Maryland Heights, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Maryland Heights, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Maryland Heights, MO. Truck accidents can have devastating consequences that go well beyond a prototypical car crash. After being injured in a truck accident, there's the very real possibility that you are facing exorbitant medical expenses and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further treatment. 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 experienced and devoted Maryland Heights, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight on your behalf and win you the compensation you are owed. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident through no fault of your own, reach out to our Maryland Heights, MO truck crash lawyers today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online for a free case review.


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Maryland Heights, MO Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Maryland Heights, MO motor vehicle accident can lead to disastrous injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck crashes are at especially 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 were associated with 13.2 percent of fatal crashes. In fatal truck accidents, Almost three-quarters of of fatalities were occupants of other vehicles, not the truck. Most trucks are 20-30 times larger than typical vehicles and take 20-40 percent more time to reach a complete stop.

Because truck accidents in Maryland Heights, MO are so dangerous, there are stringent rules that truck drivers and truck companies must act in accordance with. When their negligence in following those rules injures you, you need to reach out to the Maryland Heights, MO truck crash lawyers of HK Law to stand up the the trucking company and insurance company.

Who Can My Maryland Heights, MO Truck Crash Lawyers Hold Accountable for My Injuries?

The circumstances of each crash are ]unique, and the liable parties will differ depending on what caused the crash. The talented and dependable Maryland Heights, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law will conduct a full investigation into your crash to find every party we can hold accountable. Below 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 the result of negligent driving. 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
    • Using tobacco
    • Adjusting climate controls or the radio
    • Not focusing on the road in front
    • Lost in thought
    • Driving while tired
  • Driving while intoxicated or otherwise impaired
  • Reckless driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving well over the speed limit

If you were injured because a truck driver did not do their job properly and disregarded your safety, call HK Law'struck crash lawyers today to start on your path to getting justice for your injuries.

The Truck Company

Truck companies can be just as liable as Maryland Heights, MO truck drivers. Semi-trucks are in constant use and because of that the company needs to stay up to date on repairs. While trucks can be pulled over for inspection, they are too numerous for the Department of Transportation to be able to ensure every semi-truck's safety. That's why regular maintenance and repairs must be a priority for the safety for everyone on the road.

In addition, 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 regarding 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 not driving;
  • A 14-hour driving limit followed by 10 consecutive hours not driving, even if they were not on duty all 14 of those hours;
  • A half-hour driving break after eight hours straight hours of driving;
  • A 60/70-hour limit in 7/8 straight days, and a driver may only restart the 7/8 consecutive day period after having 34 or more hours off-duty.

Sadly, some Maryland Heights, MO truck companies care more about their bottom line than they do about keeping everyone safe. If you were injured in a truck crash because a driver was drowsy, it's possible that they obligated to keep driving even when it violates federal regulations.

Finally, truck companies have an obligation to only hire professional drivers. Truck drivers are required to have a Commercial Driver License before they can be hired. If a truck company hires somebody who is untrained, has a history of drunk driving or is otherwise unqualified to drive a truck, they can be held responsible for not hiring a qualified driver.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Like car manufacturers, anyone that designs or produces trucks has an obligation to make sure they are safe to reach the market. 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 notes a safety hazard and does not repair it or does not fix it sufficiently, Halvorsen Klote's truck crash lawyers can also file a claim against them.

The Shipping Company

Cargo needs to be properly loaded so that the weight distribution is balanced. Uneven weight distribution could cause the truck to roll-over and injure you. If the shipping company neglected to load their cargo properly, they may be at fault for your injuries.

A Governmental Entity

Dangers in the road such as broken pavement, loose guard rails or defective traffic lights can cause truck accidents. Governments have a responsibility to maintain the safety of our roadways and when they neglect that duty you may be able to seek compensation from them with the help of accomplished and talented Maryland Heights, MO truck crash lawyers. Construction companies hired to repair the hazards inadequately may also be held accountable.

Do I Need Maryland Heights, MO 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 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 far beyond a typical fender bender that you might be able to manage without an attorney. Your Maryland Heights, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote know how to prove exactly how much you are owed and why. Other than dealing with insurance companies, experienced and talented truck crash lawyers will:

  • Obtain and analyze evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video footage from the truck's cab
    • Nearby surveillance video
    • Eyewitness testimony
    • Police reports
    • The accident site
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Oversee all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Go through your medical records
  • Work with medical and truck collision experts to determine negligence and properly calculate the value of your claim
  • Keep in constant communication with you
  • Take your case to trial if we cannot obtain a fair settlement

Our Maryland Heights, MO truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full compensation you deserve. You owe us no attorney's fees unless we win your case.

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If you have been harmed in a truck accident because someone else was negligent, the committed and savvy truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote will take up your case. You should not have to worry about exorbitant medical bills and lost wages because of somebody else's recklessness. Let us fight on your behalf to win you the recovery you are entitled to. Speak to an attorney today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online to find out more about how the Maryland Heights, 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.