Madison, IL

Truck Crash Lawyers in Madison, IL


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Truck Crash Lawyers Madison, IL. Truck accidents can have ruinous consequences that go well beyond a typical car crash. After receiving 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 harmed because of someone else's reckless actions, you should not have to go through your recovery alone. The experienced and devoted Madison, IL truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight for you and help you receive the compensation you need 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 Madison, IL truck crash lawyers today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online for a complimentary case review.


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Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Madison, IL motor vehicle accident can result in devastating injuries or, in the most tragic cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck crashes are at especially high risk because of the utter size of semi-trucks and the force they expel. Even though trucks make up just 4.6 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were part of 13.2 percent of fatal accidents. 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 heavier than typical vehicles and take 20-40 percent longer to come to a complete stop.

Madison, IL truck drivers and their trucking companies have an enormous obligation to ensure everyone on the road is safe. Because truck accidents are so high-risk, there are stringent rules 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 contact the Madison, IL truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the recovery you deserve.

Who Can My Madison, IL 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 Madison, IL 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
    • Using tobacco
    • Changing AC/Heat controls or the radio
    • Paying attention to something on the side of the road
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while fatigued
  • Driving while drunk or 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 adequately and disregarded your safety, call HK Law's truck crash lawyers today to take the first step in securing justice for your injuries and great financial compensation.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Madison, IL roads that trick drivers do. Semi-trucks frequently drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and as such can break down rapidly. While trucks are pulled over for inspection, there are simply too many on the Madison, IL roads for the Department of Transportation to be able to verify every semi-truck's safety. That's why consistent maintenance and repairs is essential for truck companies.

In addition, truck companies have an obligation to take care of their drivers and not obligate them to drive too long. Some studies suggest that drowsy driving can be worse than drunk driving. There are firm laws regarding the amount 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 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 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 straight day period after having 34 or more hours off-duty.

Regrettably, some Madison, IL 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 fatigued, it may be because they obligated to complete a delivery even when they had already exceeded driving limits.

Finally, 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 somebody who does not have the correct license, 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, anybody that designs or produces trucks has a responsibility to issue recalls on any device they find to be unsafe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration dictates that any component that carries "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 correctly, 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 secured within the truck. Unequal weight distribution or loose cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and hurt you. If the shipping company did not load their cargo correctly, they may be responsible for your injuries.

Local or State Government

Roadway hazards such as broken pavement, loose guard rails or faulty traffic lights can sometimes result in truck accidents. Governments have a duty to maintain the safety of our roadways and when they eschew that duty you may be able to hold them liable with the help of accomplished and talented Madison, IL truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that repaired the hazards poorly may also be held liable.

Do I Need Truck Crash Lawyers?

If you have been injured in a truck accident, then you unquestionably need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have high-priced insurance policies and their insurance adjusters will do everything they can to lessen your compensation. The ruinous ramifications of truck accidents go far beyond a typical fender bender that you might be able to deal with on your own. Your Madison, IL truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to suitably value, negotiate and recover for you the compensation you are entitled to. Other than handling insurance companies, experienced and talented truck crash lawyers will:

  • Acquire and evaluate evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Surveillance from the truck's ca
    • Nearby surveillance video
    • Witness statements
    • Police reports
    • The accident site
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Handle all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Review you medical records
  • Work with medical and auto collision experts to determine liability and correctly calculate the value of your damages
  • 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 Madison, IL truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full compensation you are owed. 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 scope of personal injury cases. Check out the links below to see more about the services we offer.


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

If you have been harmed in a truck accident through no fault of your own, the committed and talented truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote will take up your case. You should not have to worry about costly medical bills and lost wages because of somebody else's recklessness. Let us fight for you to secure you the recovery you are entitled to. Call us today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online to find out more about how the Madison, 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.


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.