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Truck Crash Lawyers in Lebanon, IL


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Truck Crash Lawyers Lebanon, IL. Truck accidents cause devastating injuries. After being injured in a truck accident, you're probably facing excessive medical bills and possibly even long-term or permanent disability. If you were injured because of another person's reckless actions, you need an attorney by your side to make sure you are fairly compensated. The accomplished and dedicated Lebanon, IL truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight by your side and win you the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident through no fault of your own, reach out to our Lebanon, IL truck crash lawyers today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online for a free consultation.


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Lebanon, IL Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Lebanon, IL motor vehicle accident can lead to catastrophic injuries or, in the most tragic cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck crashes are at extremely high risk due to the utter size of semi-trucks and the force they carry. Despite making up 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, 72 percent of of fatalities were occupants of other vehicles, not the truck. Most trucks are 20-30 times more massive than conventional vehicles and take 20-40 percent more time to come to a complete stop.

Lebanon, IL truck drivers and their trucking companies have an immense responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. When their negligence in following those rules injures you, you need to get in touch with the Lebanon, IL truck crash lawyers of HK Law to stand up the the trucking company and insurance company.

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

The circumstances of each crash are ]unique, and the liable parties will differ depending how your specific crash happened. The talented and dependable Lebanon, IL truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote know how to evaluate truck accidents and determine liability. Below are some of the people and organizations 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 accidents are caused by negligent driving. Examples of driver negligence:

  • Distracted driving, including driving while
    • Texting, or otherwise using their phone
    • Eating or drinking
    • Tobacco use
    • Changing climate controls or the radio
    • Paying attention to something on the side of the road
    • Lost in thought
    • Driving while tired
  • Drunk driving, or being under the influence of drugs
  • Aggressive driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving well over the speed limit

If you were harmed because a truck driver did not do their job properly and didn't care about your safety, call Halvorsen Klote'struck crash lawyers today to start on your path to securing great financial compensation for all of your damages.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Lebanon, IL roads that truck drivers do. Semi-trucks are in constant use and consequently the company needs to stay up to date on repairs. While trucks are often pulled over for inspection, there are simply too many on the Lebanon, IL roads for the Department of Transportation to be able to monitor every single truck. That's why systematic maintenance and repairs must be a priority for truck companies.

Additionally, truck companies have a responsibility to their drivers are not overworked. Some studies indicate that driving with less than four hours sleep within 24 hours impairs a driver more than drunk driving. There are strict laws 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 not driving;
  • 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 consecutive days, and a driver may only restart the 7/8 straight day period after being off duty for at least 34 hours.

Regrettably, some Lebanon, IL truck companies are concerned more about their profits than they do about doing what's right. If you were injured in a truck crash because a driver was fatigued, it's possible that they forced to complete a delivery even when it violates federal regulations.

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 is untrained, has a history of DWIs 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 part they find to be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that any device that creates "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be recalled.

Similarly, if a mechanic observes a safety hazard and does not repair it or does not fix it adequately, HK Law's truck crash lawyers can also file a claim against them.

The Shipping Company

Cargo needs to be properly loaded so that the cargo is safely secured within the truck. Shifting cargo can lead to roll over accidents. If the shipping company neglected to guarantee the safety of their shipping practices, you can also file a claim against them.

A Governmental Entity

Roadway hazards such as potholes, loose guard rails or defective traffic lights can cause truck accidents. Governments have a responsibility to keep our roadways safe and when they eschew that duty you may be able to seek compensation from them with the help of veteran and talented Lebanon, IL truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors hired to repair the hazards insufficiently may also be held responsible.

Is it Worth it to Get Lebanon, 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 highly-paid defense teams that will put a lot of hours into trying to lower your financial recovery. The catastrophic repercussions of truck accidents go far beyond a typical fender bender that you might be able to deal with without an attorney. Your Lebanon, IL truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote understand how to prove exactly how much you are owed and why. Other than fighting back against the trucking company, veteran and skilled truck crash lawyers will:

  • Gather and evaluate evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video footage from inside the truck
    • Nearby surveillance video
    • Eyewitness testimony
    • Police reports
    • The crash site
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Oversee the entire legal process
  • Review your medical records
  • Work with medical and car accident experts to determine negligence and correctly determine how much compensation you are owed
  • Keep in constant communication with you
  • Take your case to trial if we cannot secure a fair settlement offer

Our Lebanon, IL truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full financial recovery 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 scope of personal injury cases. Check out the links below to see what other cases we take on.


Contact Your Lebanon, IL Truck Crash Lawyers Today | HK Law

If you have been injured in a truck crash through no fault of your own, the devoted and savvy 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 reckless behavior. Let us fight by your side to secure you the recovery you are owed. Speak to an attorney today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online to learn more about how the Lebanon, 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.