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Truck Crash Lawyers in Glen Carbon, IL


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Truck Crash Lawyers Glen Carbon, IL. Truck crashes cause devastating injuries. After being injured in a truck accident, you're probably facing exorbitant medical costs and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further treatment. If you were injured because of another person's recklessness, you should not have to go through your recovery alone. The veteran and dedicated Glen Carbon, IL truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight on your behalf and help you recover the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured by a truck driver or trucking company's recklessness, call our Glen Carbon, IL truck crash lawyers today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online for a no-risk, no-obligation case evaluation.


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Glen Carbon, IL Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Glen Carbon, IL motor vehicle accident can lead to catastrophic injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. People who were injured as the result of truck crashes are at extremely high risk because of the sheer size of semi-trucks and the force they carry. Even though trucks account for just 4.6 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses caused 13.2 percent of traffic related deaths. In fatal truck accidents, Almost three-quarters of of fatalities were occupants of passenger vehicles, not the truck. Most trucks are 20-30 times bigger than typical vehicles and have 20-40 percent increased stopping time.

Because truck accidents in Glen Carbon, IL are so dangerous, there are firm regulations that truck drivers and truck companies must comply with. When their negligence in following those rules injures you, you need to call the Glen Carbon, IL truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote to stand up the the trucking company and insurance company.

Who Can My Glen Carbon, IL Truck Crash Lawyers Hold Accountable for My Injuries?

Each truck accident is ]unique, and who we can hold accountable depends on on what caused the crash. The talented and dependable Glen Carbon, IL truck crash lawyers at HK Law will conduct a full investigation into your crash to 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, 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
    • Using tobacco
    • Adjusting climate settings or the radio
    • Not focusing on the road of them
    • Lost in thought
    • Driving while fatigued
  • Drunk driving, or being under the influence of drugs
  • Aggressive driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving well over the speed limit

If you were injured because of a negligent truck driver, call Halvorsen Klote'struck crash lawyers today to start on your journey securing a full financial recovery for your injuries.

The Truck Company

Truck companies can be just as liable as Glen Carbon, IL truck drivers. Semi-trucks generally drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and because of that the company needs to stay up to date on repairs. While trucks can be pulled over for inspection, there are simply too many on the Glen Carbon, IL roads for the Department of Transportation to be able to guarantee every semi-truck's safety. That's why regular maintenance and repairs is essential for truck companies.

Additionally, truck companies have a responsibility to their drivers are not overworked. Some studies demonstrate that drowsy driving can be worse than drunk driving. There are firm regulations regarding how much truck drivers can drive within a certain period. The regulations are:

  • An 11-hour driving limit after 10 consecutive hours off duty;
  • A 14-hour driving limit followed by 10 consecutive hours off duty, even if they were not on duty the entire time;
  • A half-hour 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 Glen Carbon, IL truck companies care more about their miles than they do about keeping everyone safe. If a truck driver's drowsy driving caused your injuries, it may be because they felt pressure from their bosses to complete 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 need a Commercial Driver License before they can be hired. If a truck company hires someone who does not have the appropriate license, has a history of traffic violation or has another criminal conviction that precludes them from driving a truck, they are liable for not hiring a qualified driver.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Anyone involved in the design, manufacture, distribution and sale of trucks has an obligation to issue recalls on any device they find to be unsafe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that any part that creates "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 correct it, 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 can lead to roll over accidents. If the shipping company did not load their cargo properly, they may be to blame for your injuries.

A Governmental Entity

Dangers in the road like broken pavement, loose guard rails or faulty traffic lights can frequently result in truck accidents. Governments have an obligation to maintain the safety of our roadways and when they eschew that duty you may be able to seek compensation from them with the help of veteran and talented Glen Carbon, IL truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors hired to repair the hazards inadequately may also be held accountable.

Is it Worth it to Get Glen Carbon, IL Truck Crash Lawyers?

If a negligent person or organization injured you, then you unquestionably need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have costly insurance policies and their insurance adjusters will put a lot of hours into trying to lower how much money you get. The ruinous repercussions of truck accidents go well beyond a typical fender bender that you might be able to deal with without an attorney. Your Glen Carbon, IL truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to prove exactly how much you are owed and why. In addition to standing up to insurance companies, accomplished and knowledgeable truck crash lawyers will:

  • Acquire and evaluate evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video from inside the truck
    • Close-by surveillance video
    • Witness statements
    • Police reports
    • The accident site
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Manage all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Review your medical records
  • Work with medical and truck wreck experts to determine negligence and properly 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 Glen Carbon, IL truck crash lawyers know that with medical bills and lost wages, you may be nervous about retaining legal representation. You owe us no attorney's fees unless you get the full compensation you deserve.

The personal injury lawyers at HK Law have experience arguing and winning a wide range of personal injury cases. Check out the links below to see more about the services we offer.


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If you have been hurt in a truck accident because someone else was negligent, the committed and skilled truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote will take up your case. You should not have to worry about outrageous medical bills and lost wages because of somebody else's negligence. Let us fight for you to secure you the recovery you are owed. Call us today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online to find out more about how the Glen Carbon, 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.