Eldon, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Eldon, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Eldon, MO. Truck accidents cause devastating injuries. After being injured in a truck accident, there's the very real likelihood that you might have to deal with excessive medical expenses and possibly even long-term or permanent disability. If you were harmed because of another person's recklessness, you need an attorney by your side to make sure you are fairly compensated. The experienced and devoted Eldon, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight on your behalf and win you the compensation you are owed. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident through no fault of your own, speak to our Eldon, MO truck crash lawyers today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online for a no-risk, no-obligation case review.


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Eldon, MO Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Eldon, MO motor vehicle accident can cause devastating injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck crashes are at especially high risk due to the sheer 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 caused 13.2 percent of fatal crashes. In fatal truck accidents, 72 percent of of fatalities were occupants of passenger vehicles, not the truck. Most trucks are 20-30 times larger than passenger cars and take 20-40 percent more time to come to a complete stop.

Because truck accidents in Eldon, MO are so high-risk, 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 get in touch with the Eldon, MO truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote to get the recovery you deserve.

Who Can My Eldon, MO Truck Crash Lawyers Hold Responsible for My Injuries?

Each truck accident is ]unique, and the liable parties will differ depending on what caused the crash. The knowledgeable and capable Eldon, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote know how to evaluate truck accidents and determine liability. 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 driver error. Examples of when a truck driver may be found responsible are:

  • Distracted driving, including driving while
    • Texting, or using their phone in any manner
    • Eating or drinking
    • Tobacco use
    • Adjusting temperature settings or the radio
    • Not focusing on the road ahead
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while tired
  • Drunk driving, or being under the influence of drugs
  • Reckless driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving too fast for road conditions

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 Eldon, MO roads that truck drivers do. Semi-trucks can drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and because of that can break down quickly. While trucks are often pulled over for inspection, they are too numerous for the Department of Transportation to be able to confirm every semi-truck's safety. That's why systematic maintenance and repairs is essential for truck companies.

In addition, truck companies have an obligation to take care of their drivers and not overwork them. Some studies indicate that driving with less than four hours sleep within 24 hours can be worse than drunk driving. There are firm laws concerning how much truck drivers can drive within a certain period. 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 on duty all 14 of those hours;
  • A 30-minute driving break after eight hours straight hours of driving;
  • 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.

Regrettably, some Eldon, MO truck companies care more about their profits than they do about keeping everyone safe. If a truck driver's drowsy driving caused your injuries, it's possible that they forced to finish a delivery even when it violates federal regulations.

Finally, truck companies have a duty to only hire qualified drivers. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally drive a semi-truck. If a truck company hires somebody who does not have the proper license, has a history of DWIs or has another criminal conviction that precludes them from driving a truck, they are liable for their negligent hiring practices.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Like car manufacturers, anybody that designs or manufactures trucks has a responsibility to make sure they are safe to reach the market. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration dictates that any device that creates "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be recalled.

Similarly, if a mechanic sees a defective component and does not fix it or does not repair it properly, Halvorsen Klote's truck crash lawyers can also file a claim against them.

The Shipping Company

Cargo needs to be correctly loaded so that the weight distribution is balanced. Shifting cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and injure you. If the shipping company neglected to load their cargo correctly, they may be responsible for your injuries.

Local or State Government

Roadway hazards including broken pavement, loose guard rails or faulty traffic lights can sometimes cause truck accidents. Governments have a responsibility to keep our roadways safe and when they fail in that duty you may be able to seek compensation from them with the help of experienced and knowledgeable Eldon, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that repaired the hazards inadequately may also be held responsible.

Do I Need Eldon, MO 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 put a lot of hours into trying to lower your compensation. The catastrophic repercussions of truck accidents go far beyond a normal fender bender that you might be able to handle without an attorney. Your Eldon, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote know how to effectively value, negotiate and recover for you the recovery you deserve. Besides handling insurance companies, accomplished and savvy truck crash lawyers will:

  • Acquire and evaluate evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Surveillance from the truck's cab
    • Close-by surveillance footage
    • Witness statements
    • Police reports
    • The accident site
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Oversee the entire legal process
  • Go through your medical records
  • Work with medical and motor vehicle collision experts to determine negligence and correctly determine how much compensation you are owed
  • Keep in constant communication with you
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury if we cannot obtain a fair settlement

Our Eldon, MO truck crash lawyers know that with medical bills and lost wages, you may be nervous about hiring a lawyer. You owe us no attorney's fees unless we win your case.

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If you have been harmed in a truck crash because someone else was negligent, the dedicated and knowledgeable 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 for you to secure you the compensation you are entitled to. Call us today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online to learn more about how the Eldon, 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.