Clayton, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Clayton, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Clayton, MO. Truck accidents can have catastrophic ramifications that go far beyond a standard car crash. After sustaining an injury in a truck accident, there's the very real possibility that you might have to deal with exorbitant medical costs and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further treatment. If you were hurt because of another person's negligence, you should not have to go through your recovery alone. The accomplished and devoted Clayton, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight by your side and get you 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 recklessness, call our Clayton, MO truck crash lawyers today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online for a free consultation.


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Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Clayton, MO motor vehicle accident can cause disastrous injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck accidents are at extremely high risk because of the mere size of semi-trucks and the force they expel. Even though trucks make up just 4.6 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were associated with 13.2 percent of fatal accidents. 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 typical vehicles and take 20-40 percent more time to reach a complete stop.

Clayton, MO truck drivers and their trucking companies have a tremendous duty to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Because truck accidents are so dangerous, there are stringent regulations that truck drivers and truck companies must comply with. When they disregard those rules and you are subsequently injured through no fault of your own, you need to get in touch with the Clayton, MO truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the compensation you are entitled to.

Who Can My Clayton, MO 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 Clayton, 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
    • Not paying attention to the road ahead
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while drowsy
  • 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 properly and didn't care about your safety, call HK Law's truck crash lawyers today to take the first step in getting justice for your injuries and great financial compensation.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Clayton, MO roads that trick drivers do. Semi-trucks often drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and as such can come into disrepair quickly. While trucks are pulled over for inspection, there are simply too many on the Clayton, MO roads 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 an obligation to take care of their drivers and not obligate them to drive too long. Some studies suggest that drowsy driving can be worse than drunk driving. There are strict regulations about the amount 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 consecutive 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 straight day period after having 34 or more hours off-duty.

Unfortunately, some Clayton, 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 tired, it may be because they felt pressure from their bosses to complete a delivery even when they had already exceeded driving limits.

Lastly, truck companies have an obligation to only contract qualified drivers. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally drive a semi-truck. If a truck company hires someone who is untrained, has a history of drunk driving or is otherwise unqualified to drive a truck, they can be held to blame for their negligent hiring practices.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Like car manufacturers, any company that designs or manufactures trucks has an obligation to issue recalls on any component 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 defective component and does not repair it or does not repair it properly, HK Law's truck crash lawyers may be able to hold them liable.

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 unattached cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and harm you. If the shipping company did not load their cargo properly, they may be at fault for your injuries.

Local or State Government

Roadway hazards including potholes, loose guard rails or defective traffic lights can frequently leads to truck accidents. Governments have a duty 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 accomplished and talented Clayton, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that repaired the hazards insufficiently may also be held responsible.

Do I Need Truck Crash Lawyers?

If you have been harmed in a truck accident, then you definitely 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 financial recovery. The catastrophic ramifications of truck accidents go well beyond a common fender bender that you might be able to deal with yourself. Your Clayton, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to effectively value, negotiate and recover for you the recovery you are entitled to. Apart from dealing with insurance companies, experienced and talented truck crash lawyers will:

  • Obtain and assess evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Surveillance from inside the truck
    • Close-by surveillance video
    • Witness statements
    • Police reports
    • The scene of the accident
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Handle all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Review you medical records
  • Work with medical and car crash experts to determine negligence and correctly calculate the value of your claim
  • Keep you consistently updated on the status of your case
  • Take your case to trial if we cannot secure a fair settlement offer

Our Clayton, MO truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full financial recovery you are entitled to. 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 hurt in a truck accident 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 reckless actions. Let us fight by your side to win you the recovery you deserve. Call us today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online to learn more about how the Clayton, 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.