Crestwood, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Crestwood, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Crestwood, MO. Truck accidents can have devastating repercussions that go well beyond a prototypical car accident. After receiving an injury in a truck accident, there's the very real possibility that you might have to deal with a mountain of medical bills and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further care. If you were injured because of someone else's recklessness, you should not have to go through your recovery alone. The experienced and devoted Crestwood, 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 impacted by a truck driver or trucking company's recklessness, call our Crestwood, 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 Crestwood, MO motor vehicle accident can cause disastrous injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck crashes are at particularly high risk due to the sheer size of semi-trucks and the force they carry. Even though trucks make 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 bigger than standard vehicles and take 20-40 percent longer to reach a complete stop.

Crestwood, MO truck drivers and their trucking companies have a colossal responsibility to ensure everyone on the road is safe. Because truck accidents are so high-risk, there are strict regulations that truck drivers and truck companies must comply with. When they break those rules and you are subsequently injured through no fault of your own, you need to reach out to the Crestwood, MO truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the financial recovery you are owed.

Who Can My Crestwood, 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 Crestwood, 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
    • Changing AC/Heat controls or the radio
    • Paying attention to something on the side of the road
    • 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 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 great financial compensation.

The Truck Company

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

Furthermore, truck companies have a duty to take care of their drivers and not overwork them. Some studies suggest that drowsy driving can be worse than drunk driving. There are firm regulations regarding how many 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 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 Crestwood, MO truck companies care 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 complete a delivery even when they were not reasonably able to.

Lastly, truck companies have a duty to only hire professional 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 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 a responsibility to issue recalls on any part they find to be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration dictates that any component that carries "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be recalled.

Similarly, if a mechanic notes a defective part and does not fix it or does not fix it adequately, HK Law's truck crash lawyers may be able to hold them responsible.

The Shipping Company

Cargo needs to be properly loaded so that the weight distribution is balanced and the cargo is safely fastened within the truck. Uneven weight distribution or unattached cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and harm you. If the shipping company neglected to 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 sometimes result in truck accidents. Governments have a duty to maintain the safety of our roadways and when they eschew that duty you may be able to hold them accountable with the help of veteran and skilled Crestwood, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that fixed the hazards inadequately may also be held accountable.

Do I Need Truck Crash Lawyers?

If you have been harmed in a truck accident, then you absolutely need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have expensive insurance policies and their insurance adjusters will do everything they can to lower your compensation. The ruinous ramifications of truck accidents go far beyond a common fender bender that you might be able to handle yourself. Your Crestwood, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law understand how to effectively value, negotiate and recover for you the recovery you deserve. Besides dealing with insurance companies, seasoned and skilled truck crash lawyers will:

  • Acquire and assess evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video from inside the truck
    • Nearby surveillance video
    • 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 car wreck experts to determine liability and correctly calculate the value of your claim
  • Keep you consistently updated on the status of your claim
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury if we cannot secure a fair settlement offer

Our Crestwood, MO truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full financial recovery you are owed. You owe us no attorney's fees unless we win your case.

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


Contact Your Crestwood, 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 talented 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 recklessness. Let us fight by your side to secure you the recovery you are owed. Call us today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online to learn more about how the Crestwood, 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.