Des Peres, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Des Peres, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Des Peres, MO. Truck accidents can have devastating ramifications that go far beyond a prototypical car crash. After suffering an injury in a truck accident, there's the very real chance that you are facing exorbitant medical expenses and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further treatment. If you were harmed because of another person's recklessness, there's no reason you should have to go through your recovery alone. The experienced and committed Des Peres, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight on your behalf and win you the compensation you need to be made whole again. If you or a loved one has been injured by a truck driver or trucking company's thoughtlessness, call our Des Peres, MO truck crash lawyers today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation.


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Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Des Peres, MO motor vehicle accident can lead to disastrous injuries or, in the most tragic cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck crashes are at extremely high risk owing to the sheer size of semi-trucks and the force they expel. 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 conventional vehicles and take 20-40 percent longer to come to a complete stop.

Des Peres, MO truck drivers and their trucking companies have an important responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Because truck accidents are so dangerous, there are firm rules that truck drivers and truck companies must act in accordance with. When they disregard those rules and you are subsequently injured through no fault of your own, you need to call the Des Peres, MO truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the compensation you deserve.

Who Can My Des Peres, 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 Des Peres, 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 using their phone in any manner
    • Eating or drinking
    • Tobacco use
    • Changing AC/Heat settings or the radio
    • Paying attention to something on the side of the road
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while tired
  • 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 hurt because a truck driver did not do their job adequately and disregarded your safety, call HK Law's truck crash lawyers today to take the first step in obtaining justice for your injuries and fair financial compensation.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Des Peres, MO roads that trick drivers do. Semi-trucks usually drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and as such can come into disrepair rapidly. While trucks can be pulled over for inspection, they are too numerous for the Department of Transportation to be able to guarantee every semi-truck's safety. That's why consistent 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 indicate that drowsy driving impairs a driver more than drunk driving. There are strict laws concerning 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 straight 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 consecutive day period after having 34 or more hours off-duty.

Unfortunately, some Des Peres, 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 forced to complete a delivery even when they were not reasonably able to.

Lastly, truck companies have a duty 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 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 their negligent hiring process.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

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

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

The Shipping Company

Cargo needs to be correctly loaded so that the weight distribution is balanced and the cargo is safely fixed within the truck. Unbalanced weight distribution or unattached cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and injure you. If the shipping company did not load their cargo properly, they may be liable for your injuries.

Local or State Government

Roadway hazards including potholes, loose guard rails or faulty traffic lights can sometimes cause truck accidents. Governments have a duty to keep our roadways safe and when they fail in that duty you may be able to hold them responsible with the help of accomplished and knowledgeable Des Peres, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that fixed the hazards inadequately may also be held responsible.

Do I Need Truck Crash Lawyers?

If you have been harmed in a truck crash, then you unquestionably need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have expensive insurance policies and their insurance adjusters will do everything they can to minimize your financial recovery. The ruinous ramifications of truck accidents go well beyond a normal fender bender that you might be able to handle yourself. Your Des Peres, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law understand how to suitably value, negotiate and recover for you the compensation you deserve. Other than dealing with insurance companies, veteran and talented truck crash lawyers will:

  • Gather and evaluate evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video from the truck's ca
    • Nearby surveillance footage
    • Witness statements
    • Police reports
    • The scene of the accident
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Oversee all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Review you medical records
  • Work with medical and motor vehicle collision experts to determine negligence and properly calculate the value of your damages
  • Keep you consistently updated on the status of your claim
  • Take your case to trial if we cannot secure a fair settlement offer

Our Des Peres, MO truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full compensation you are owed. 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.


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If you have been hurt in a truck crash through no fault of your own, the committed and savvy truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote will take up your case. You should not have to worry about exorbitant medical bills and lost wages because of somebody else's recklessness. Let us fight for you to win you the compensation you are owed. Call us today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online to find out more about how the Des Peres, 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.