Festus, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Festus, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Festus, MO. Truck crashes can have devastating ramifications that go well beyond a normal car crash. After being injured in a truck accident, there's the very real chance that you might have to deal with exorbitant medical expenses and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further treatment. If you were injured because of someone else's negligence, you should not have to go through your recovery alone. The veteran and devoted Festus, 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 carelessness, call our Festus, 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 Festus, MO motor vehicle accident can result in catastrophic injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck crashes are at particularly high risk because of the sheer size of semi-trucks and the force they carry. Despite making up just 4.6 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were part of 13.2 percent of fatal wrecks. 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 conventional vehicles and take 20-40 percent longer to come to a complete stop.

Festus, MO truck drivers and their trucking companies have a tremendous obligation to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Because truck accidents are so dangerous, there are stringent rules that truck drivers and truck companies must follow. When they disregard those rules and you are subsequently injured through no fault of your own, you need to contact the Festus, MO truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the financial recovery you are entitled to.

Who Can My Festus, 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 Festus, 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
    • Using tobacco
    • Adjusting AC/Heat controls or the radio
    • Focusing on something on the side of the road
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while fatigued
  • Drunk driving, or being under the influence of drugs
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Failure to check blind spots and other unsafe lane changes
  • Speeding

If you were injured because a truck driver did not do their job properly and didn't care about your safety, call HK Law's truck crash lawyers today to take the first step in securing justice for your injuries and fair financial compensation.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Festus, MO roads that trick drivers do. Semi-trucks generally drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and because of that can break down 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 systematic maintenance and repairs is paramount 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 laws about 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 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 Festus, MO truck companies are concerned 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 felt pressure from their bosses to complete a delivery even when they were not reasonably able to.

Lastly, truck companies have a duty to only hire professional drivers. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally drive a semi-truck. If a truck company hires someone 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, anybody that designs or produces trucks has a duty to issue recalls on any part they find to be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that any device that carries "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be recalled.

Similarly, if a mechanic notes a defective component and does not fix it or does not repair it sufficiently, HK Law's truck crash lawyers may be able to hold them liable.

The Shipping Company

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

Local or State Government

Dangers in the road such as potholes, loose guard rails or malfunctioning traffic lights can sometimes leads to truck accidents. Governments have an obligation to maintain the safety of our roadways and when they fail in that duty you may be able to hold them liable with the help of accomplished and talented Festus, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that repaired the hazards incorrectly may also be held accountable.

Do I Need Truck Crash Lawyers?

If you have been injured in a truck accident, then you definitely need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have costly insurance policies and their insurance adjusters will do everything they can to minimize your financial recovery. The ruinous consequences of truck accidents go far beyond a common fender bender that you might be able to deal with yourself. Your Festus, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law understand how to properly value, negotiate and recover for you the recovery you are entitled to. Other than handling insurance companies, veteran and knowledgeable truck crash lawyers will:

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

Our Festus, MO truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full compensation you deserve. 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 range of personal injury cases. Check out the links below to see more about the services we offer.


Contact Your Festus, MO Truck Crash Lawyers Today | HK Law

If you have been hurt in a truck crash through no fault of your own, the committed and talented truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote will take up your case. You should not have to worry about costly medical expenses and lost wages because of somebody else's reckless behavior. Let us fight by your side to win you the compensation you are entitled to. Call us today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online to discover more about how the Festus, 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.