Edwardsville, IL

Truck Crash Lawyers in Edwardsville, IL


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Truck Crash Lawyers Edwardsville, IL. Truck crashes can have ruinous consequences that go well beyond a standard car accident. After sustaining an injury in a truck accident, there's the very real chance that you might have to deal with a mountain of medical costs and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of additional care. If you were hurt because of somebody else's negligence, you need an attorney by your side to make sure you are fairly compensated. The veteran and dedicated Edwardsville, IL truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight by your side and help you recover 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 negligence, call our Edwardsville, IL truck crash lawyers today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation.


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Edwardsville, IL Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Edwardsville, IL motor vehicle accident can lead to disastrous injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck accidents are at particularly high risk due to the force that truck accidents carry at even low speeds. Even though trucks make up only under 5 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were involved in 13.2 percent of traffic related fatalities. In fatal truck accidents, Almost three-quarters 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 have 20-40 percent increased stopping time.

Because truck accidents in Edwardsville, IL are so perilous, there are stringent laws that truck drivers and truck companies must follow. When their negligence in following those rules injures you, you need to get in touch with the Edwardsville, IL truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote to get the financial recovery you are owed.

Who Can My Edwardsville, IL Truck Crash Lawyers Find Liable for My Injuries?

Each truck accident is ]unique, and who we can hold accountable depends on how your specific crash happened. The talented and dependable Edwardsville, IL truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to evaluate truck accidents and find every party we can hold accountable. Below are, in general, some of the parties that are liable in truck crashes.

The Driver

According to the Federal Motor Safety Administration, almost 90 percent of truck accidents are caused by negligent driving. Examples of driver negligence:

  • Distracted driving, including driving while
    • Texting, or otherwise using their phone
    • Eating or drinking
    • Smoking
    • Adjusting climate settings or the radio
    • Not paying attention to the road of them
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while drowsy
  • Drunk driving, or being under the influence of drugs
  • Reckless driving
  • Neglecting to check blind spots
  • Driving well over the speed limit

If you were harmed because of a negligent truck driver, call HK Law'struck crash lawyers today to take the first step in obtaining a full financial recovery for your injuries.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Edwardsville, IL roads that truck drivers do. Semi-trucks can drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and consequently they need to be maintained properly. While trucks are pulled over for inspection, there are simply too many on the Edwardsville, IL roads for the Department of Transportation to be able to verify every semi-truck's safety. That's why systematic maintenance and repairs must be a priority for truck companies.

Furthermore, truck companies have an obligation to take care of their drivers and not overwork them. Some studies demonstrate that drowsy driving impairs a driver more than drunk driving. There are strict regulations regarding the number of miles a truck driver can drive in one day and how often they are supposed to take breaks. The regulations are:

  • An 11-hour driving limit after 10 consecutive hours not driving;
  • A 14-hour driving limit followed by 10 straight hours off duty, even if they were not driving all 14 of those hours;
  • A half-hour 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 straight day period after having 34 or more hours off-duty.

Unfortunately, some Edwardsville, IL truck companies are concerned more about their profits than they do about doing what's right. If you were injured in a truck crash because a driver was fatigued, it may be because they obligated to keep driving even when they were not reasonably able to.

Lastly, truck companies must only hire drivers who are capable of driving safely. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally operate a semi-truck. If a truck company hires a driver who is untrained, has a history of drunk driving 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, anyone that designs or produces trucks has a duty to issue recalls on any component they find to be hazardous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration dictates that any part that creates "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be taken off the market.

Similarly, if a mechanic sees an issue and does not repair it or does not fix it sufficiently, Halvorsen Klote's truck crash lawyers may be able to hold them liable.

The Shipping Company

Cargo needs to be properly loaded so that the truck will not roll over and cargo will not spill out. Uneven weight distribution can lead to roll over accidents. If the shipping company neglected to load their cargo correctly, they may be at fault for your injuries.

Local or State Government

Roadway hazards including potholes, loose guard rails or malfunctioning traffic lights can cause 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 liable with the help of accomplished and knowledgeable Edwardsville, IL truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that fixed the hazards incorrectly may also be held liable.

Do I Need Edwardsville, IL Truck Crash Lawyers?

If a negligent person or organization injured you, then you absolutely need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have highly-paid defense teams that will do everything in their power to decrease your financial recovery. The catastrophic ramifications of truck accidents go well beyond a typical fender bender that you might be able to deal with on your own. Your Edwardsville, IL truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote know how to effectively value, negotiate and recover for you the compensation you are entitled to. Apart from fighting back against the trucking company, accomplished and skilled truck crash lawyers will:

  • Gather and evaluate evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video from inside the truck
    • Close-by surveillance footage
    • Eyewitness depositions
    • Police reports
    • The crash site
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Oversee the entire legal process
  • Review your medical records
  • Work with medical and car wreck experts to determine liability and suitably calculate the value of your damages
  • Keep you consistently updated on the status of your case
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury if the insurance and trucking company will not be reasonable in negotiations

Our Edwardsville, IL 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.

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If you have been harmed in a truck crash through no fault of your own, the committed and skilled 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 negligence. Let us fight on your behalf to win you the recovery you deserve. Speak to an attorney today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online to find out more about how the Edwardsville, IL 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.