crashes. In fatal truck accidents, Almost three-quarters of people killed in truck accidents were occupants of passenger vehicles, not the truck. Trucks are on average 20-30 times heavier than passenger cars and have 20-40 percent increased stopping time.

Bonne Terre, MO truck drivers and their trucking companies have an immense duty to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. When their negligence in following those rules injures you, you need to get in touch with the Bonne Terre, MO truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote to stand up the the trucking company and insurance company.

Who Can My Bonne Terre, MO Truck Crash Lawyers Hold Accountable for My Injuries?

The circumstances of each crash are different, and the liable parties will differ depending on what caused the crash. The talented and trustworthy Bonne Terre, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to evaluate truck accidents and find every party we can hold accountable. The following are, in general, some of the parties that are liable in truck crashes.

The Driver

According to the Federal Motor Safety Administration, 87 percent of truck accidents are caused by driver error. Examples of driver negligence:

  • Distracted driving, including driving while
    • Texting, or using their phone in any manner
    • Eating or drinking
    • Tobacco use
    • Changing temperature controls or the radio
    • Paying attention to something on the side of the road
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while fatigued
  • Drunk driving, or being under the influence of drugs
  • Reckless driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving too fast for road conditions

If you were harmed because of a negligent truck driver, call Halvorsen Klote'struck crash lawyers today to start on your path to winning a full financial recovery for all of your damages.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Bonne Terre, MO roads that truck drivers do. Semi-trucks typically drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and because of that they need to be maintained properly. While trucks can be pulled over for inspection, they are too numerous for the Department of Transportation to be able to monitor every single truck. That's why scheduled maintenance and repairs is paramount for the safety for everyone on the road.

Furthermore, truck companies have a duty to take care of their drivers and not obligate them to drive too long. Some studies suggest that driving with less than four hours sleep within 24 hours can be worse than drunk driving. There are stringent laws about the number of miles a truck driver can drive in one day and how often they need to take breaks. The regulations are:

  • An 11-hour driving limit after 10 consecutive hours not driving;
  • A 14-hour driving limit followed by 10 straight 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 consecutive days, and a driver may only restart the 7/8 consecutive day period after having 34 or more hours off-duty.

Regrettably, some Bonne Terre, MO truck companies care more about their bottom line than they do about the public's and their own driver's safety. If a truck driver's drowsy driving caused your injuries, it may be because they obligated to keep driving even when they were not reasonably able to.

Finally, truck companies must only hire drivers who are capable of driving safely. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License before they can be hired. If a truck company hires someone who does not have the correct license, has a history of DWIs or has another criminal conviction that precludes them from driving a truck, they are liable for their negligent hiring practices.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Like car manufacturers, anybody that designs or manufactures trucks has a responsibility to make sure they are safe to reach the market. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration dictates that any device that carries "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be taken off the market.

Similarly, if a mechanic observes a faulty component and does not correct it, Halvorsen Klote's truck crash lawyers can also file a claim against them.

The Shipping Company

Cargo needs to be properly loaded so that the cargo is safely secured within the truck. Shifting cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and injure you. If the shipping company did not load their cargo correctly, they may be at fault for your injuries.

A Governmental Entity

Roadway hazards such as broken pavement, loose guard rails or malfunctioning traffic lights can cause truck accidents. Governments have a responsibility to maintain the safety of our roadways and when they fail in that duty you may be able to seek compensation from them with the help of veteran and knowledgeable Bonne Terre, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors hired to repair the hazards poorly may also be held accountable.

Do I Need Bonne Terre, MO Truck Crash Lawyers?

If a negligent person or organization injured you, then you absolutely need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have highly-paid defense teams that will do everything in their power to lower your compensation. The catastrophic consequences of truck accidents go far beyond a normal claim between two civilian motorists that you might be able to deal with without an attorney. Your Bonne Terre, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law understand how to effectively value, negotiate and recover for you the compensation you are entitled to. Aside from handling insurance companies, seasoned and skilled truck crash lawyers will:

  • Obtain and analyze evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Surveillance from the truck's cab
    • Nearby surveillance footage
    • Eyewitness depositions
    • Police reports
    • The scene of the accident
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Handle all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Review your medical records
  • Work with medical and truck crash experts to determine liability and correctly calculate the value of your case
  • Keep in constant communication with you
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury if we cannot obtain a fair settlement

Our Bonne Terre, MO truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full compensation you deserve. You owe us no attorney's fees unless we win your case.

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If you have been harmed in a truck accident because someone else was negligent, the devoted and savvy 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 negligence. Let us fight by your side to win you the recovery you are owed. Speak to an attorney today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online to find out more about how the Bonne Terre, 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.