Mehlville, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Mehlville, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Mehlville, MO. Truck accidents can have devastating repercussions that go far beyond a prototypical car accident. After being injured in a truck accident, there's the very real possibility that you are facing exorbitant medical costs and possibly even long-term or permanent disability. If you were hurt because of someone else's reckless actions, you do not have to go through your recovery alone. The accomplished and devoted Mehlville, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight by your side and help you recover the compensation you are owed. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident through no fault of your own, speak to our Mehlville, MO truck crash lawyers today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online for a complimentary consultation.


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Mehlville, MO Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Mehlville, MO motor vehicle accident can result in catastrophic injuries or, in the most tragic cases, wrongful death. People who were injured as the result of truck crashes are at particularly high risk owing to the mere 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 caused 13.2 percent of fatal accidents. In fatal truck accidents, 72 percent of people killed in truck accidents were occupants of passenger vehicles, not the truck. Most trucks are 20-30 times heavier than typical vehicles and have 20-40 percent increased stopping time.

Because truck accidents in Mehlville, MO are so high-risk, there are strict regulations that truck drivers and truck companies must comply with. When they do not respect those rules and you are subsequently injured through no fault of your own, you need to contact the Mehlville, MO truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote to stand up the the trucking company and insurance company.

Who Can My Mehlville, MO Truck Crash Lawyers Find Liable for My Injuries?

Each truck accident is different, and the liable parties will differ depending how and why your specific crash happened. The experienced and capable Mehlville, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to evaluate truck accidents and 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 driver negligence:

  • Distracted driving, including driving while
    • Texting, or otherwise using their phone
    • Eating or drinking
    • Smoking
    • Changing climate settings or the radio
    • Focusing on something on the side of the road
    • Lost in thought
    • Driving while tired
  • Driving while drunk or otherwise impaired
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to check blind spots
  • Speeding

If you were hurt because a truck driver did not do their job adequately and disregarded your safety, call HK Law'struck crash lawyers today to take the first step in getting full financial compensation for all of your damages.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Mehlville, MO roads that truck drivers do. Semi-trucks can 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 Mehlville, MO roads for the Department of Transportation to be able to monitor every single truck. That's why regular maintenance and repairs is essential for truck companies.

Furthermore, truck companies have a responsibility to take care of their drivers and not obligate them to drive too long. Some studies indicate that drowsy driving impairs a driver more than drunk driving. There are firm rules concerning 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 off duty;
  • A 14-hour driving limit followed by 10 straight hours not driving, even if they were not on duty 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 consecutive day period after being off duty for at least 34 hours.

Unfortunately, some Mehlville, MO truck companies are concerned more about their miles than they do about the public's and their own driver's safety. 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 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 before they can be hired. If a truck company hires a driver who is untrained, has a history of drunk driving or is otherwise unqualified to drive a truck, they can be held to blame for their negligent hiring process.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Anyone involved in the design, manufacture, distribution and sale of trucks has an obligation to make sure they are safe to reach the market. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that any device that carries "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be recalled.

Similarly, if a mechanic observes a safety hazard and does not fix it or does not fix it properly, HK Law's truck crash lawyers may be able to hold them accountable.

The Shipping Company

Cargo needs to be correctly loaded so that the truck will not roll over and cargo will not spill out. Shifting cargo can lead to roll over accidents. If the shipping company failed to guarantee the safety of their shipping practices, you can also file a claim against them.

Local or State Government

Roadway hazards including broken pavement, loose guard rails or malfunctioning traffic lights can sometimes cause truck accidents. Governments have a duty to design and maintain roadways safely and when they eschew that duty you may be able to hold them accountable with the help of accomplished and knowledgeable Mehlville, MO truck crash lawyers. Construction companies that fixed the hazards incorrectly may also be included in your claim.

Do I Need Mehlville, MO 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 do everything they can to decrease your compensation. The catastrophic ramifications 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 Mehlville, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote know how to properly value, negotiate and recover for you the compensation you deserve. Apart from dealing with the trucking company, seasoned and talented truck crash lawyers will:

  • Gather and evaluate evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video from inside the truck
    • Nearby surveillance video
    • Witness statements
    • Police reports
    • The scene of the accident
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Oversee all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Go through your medical records
  • Work with medical and truck collision experts to determine liability and suitably determine how much compensation you are owed
  • Keep in constant communication with you
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury if the insurance and trucking company will not be reasonable in negotiations

Our Mehlville, MO truck crash lawyers know that with medical bills and lost wages, you may be nervous about retaining legal representation. You owe us no attorney's fees unless you get the full compensation you deserve.

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If you have been harmed in a truck crash through no fault of your own, the committed 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 for you to secure you the compensation you are entitled to. Speak to an attorney today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online to discover more about how the Mehlville, 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.