Truck Crash Lawyers in Fayette, MO
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Truck Crash Lawyers Fayette, MO. Truck accidents can have catastrophic ramifications that go well beyond a standard car crash. After being injured in a truck accident, you're probably facing exorbitant medical bills and possibly even long-term or permanent disability. If you were harmed because of another person's negligence, you do not have to go through your recovery alone. The experienced and devoted Fayette, 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 affected by a truck driver or trucking company's recklessness, call our Fayette, MO truck crash lawyers today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online for a no-risk, no-obligation case evaluation.
Do I Need Fayette, MO Truck Crash Lawyers?
If you have been hurt in a truck crash, then you definitely need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have high-priced insurance policies and their insurance adjusters will put a lot of hours into trying to lower your compensation. The devastating consequences of truck accidents go far beyond a typical claim between two civilian motorists that you might be able to deal with without an attorney. Your Fayette, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to prove exactly how much you are owed and why. Apart from handling the trucking company, seasoned and savvy truck crash lawyers will:
- Acquire and assess evidence, including:
- The truck's black box
- Video from the truck's cab
- Nearby surveillance footage
- Eyewitness depositions
- Police reports
- The accident site
- Employer records
- Maintenance records
- Manage the entire legal process
- Go through your medical records
- Work with medical and truck accident experts to determine liability and suitably determine how much compensation you are owed
- 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 Fayette, MO truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full financial recovery you are owed. We charge no attorney's fees unless you get the full compensation you deserve.
Fayette, MO Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics
Any Fayette, MO motor vehicle accident can cause devastating injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. People who were injured as the result of truck crashes are at particularly high risk due to the force that truck accidents carry both on city roads and on highways. Even though trucks account for just 4 percent of registered vehicles, trucks cause 9 percent of fatal accidents. 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 typical vehicles and have 20-40 percent increased stopping time.
Fayette, MO truck drivers and their trucking companies have a tremendous responsibility to ensure everyone on the road is safe. When their negligence in following those rules injures you, you need to reach out to the Fayette, MO truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the recovery you are owed.
What Damages Are Available For My Fayette, MO Truck Accident?
There are three types of compensation that you can receive after a truck accident: economic damages, non-economic damages and, depending on the specifics of your injuries, punitive damages.
Economic damages offer you a recovery for the financial harm you've suffered because of your accident. Examples include:
- Property damage
- Medical bills, including
- Emergency care
- Other appointments
- Braces or other assistive devices
- Chiropractic appointments or physical therapy
- Any anticipated future expenses, such as further surgeries
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential if your injuries result in permanent disability
- Out-of-pocket expenses like transportation to and from medical appointments
Non-economic damages offer you a recovery for the less tangible ways your life has been affected, like the physical and emotional pain of your injuries. Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of ability to enjoy life
- Physical impairment
- Loss of consortium
Punitive damages are rarely awarded and are reserved for cases where the part responsible for your injuries was grossly negligent, for example, if a truck driver was driving drunk.
How much your personal injury claim is worth depends on the severity of your injuries, how they have affected your life and the talent of your truck crash lawyers. Speak to an attorney at Halvorsen Klote today at 866-382-4167 to learn more about what we can do for you.
Who Can My Fayette, MO Truck Crash Lawyers Hold Accountable for My Injuries?
The circumstances of each crash are different, and who we can hold accountable depends on how and why your specific crash happened. The knowledgeable and dependable Fayette, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to evaluate truck accidents and find every party we can hold accountable. The following are some of the common causes of truck accidents and the people and organizations our truck crash lawyers can seek compensation from.
According to the Federal Motor Safety Administration, 87 percent of truck accidents are caused by driver error. Examples of driver negligence:
- Distracted driving, including driving while
- Texting, or using their phone in any manner
- Eating or drinking
- Changing AC/Heat settings or the radio
- Paying attention to something on the side of the road
- Driving while drowsy
- Driving drunk or otherwise impaired
- Reckless driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Driving too fast for road conditions
If you were harmed because of a negligent truck driver, call HK Law's semi-truck accident lawyers today to take the first step in obtaining justice for all of your damages.
The Truck Company
Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Fayette, MO roads that truck drivers do. Semi-trucks ordinarily drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and consequently they need to be maintained properly. While trucks are pulled over for inspection, they are too numerous for the Department of Transportation to be able to ensure every semi-truck's safety. That's why consistent maintenance and repairs is essential for truck companies.
Additionally, 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 firm regulations concerning the amount of miles a truck driver can drive in one day and how often they are supposed to take breaks. The hours of service regulations are:
- An 11-hour driving limit after 10 consecutive hours off duty;
- A 14-hour driving limit followed by 10 consecutive hours not driving, even if they were not on duty 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 consecutive days, and a driver may only restart the 7/8 consecutive day period after being off duty for at least 34 hours.
Unfortunately, some Fayette, MO truck companies are concerned more about their bottom line than they do about doing what's right. If a truck driver's drowsy driving caused your injuries, it's possible that they obligated to finish a delivery even when they were not reasonably able to.
Finally, truck companies must only hire drivers who are capable of driving safely. Truck drivers are required to have a Commercial Driver License in order to legally operate 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 practices.
The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics
Like car manufacturers, anyone that designs or manufactures trucks has a responsibility to make sure they are safe to reach the market. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that any part that carries "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be taken off the market.
Similarly, if a mechanic notices a safety hazard and does not fix it or does not fix it sufficiently, HK Law's truck crash lawyers may be able to hold them responsible.
The Shipping Company
Cargo needs to be properly loaded so that the cargo is safely affixed within the truck. Uneven weight distribution can lead to roll over accidents. If the shipping company neglected to guarantee the safety of their shipping practices, they may be at fault for your injuries.
A Governmental Entity
Roadway hazards like broken pavement, loose guard rails or faulty traffic lights can cause truck accidents. Governments have an obligation to design and maintain roadways safely and when they neglect that duty you may be able to seek compensation from them with the help of veteran and knowledgeable Fayette, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that fixed the hazards poorly may also be included in your claim.
The personal injury lawyers at HK Law have experience arguing and winning a wide scope of personal injury cases. Check out the links below to see more about the services we offer.
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Contact Your Fayette, MO Truck Crash Lawyers Today | HK Law
If you have been injured in a truck crash through no fault of your own, the devoted 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 negligence. Let us fight for you to secure you the recovery you are entitled to. Call us today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online to discover more about how the Fayette, MO truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote can help you.
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.
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.