Crestwood, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Crestwood, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Crestwood, MO. Truck accidents can have devastating ramifications that go well beyond a prototypical car accident. After receiving an injury in a truck accident, you're probably facing exorbitant medical bills and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further care. If you were harmed because of another person's negligence, you need an attorney by your side to make sure you are fairly compensated. The experienced and committed Crestwood, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight on your behalf and help you receive the compensation you are entitled to. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident through no fault of your own, call our Crestwood, MO truck crash lawyers today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online for a free case review.


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Crestwood, MO Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Crestwood, MO motor vehicle accident can cause disastrous injuries or, in the most tragic cases, wrongful death. People who were injured as the result of truck accidents are at especially high risk because of the force that truck accidents carry at even low speeds. Even though trucks make up just under 5 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were associated with 13.2 percent of fatal crashes. In fatal truck accidents, 72 percent of people killed in truck accidents were occupants of passenger vehicles, not the truck. Trucks are on average 20-30 times larger than standard vehicles and have 20-40 percent increased stopping time.

Crestwood, MO truck drivers and their trucking companies have an important responsibility to ensure everyone on the road is safe. When they break those rules and you are subsequently injured through no fault of your own, you need to get in touch with the Crestwood, MO truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote to get the recovery you are owed.

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

The circumstances of each crash are ]unique, and who we can hold accountable depends on on what caused the crash. The experienced and dependable Crestwood, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote will conduct a full investigation into your crash to 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, nearly nine-tenths of truck accidents are caused by negligent driving. Examples of when a truck driver may be found liable are:

  • Distracted driving, including driving while
    • Texting, or otherwise using their phone
    • Eating or drinking
    • Smoking
    • Adjusting temperature controls or the radio
    • Focusing on something on the side of the road
    • Lost in thought
    • Driving while tired
  • Driving while intoxicated or otherwise impaired
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to check blind spots
  • Driving well over the speed limit

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

The Truck Company

Truck companies can be just as liable as Crestwood, MO truck drivers. Semi-trucks usually drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and because of that can break down frequently. 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 verify every semi-truck's safety. That's why regular maintenance and repairs is essential for the safety for everyone on the road.

Furthermore, truck companies have an obligation to their drivers are not overworked. Some studies demonstrate that drowsy driving impairs a driver more than drunk driving. There are strict rules about 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 straight hours not driving;
  • A 14-hour driving limit followed by 10 consecutive hours not driving, even if they were not on duty 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 being off duty for at least 34 hours.

Sadly, some Crestwood, MO truck companies care more about their bottom line 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 keep driving even when they were not reasonably able to.

Lastly, truck companies have a responsibility to only contract professional drivers. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally operate a semi-truck. If a truck company hires a driver who does not have the correct license, has a history of DWIs or is otherwise unqualified to drive a truck, they are liable for not hiring a qualified driver.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

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

Similarly, if a mechanic notes an issue 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 weight distribution is balanced. Uneven weight distribution could cause the truck to roll-over and injure you. If the shipping company neglected to load their cargo properly, you can also file a claim against them.

Local or State Government

Dangers in the road like potholes, loose guard rails or faulty traffic lights can cause truck accidents. Governments have a duty to keep our roadways safe and when they eschew that duty you may be able to make a claim against them with the help of accomplished and skilled Crestwood, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that repaired the hazards poorly may also be held liable.

Do I Need Crestwood, MO Truck Crash Lawyers?

If you have been injured in a truck crash, then you definitely need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have highly-paid defense teams that will do everything they can to decrease your compensation. The catastrophic ramifications of truck accidents go far beyond a typical fender bender that you might be able to handle yourself. Your Crestwood, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law understand how to prove exactly how much you are owed and why. Apart from fighting back against insurance companies, veteran and knowledgeable truck crash lawyers will:

  • Gather and analyze evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video footage from inside the truck
    • Nearby surveillance footage
    • Eyewitness testimony
    • Police reports
    • The scene of the accident
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Handle the entire legal process
  • Review your medical records
  • Work with medical and auto accident experts to determine liability and correctly determine how much compensation you are owed
  • Keep you consistently updated on the status of your claim
  • Take your case to trial if the insurance and trucking company will not be reasonable in negotiations

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

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If you have been harmed in a truck accident through no fault of your own, the committed and talented 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 recklessness. Let us fight on your behalf to secure you the compensation you are entitled to. Speak to an attorney today at 866-382-4167 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.