Hannibal, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Hannibal, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Hannibal, MO. Truck crashes cause devastating injuries. After suffering an injury in a truck accident, there's the very real chance that you are facing excessive medical bills and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of additional care. If you were hurt because of another person's recklessness, you need an attorney by your side to make sure you are fairly compensated. The experienced and devoted Hannibal, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight on your behalf and get you the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured by a truck driver or trucking company's recklessness, call our Hannibal, MO truck crash lawyers today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online for a no-risk, no-obligation case review.


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Hannibal, MO Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Hannibal, MO motor vehicle accident can lead to devastating injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck crashes are at extremely high risk owing to the sheer size of semi-trucks and the force they carry. Despite making up just under 5 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses caused 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. Most trucks are 20-30 times larger than standard vehicles and have 20-40 percent increased stopping time.

Hannibal, MO truck drivers and their trucking companies have an important responsibility to ensure everyone on the road is safe. When they disregard those rules and you are subsequently injured through no fault of your own, you need to get in touch with the Hannibal, MO truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the financial recovery you are entitled to.

Who Can My Hannibal, MO Truck Crash Lawyers Find Liable for My Injuries?

Each truck accident is ]unique, and the liable parties will differ depending on what caused the crash. The experienced and capable Hannibal, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to evaluate truck accidents and find every party we can hold accountable. The following are, in general, some of the parties that are liable in truck crashes.

The Driver

According to the Federal Motor Safety Administration, almost 90 percent of truck accidents 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
    • Tobacco use
    • Adjusting AC/Heat settings or the radio
    • Not paying attention to the road in front
    • Lost in thought
    • Driving while fatigued
  • Drunk driving, or being under the influence of drugs
  • Reckless driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Speeding

If you were injured because of a negligent truck driver, call Halvorsen Klote'struck crash lawyers today to take the first step in getting a full financial recovery for all of your damages.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Hannibal, MO roads that truck drivers do. Semi-trucks are in constant use and as such the company needs to stay up to date on repairs. While trucks can be pulled over for inspection, they are too numerous for the Department of Transportation to be able to confirm every semi-truck's safety. That's why regular maintenance and repairs must be a priority for the safety for everyone on the road.

Furthermore, truck companies have an obligation 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 concerning how many miles a truck driver can drive in one day and how often they are supposed to take breaks. The regulations are:

  • An 11-hour driving limit after 10 consecutive hours not driving;
  • A 14-hour driving limit followed by 10 consecutive hours not driving, even if they were not driving all 14 of those hours;
  • A half-hour 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.

Sadly, some Hannibal, MO truck companies care more about their bottom line than they do about keeping everyone safe. If you were injured in a truck crash because a driver was tired, it may be because they felt pressure from their bosses to keep driving even when they were not reasonably able to.

Finally, truck companies have a responsibility to only hire qualified drivers. Truck drivers are required to have a Commercial Driver License before they can be hired. If a truck company hires a driver who is untrained, has a history of traffic violation or has another criminal conviction that precludes them from driving a truck, they can be held accountable for their negligent hiring practices.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Anyone involved in the design, manufacture, distribution and sale of trucks has an obligation to make sure they are safe to reach the market. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration dictates that any component 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 correctly, 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 cargo is safely fixed within the truck. Shifting cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and injure you. If the shipping company neglected to load their cargo correctly, you can also file a claim against them.

A Governmental Entity

Dangers in the road like broken pavement, loose guard rails or faulty traffic lights can occasionally result in truck accidents. Governments have a duty to design and maintain roadways safely and when they eschew that duty you may be able to make a claim against them with the help of accomplished and skilled Hannibal, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors hired to repair the hazards insufficiently may also be held responsible.

Do I Need Hannibal, MO Truck Crash Lawyers?

If a negligent person or organization injured you, then you definitely need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have highly-paid defense teams that will put a lot of hours into trying to lower how much money you get. The catastrophic repercussions of truck accidents go well beyond a common claim between two civilian motorists that you might be able to deal with on your own. Your Hannibal, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote understand how to prove exactly how much you are owed and why. Aside from standing up to insurance companies, seasoned and knowledgeable truck crash lawyers will:

  • Acquire and assess evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video from the truck's cab
    • Close-by surveillance footage
    • Eyewitness depositions
    • Police reports
    • The accident site
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Handle all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Go through your medical records
  • Work with medical and motor vehicle accident experts to determine negligence and correctly 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 Hannibal, MO 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 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 because someone else was negligent, the committed and knowledgeable 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 reckless behavior. Let us fight by your side to secure you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online to discover more about how the Hannibal, 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.