Chesterfield, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Chesterfield, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Chesterfield, MO. Truck accidents can have catastrophic repercussions that go far beyond a prototypical car crash. After being injured in a truck accident, there's the very real likelihood that you are facing excessive medical expenses and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further treatment. If you were injured because of another person's recklessness, there's no reason you should have to go through your recovery alone. The experienced and dedicated Chesterfield, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight by your side and get 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 carelessness, call our Chesterfield, MO 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 Chesterfield, MO motor vehicle accident can cause devastating injuries or, in the most tragic cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck crashes are at especially high risk because of the mere size of semi-trucks and the force they carry. Despite accounting for just 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.

Chesterfield, MO truck drivers and their trucking companies have a massive duty to ensure everyone on the road is safe. Because truck accidents are so dangerous, there are stringent laws that truck drivers and truck companies must observe. When they disregard those rules and you are subsequently injured through no fault of your own, you need to call the Chesterfield, MO truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the recovery you deserve.

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

Each truck accident is different, and the liable parties will differ depending on what caused the crash. The experienced and dependable Chesterfield, MO 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 otherwise using their phone
    • Eating or drinking
    • Tobacco use
    • Adjusting AC/Heat settings or the radio
    • Focusing on something on the side of the road
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while fatigued
  • Driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Neglecting to check blind spots and other unsafe lane changes
  • Speeding

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 obtaining justice for your injuries and full financial compensation.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Chesterfield, MO roads that trick drivers do. Semi-trucks often drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and consequently they can break down rapidly. While trucks can be pulled over for inspection, there are simply too many on the Chesterfield, MO roads for the Department of Transportation to be able to guarantee every semi-truck's safety. That's why systematic maintenance and repairs is essential for truck companies.

Furthermore, truck companies have an obligation to take care of their drivers and not obligate them to drive too long. Some studies demonstrate that drowsy driving impairs a driver more than drunk driving. There are firm regulations about the number of miles a truck driver can drive in one day and how often they are supposed 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 consecutive day period after having 34 or more hours off-duty.

Unfortunately, some Chesterfield, MO 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 obligated to finish a delivery even when they were not reasonably able to.

Lastly, truck companies have an obligation to only hire professional drivers. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally operatea semi-truck. If a truck company hires somebody who does not have the proper license, has a history of drunk driving or is otherwise unqualified to drive a truck, they can be held responsible for their negligent hiring process.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Like car manufacturers, any company that designs or produces trucks has a duty to issue recalls on any component they find to be unsafe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that any device that creates "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be recalled.

Similarly, if a mechanic notes a faulty part and does not repair it or does not repair it properly, 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 affixed within the truck. Uneven weight distribution or unfixed cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and injure you. If the shipping company failed to load their cargo correctly, they may be liable 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 an obligation to maintain the safety of our roadways and when they fail in that duty you may be able to hold them accountable with the help of veteran and skilled Chesterfield, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that repaired the hazards incorrectly may also be held accountable.

Do I Need Truck Crash Lawyers?

If you have been hurt in a truck crash, 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 lower your compensation. The ruinous consequences of truck accidents go far beyond a normal fender bender that you might be able to handle yourself. Your Chesterfield, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to properly value, negotiate and recover for you the recovery you deserve. Aside from handling insurance companies, veteran and skilled truck crash lawyers will:

  • Acquire and assess evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video from the truck's ca
    • Close-by surveillance footage
    • Witness statements
    • Police reports
    • The accident site
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Oversee all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Review you medical records
  • Work with medical and auto wreck experts to determine liability and correctly calculate the value of your case
  • Keep you consistently updated on the status of your claim
  • Take your case to trial if we cannot secure a fair settlement offer

Our Chesterfield, MO truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full compensation you are entitled to. 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 variety of personal injury cases. Check out the links below to see more about the services we offer.


Contact Your Chesterfield, MO Truck Crash Lawyers Today | HK Law

If you have been injured in a truck accident through no fault of your own, the devoted and skilled truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote will take up your case. You should not have to worry about outrageous medical expenses and lost wages because of somebody else's negligence. Let us fight by your side to secure you the recovery you are entitled to. Call us today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online to learn more about how the Chesterfield, 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.


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.