Fairview Heights, IL

Truck Crash Lawyers in Fairview Heights, IL


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Truck Crash Lawyers Fairview Heights, IL. Truck accidents can have devastating ramifications that go well beyond a typical car crash. After being injured in a truck accident, there's the very real possibility that you are facing exorbitant medical costs and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further treatment. If you were hurt because of somebody else's reckless behavior, there's no reason you should have to go through your recovery alone. The accomplished and devoted Fairview Heights, IL truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight by your side and help you receive the compensation you need to be made whole again. If you or a loved one has been impacted by a truck driver or trucking company's carelessness, call our Fairview Heights, IL 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 Fairview Heights, IL motor vehicle accident can lead to catastrophic injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck accidents are at extremely high risk owing to the utter size of semi-trucks and the force they expel. Despite accounting for only 4.6 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were involved in 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 heavier than standard vehicles and take 20-40 percent longer to reach a complete stop.

Fairview Heights, IL truck drivers and their trucking companies have an immense obligation to ensure everyone on the road is safe. Because truck accidents are so dangerous, there are strict laws that truck drivers and truck companies must observe. When they disregard those rules and you are subsequently injured through no fault of your own, you need to reach out to the Fairview Heights, IL truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the financial recovery you are entitled to.

Who Can My Fairview Heights, IL 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 Fairview Heights, IL 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
    • Using tobacco
    • Changing AC/Heat controls or the radio
    • Focusing on something on the side of the road
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while tired
  • 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 adequately and didn't care about your safety, call HK Law's truck crash lawyers today to take the first step in winning justice for your injuries and fair financial compensation.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Fairview Heights, IL roads that trick drivers do. Semi-trucks ordinarily drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and as such can come into disrepair rapidly. While trucks are pulled over for inspection, there are simply too many on the Fairview Heights, IL roads for the Department of Transportation to be able to ensure every semi-truck's safety. That's why consistent maintenance and repairs must be a priority for truck companies.

In addition, 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 stringent rules regarding the amount of miles a truck driver can drive in one day and how often they are supposed 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 straight hours without a 30-minute break;
  • A 60/70-hour limit in 7/8 consecutive days, and a driver may only restart the 7/8 consecutive day period after having 34 or more hours off-duty.

Unfortunately, some Fairview Heights, IL 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 finish a delivery even when they had already exceeded driving limits.

Lastly, truck companies have a responsibility to only contract professional drivers. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally drive a semi-truck. If a truck company hires somebody who is untrained, has a history of drunk driving 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 dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that any component that carries "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be recalled.

Similarly, if a mechanic sees a faulty component and does not repair it or does not repair it correctly, 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 affixed within the truck. Unequal weight distribution or loose cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and injure you. If the shipping company neglected to load their cargo properly, they may be to blame for your injuries.

Local or State Government

Roadway hazards such as broken pavement, loose guard rails or faulty traffic lights can frequently 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 experienced and knowledgeable Fairview Heights, IL truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that fixed the hazards inadequately may also be held liable.

Do I Need Truck Crash Lawyers?

If you have been harmed in a truck crash, then you absolutely need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have high-priced insurance policies and their insurance adjusters will do everything they can to lessen your financial recovery. The devastating consequences of truck accidents go well beyond a typical fender bender that you might be able to manage yourself. Your Fairview Heights, IL truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to effectively value, negotiate and recover for you the compensation you are entitled to. Besides handling insurance companies, veteran and knowledgeable truck crash lawyers will:

  • Gather and evaluate evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video from inside the truck
    • Close-by surveillance video
    • Witness statements
    • Police reports
    • The scene of the accident
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Handle all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Review you medical records
  • Work with medical and car collision experts to determine negligence and suitably calculate the value of your case
  • 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 Fairview Heights, IL 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 injured in a truck crash through no fault of your own, the devoted and skilled truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote will take up your case. You should not have to worry about exorbitant medical expenses and lost wages because of somebody else's negligence. Let us fight on your behalf to secure you the compensation you are owed. Call us today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online to learn more about how the Fairview Heights, 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.


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.