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Truck Crash Lawyers in Madison, IL


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Truck Crash Lawyers Madison, IL. Truck accidents can have catastrophic consequences that go well beyond a prototypical car crash. After sustaining an injury in a truck accident, you're probably facing a mountain of medical expenses and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further care. If you were injured because of another person's reckless actions, you should not have to go through your recovery alone. The accomplished and dedicated Madison, IL truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight by your side and get you the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident through no fault of your own, speak to our Madison, IL truck crash lawyers today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation.


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Madison, IL Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Madison, IL motor vehicle accident can result in devastating injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck crashes are at extremely high risk owing to the force that truck accidents carry at even low speeds. Despite accounting for only 4.6 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were part of 13.2 percent of traffic related deaths. In fatal truck accidents, Almost three-quarters of people killed in truck accidents were occupants of passenger vehicles, not the truck. Trucks are on average 20-30 times more massive than passenger cars and have 20-40 percent increased stopping time.

Madison, IL truck drivers and their trucking companies have an immense responsibility to ensure everyone on the road is safe. When their negligence in following those rules injures you, you need to contact the Madison, IL truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the financial recovery you are owed.

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

The circumstances of each crash are different, and who we can hold accountable depends on on what caused the crash. The knowledgeable and dependable Madison, IL truck crash lawyers at HK Law will conduct a full investigation into your crash to 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 driver error. Examples of when a truck driver may be found responsible are:

  • Distracted driving, including driving while
    • Texting, or otherwise using their phone
    • Eating or drinking
    • Smoking
    • Adjusting climate settings or the radio
    • Not focusing on the road ahead
    • Lost in thought
    • Driving while drowsy
  • Drunk driving, or being under the influence of drugs
  • Reckless driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Speeding

If you were injured because of a negligent truck driver, call HK Law'struck crash lawyers today to start on your path to getting full financial compensation for all of your damages.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Madison, IL roads that truck drivers do. Semi-trucks typically drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and as such 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 Madison, IL roads for the Department of Transportation to be able to monitor every single truck. That's why scheduled maintenance and repairs is essential for truck companies.

Furthermore, truck companies have an obligation to take care of their drivers and not obligate them to drive too long. Some studies suggest that driving with less than four hours sleep within 24 hours can be worse than drunk driving. There are firm laws regarding the number of miles a truck driver can drive in one day and how often they are supposed to take breaks. The regulations are:

  • An 11-hour driving limit after 10 consecutive hours not driving;
  • A 14-hour driving limit followed by 10 straight hours not driving, even if they were not driving all 14 of those hours;
  • A 30-minute driving break after eight hours straight hours of driving;
  • 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.

Unfortunately, some Madison, IL truck companies are worried more about their profits than they do about keeping everyone safe. If a truck driver's drowsy driving caused your injuries, it may be because they felt pressure from their bosses to complete a delivery even when they were not reasonably able to.

Finally, truck companies have a duty to only contract qualified drivers. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally operate a semi-truck. If a truck company hires someone who is untrained, has a history of drunk driving or has another criminal conviction that precludes them from driving a truck, they can be held to blame for their negligent hiring practices.

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 notes a defective part and does not correct it, HK Law's truck crash lawyers can also file a claim against them.

The Shipping Company

Cargo needs to be correctly loaded so that the weight distribution is balanced. Uneven weight distribution can lead to roll over accidents. If the shipping company neglected to load their cargo properly, you can also file a claim against them.

A Governmental Entity

Dangers in the road like broken pavement, loose guard rails or faulty traffic lights can cause truck accidents. Governments have a responsibility to maintain the safety of our roadways and when they eschew that duty you may be able to make a claim against them with the help of veteran and skilled Madison, IL truck crash lawyers. Construction companies hired to repair the hazards inadequately may also be held liable.

Do I Need Madison, IL Truck Crash Lawyers?

If you have been harmed in a truck crash, then you definitely 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 how much money you get. The ruinous repercussions of truck accidents go well beyond a common claim between two civilian motorists that you might be able to manage on your own. Your Madison, IL truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote know how to suitably value, negotiate and recover for you the compensation you deserve. In addition to fighting back against the trucking company, experienced and knowledgeable truck crash lawyers will:

  • Gather and evaluate evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video footage from the truck's cab
    • Close-by surveillance footage
    • Eyewitness testimony
    • Police reports
    • The scene of the accident
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Handle the entire legal process
  • Go through your medical records
  • Work with medical and auto accident 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 Madison, IL truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full compensation you deserve. We charge no attorney's fees unless you get the full compensation you deserve.

The personal injury lawyers at HK Law have experience arguing and winning a wide variety of personal injury cases. Check out the links below to see what other cases we take on.


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

If you have been injured in a truck crash because someone else was negligent, the devoted and savvy 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 reckless behavior. Let us fight on your behalf to win you the recovery you deserve. Speak to an attorney today at 866-382-4167 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.