Litchfield, IL

Truck Crash Lawyers in Litchfield, IL


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Truck Crash Lawyers Litchfield, IL. Truck accidents cause devastating injuries. After suffering an injury in a truck accident, you're probably facing a mountain of medical costs and possibly even long-term or permanent disability. If you were harmed because of another person's reckless behavior, you need an attorney by your side to make sure you are fairly compensated. The accomplished and dedicated Litchfield, IL truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight by your side and get you the compensation you are entitled to. If you or a loved one has been injured by a truck driver or trucking company's carelessness, call our Litchfield, IL truck crash lawyers today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online for a no-risk, no-obligation consultation.


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Litchfield, IL Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Litchfield, IL motor vehicle accident can lead to catastrophic injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. People who were injured as the result of truck accidents are at extremely high risk because of the utter size of semi-trucks and the force they expel. Despite making up only under 5 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were associated with 13.2 percent of traffic related deaths. In fatal truck accidents, 72 percent of of fatalities were occupants of other vehicles, not the truck. Trucks are on average 20-30 times more massive than passenger cars and have 20-40 percent increased stopping time.

Litchfield, IL truck drivers and their trucking companies have a colossal responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. When their negligence in following those rules injures you, you need to contact the Litchfield, IL truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote to get the compensation you deserve.

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

Each truck accident is different, and who we can hold accountable depends on on what caused the crash. The experienced and trustworthy Litchfield, IL truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote 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, nearly nine-tenths of truck accidents are caused by negligent driving. Examples of when a truck driver may be found accountable are:

  • Distracted driving, including driving while
    • Texting, or using their phone in any manner
    • Eating or drinking
    • Using tobacco
    • Adjusting temperature settings or the radio
    • Not paying attention to the road of them
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while tired
  • Driving while intoxicated or otherwise impaired
  • Reckless driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving too fast for road conditions

If you were harmed because a truck driver did not do their job properly and disregarded your safety, call Halvorsen Klote'struck crash lawyers today to take the first step in winning great financial compensation for your injuries.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Litchfield, IL roads that truck drivers do. Semi-trucks often drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and as such they need to be maintained properly. While trucks are pulled over for inspection, there are simply too many on the Litchfield, IL roads for the Department of Transportation to be able to confirm every semi-truck's safety. That's why regular maintenance and repairs should be a priority for the safety for everyone on the road.

Additionally, truck companies have a responsibility to their drivers are not overworked. Some studies suggest that drowsy driving can be worse than drunk driving. There are stringent regulations about how many 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 straight hours off duty, even if they were not driving the entire time;
  • 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 consecutive day period after being off duty for at least 34 hours.

Regrettably, some Litchfield, IL truck companies are concerned more about their bottom line than they do about the public's and their own driver's safety. If a truck driver's drowsy driving caused your injuries, it's possible that they felt pressure from their bosses to keep driving even when they had already exceeded driving limits.

Finally, truck companies must only hire drivers who are capable of driving safely. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally operate a semi-truck. If a truck company hires a driver who does not have the correct license, has a history of DWIs or has another criminal conviction that precludes them from driving a truck, they can be held accountable for not hiring a qualified driver.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Anyone involved in the design, manufacture, distribution and sale of trucks has a duty to make sure they are safe to reach the market. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that any part 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 may be able to hold them responsible.

The Shipping Company

Cargo needs to be correctly loaded so that the cargo is safely fixed within the truck. Uneven weight distribution can lead to roll over accidents. If the shipping company failed to load their cargo properly, they may be at fault for your injuries.

Local or State Government

Dangers in the road including potholes, loose guard rails or defective traffic lights can sometimes result in truck accidents. Governments have a duty to design and maintain roadways safely and when they neglect that duty you may be able to hold them liable with the help of experienced and skilled Litchfield, IL truck crash lawyers. Construction companies hired to repair the hazards insufficiently may also be held responsible.

Is it Worth it to Get Litchfield, IL 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 expensive insurance policies and their insurance adjusters will put a lot of hours into trying to lower how much money you get. The ruinous consequences of truck accidents go far beyond a common claim between two civilian motorists that you might be able to deal with without an attorney. Your Litchfield, IL truck crash lawyers at HK Law understand how to suitably value, negotiate and recover for you the compensation you are owed. Other than dealing with the trucking company, accomplished and savvy truck crash lawyers will:

  • Gather and evaluate evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Surveillance from inside the truck
    • Nearby surveillance video
    • Eyewitness depositions
    • Police reports
    • The scene of the accident
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Oversee all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Review your medical records
  • Work with medical and truck wreck experts to determine negligence and properly determine how much compensation you are owed
  • Keep you consistently updated on the status of your claim
  • Take your case to trial if we cannot secure a fair settlement offer

Our Litchfield, IL truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full financial recovery you are owed. We charge no attorney's fees unless you get the full compensation you deserve.

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If you have been hurt in a truck crash through no fault of your own, the devoted and skilled 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 on your behalf to win you the compensation you are owed. Speak to an attorney today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online to find out more about how the Litchfield, 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.