Granite City, IL

Truck Crash Lawyers in Granite City, IL


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Truck Crash Lawyers Granite City, IL. Truck accidents can have ruinous consequences that go well beyond a prototypical car accident. After being injured in a truck accident, there's the very real likelihood that you are facing exorbitant medical bills and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further care. If you were injured because of someone else's recklessness, there's no reason you should have to go through your recovery alone. The experienced and devoted Granite City, IL truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight for you and help you receive 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 thoughtlessness, call our Granite City, IL truck crash lawyers today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online for a free consultation.


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Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Granite City, IL motor vehicle accident can lead to devastating injuries or, in the most tragic cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck crashes are at extremely high risk because of the utter size of semi-trucks and the force they expel. Despite making up just 4.6 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were part of 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 larger than typical vehicles and take 20-40 percent more time to reach a complete stop.

Granite City, IL truck drivers and their trucking companies have a tremendous duty to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Because truck accidents are so dangerous, there are strict regulations that truck drivers and truck companies must comply with. When they do not respect those rules and you are subsequently injured through no fault of your own, you need to call the Granite City, IL truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the compensation you deserve.

Who Can My Granite City, 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 Granite City, 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
    • Adjusting AC/Heat settings or the radio
    • Not focusing on the road ahead
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while drowsy
  • Driving while intoxicated or 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 disregarded 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 Granite City, IL roads that trick drivers do. Semi-trucks frequently drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and consequently they can break down rapidly. While trucks are often pulled over for inspection, they are too numerous for the Department of Transportation to be able to verify every semi-truck's safety. That's why consistent maintenance and repairs should be a priority for truck companies.

Furthermore, truck companies have a duty to take care of their drivers and not obligate them to drive too long. Some studies suggest that drowsy driving impairs a driver more than drunk driving. There are stringent regulations regarding the number of miles a truck driver can drive in one day and how often they need 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 consecutive 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 Granite City, 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 complete a delivery even when they had already exceeded driving limits.

Lastly, truck companies have a duty 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 a driver who is untrained, has a history of drunk driving or is otherwise unqualified to drive a truck, they can be held to blame for their negligent hiring practices.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Like car manufacturers, any company that designs or manufactures trucks has an obligation to issue recalls on any part they find to be hazardous. 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 observes a faulty part and does not repair it or does not fix it correctly, HK Law's truck crash lawyers may be able to hold them liable.

The Shipping Company

Cargo needs to be correctly loaded so that the weight distribution is balanced and the cargo is safely secured within the truck. Uneven weight distribution or unattached cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and injure you. If the shipping company neglected to load their cargo properly, they may be at fault for your injuries.

Local or State Government

Roadway hazards like broken pavement, loose guard rails or defective traffic lights can frequently leads to truck accidents. Governments have an obligation to maintain the safety of our roadways and when they eschew that duty you may be able to hold them liable with the help of accomplished and skilled Granite City, IL truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that repaired 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 definitely need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have costly insurance policies and their insurance adjusters will do everything in their power to minimize your compensation. The catastrophic ramifications of truck accidents go far beyond a typical fender bender that you might be able to handle yourself. Your Granite City, IL truck crash lawyers at HK Law understand how to suitably value, negotiate and recover for you the recovery you are entitled to. Aside from handling insurance companies, seasoned and talented truck crash lawyers will:

  • Obtain and evaluate evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video footage from inside the truck
    • Nearby surveillance footage
    • Witness statements
    • Police reports
    • The scene of the accident
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Oversee all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Review you medical records
  • Work with medical and car wreck experts to determine negligence and correctly calculate the value of your damages
  • Keep you consistently updated on the status of your claim
  • Take your case to trial if we cannot secure a fair settlement offer

Our Granite City, IL truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full compensation you are owed. You owe us 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.


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If you have been hurt in a truck crash through no fault of your own, the dedicated and savvy truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote will take up your case. You should not have to worry about outrageous medical expenses and lost wages because of somebody else's negligence. Let us fight for you 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 Granite City, 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.