Hazelwood, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Hazelwood, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Hazelwood, MO. Truck crashes can have devastating ramifications that go far beyond a typical car crash. After sustaining an injury in a truck accident, there's the very real possibility that you might have to deal with excessive medical bills and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of additional care. If you were injured because of somebody else's negligence, you do not have to go through your recovery alone. The experienced and dedicated Hazelwood, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight by your side and get you the compensation you require to be made whole again. If you or a loved one has been affected by a truck driver or trucking company's recklessness, call our Hazelwood, MO truck crash lawyers today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online for a free case review.


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Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Hazelwood, MO motor vehicle accident can cause disastrous injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck accidents are at particularly high risk because of the sheer size of semi-trucks and the force they carry. Despite making up only 4.6 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were involved in 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 more massive than conventional vehicles and take 20-40 percent longer to come to a complete stop.

Hazelwood, MO truck drivers and their trucking companies have a colossal responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Because truck accidents are so high-risk, there are stringent regulations 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 call the Hazelwood, MO truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the recovery you are entitled to.

Who Can My Hazelwood, 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 Hazelwood, 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 otherwise using their phone
    • Eating or drinking
    • Using tobacco
    • Changing AC/Heat settings or the radio
    • Paying attention to something on the side of the road
    • 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 winning justice for your injuries and great financial compensation.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Hazelwood, MO roads that trick drivers do. Semi-trucks frequently drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and consequently they can come into disrepair quickly. While trucks are 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 regular maintenance and repairs is paramount for truck companies.

Additionally, truck companies have a responsibility to take care of their drivers and not overwork them. Some studies demonstrate that drowsy driving impairs a driver more than drunk driving. There are strict regulations about the number 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 consecutive 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 straight 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 straight day period after having 34 or more hours off-duty.

Sadly, some Hazelwood, MO 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 finish a delivery even when they were not reasonably able to.

Lastly, truck companies have a responsibility to only contract professional drivers. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally operatea semi-truck. If a truck company hires a driver who is untrained, has a history of DWIs or is otherwise unqualified to drive a truck, they are liable for their negligent hiring practices.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Like car manufacturers, any company that designs or manufactures trucks has a responsibility to issue recalls on any device they find to be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that any part that creates "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be recalled.

Similarly, if a mechanic notices a defective component and does not repair it or does not repair it properly, HK Law's truck crash lawyers may be able to hold them accountable.

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. Uneven weight distribution or unfixed cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and hurt you. If the shipping company neglected to load their cargo properly, they may be at fault for your injuries.

Local or State Government

Dangers in the road such as potholes, loose guard rails or defective traffic lights can sometimes leads to truck accidents. Governments have a duty to maintain the safety of our roadways and when they fail in that duty you may be able to hold them accountable with the help of accomplished and talented Hazelwood, 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 injured in a truck crash, then you absolutely need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have expensive insurance policies and their insurance adjusters will do everything in their power to decrease your financial recovery. The ruinous consequences of truck accidents go well beyond a normal fender bender that you might be able to deal with yourself. Your Hazelwood, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to properly value, negotiate and recover for you the compensation you are entitled to. Other than handling insurance companies, accomplished and savvy truck crash lawyers will:

  • Gather and evaluate evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video from the truck's ca
    • Nearby surveillance video
    • Witness statements
    • Police reports
    • The crash site
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Oversee all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Review you medical records
  • Work with medical and motor vehicle accident experts to determine liability and suitably calculate the value of your claim
  • Keep you consistently updated on the status of your case
  • Take your case to trial if we cannot obtain a fair settlement

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


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

If you have been injured in a truck accident through no fault of your own, the dedicated and knowledgeable 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 recklessness. Let us fight for you to win you the compensation you are owed. Call us today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online to learn more about how the Hazelwood, 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.