Hannibal, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Hannibal, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Hannibal, MO. Truck crashes can have ruinous repercussions that go far beyond a typical car crash. After receiving an injury in a truck accident, there's the very real possibility that you might have to deal with exorbitant medical costs and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of additional treatment. If you were hurt because of another person's recklessness, you do not have to go through your recovery alone. The veteran and devoted Hannibal, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight on your behalf and win you the compensation you require to be made whole again. If you or a loved one has been impacted by a truck driver or trucking company's negligence, call our Hannibal, 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 Hannibal, MO motor vehicle accident can result in disastrous injuries or, in the most tragic cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck crashes are at especially high risk owing to the utter size of semi-trucks and the force they carry. Even though trucks make up only 4.6 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were associated with 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 standard vehicles and take 20-40 percent longer to reach a complete stop.

Hannibal, MO truck drivers and their trucking companies have a colossal obligation to ensure everyone on the road is safe. Because truck accidents are so high-risk, there are firm regulations that truck drivers and truck companies must observe. When they break 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 deserve.

Who Can My Hannibal, MO Truck Crash Lawyers Hold Responsible for My Injuries?

Each truck accident is different, and the liable parties will differ depending on what caused the crash. The experienced and dependable Hannibal, 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
    • Tobacco use
    • Adjusting AC/Heat controls or the radio
    • Not paying attention to the road ahead
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while fatigued
  • Drunk driving, or being under the influence of drugs
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Neglecting 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 getting justice for your injuries and fair financial compensation.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Hannibal, MO roads that trick drivers do. Semi-trucks often drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and as such can break down frequently. While trucks are often pulled over for inspection, there are simply too many on the Hannibal, MO roads for the Department of Transportation to be able to verify every semi-truck's safety. That's why consistent maintenance and repairs is paramount 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 indicate that drowsy driving impairs a driver more than drunk driving. There are firm regulations concerning the amount 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 consecutive 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 straight 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 straight day period after having 34 or more hours off-duty.

Sadly, some Hannibal, 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 drowsy, it may be because they obligated 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 someone who is untrained, has a history of drunk driving or is otherwise unqualified to drive a truck, they can be held accountable for their negligent hiring process.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Like car manufacturers, any company that designs or produces trucks has a duty to issue recalls on any part they find to be hazardous. 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 observes a faulty component and does not repair it or does not repair it properly, 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 weight distribution is balanced and the cargo is safely fixed within the truck. Unequal weight distribution or loose cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and harm you. If the shipping company did not load their cargo properly, they may be at fault for your injuries.

Local or State Government

Roadway hazards including potholes, loose guard rails or defective traffic lights can frequently leads to truck accidents. Governments have a duty to keep our roadways safe and when they neglect that duty you may be able to hold them liable with the help of veteran and knowledgeable Hannibal, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that fixed the hazards incorrectly may also be held liable.

Do I Need Truck Crash Lawyers?

If you have been hurt in a truck accident, then you definitely need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have expensive insurance policies and their insurance adjusters will do everything they can to lower your compensation. The ruinous consequences of truck accidents go far beyond a common fender bender that you might be able to deal with yourself. Your Hannibal, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law understand how to effectively value, negotiate and recover for you the compensation you deserve. Other than dealing with insurance companies, veteran and skilled 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 truck wreck 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 obtain a fair settlement

Our Hannibal, MO truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full compensation you are owed. We charge no attorney's fees unless we win your case.

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


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

If you have been hurt in a truck crash through no fault of your own, the dedicated and talented 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 by your side to win you the recovery you are owed. Call us today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online to find out 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.


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.