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Truck Crash Lawyers in Oakland, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Oakland, MO. Truck accidents cause devastating injuries. After being injured in a truck accident, there's the very real likelihood that you are facing excessive medical expenses and possibly even long-term or permanent disability. If you were hurt because of somebody else's reckless behavior, you need an attorney by your side to make sure you are fairly compensated. The veteran and dedicated Oakland, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight for you and win you the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident through no fault of your own, call our Oakland, MO truck crash lawyers today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online for a no-risk, no-obligation consultation.


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Oakland, MO Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Oakland, MO motor vehicle accident can result in catastrophic injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck crashes are at especially high risk owing to the force that truck accidents carry at even low speeds. Even though trucks account for only 4.6 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses caused 13.2 percent of traffic related deaths. In fatal truck accidents, 72 percent of people killed in truck accidents were occupants of passenger vehicles, not the truck. Trucks are on average 20-30 times more massive than typical vehicles and have 20-40 percent increased stopping time.

Oakland, MO truck drivers and their trucking companies have a massive duty to ensure everyone on the road is safe. When they do not respect those rules and you are subsequently injured through no fault of your own, you need to contact the Oakland, MO truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote to stand up the the trucking company and insurance company.

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

Each truck accident is different, and the liable parties will differ depending on what caused the crash. The experienced and trustworthy Oakland, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote know how to evaluate truck accidents and find every party we can hold accountable. The following 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, almost 90 percent of truck accidents are caused by driver error. Examples of driver negligence:

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

If you were harmed because of a negligent truck driver, call Halvorsen Klote'struck crash lawyers today to take the first step in getting fair financial compensation for your injuries.

The Truck Company

Truck companies can be just as negligent as Oakland, MO truck drivers. Semi-trucks are in constant use and as such they need to be maintained properly. While trucks can be pulled over for inspection, they are too numerous 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.

Additionally, truck companies have a responsibility to take care of their drivers and not overwork them. Some studies demonstrate that drowsy driving impairs a driver more than drunk driving. There are firm regulations about the number of 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 off duty;
  • A 14-hour driving limit followed by 10 straight hours off duty, even if they were not driving the entire time;
  • A half-hour 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 having 34 or more hours off-duty.

Unfortunately, some Oakland, MO truck companies are worried more about their miles than they do about the public's and their own driver's safety. If you were injured in a truck crash because a driver was tired, it may be because they obligated to keep driving even when they had already exceeded driving limits.

Lastly, truck companies have a responsibility to only hire professional drivers. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License before they can be hired. If a truck company hires someone who does not have the appropriate license, has a history of traffic violation or is otherwise unqualified to drive a truck, they are liable for their negligent hiring process.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Like car manufacturers, anybody that designs or produces trucks has a duty to issue recalls on any component they find to be unsafe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states 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 repair it or does not fix it adequately, Halvorsen Klote's truck crash lawyers may be able to hold them accountable.

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 correctly, you can also file a claim against them.

A Governmental Entity

Roadway hazards like potholes, loose guard rails or malfunctioning traffic lights can occasionally cause truck accidents. Governments have a responsibility to maintain the safety of our roadways and when they fail in that duty you may be able to hold them responsible with the help of veteran and skilled Oakland, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors hired to repair the hazards poorly may also be included in your claim.

Is it Worth it to Get Oakland, 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 ramifications of truck accidents go well beyond a typical claim between two civilian motorists that you might be able to deal with without an attorney. Your Oakland, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law understand how to properly value, negotiate and recover for you the recovery you are owed. In addition to fighting back against insurance companies, veteran and knowledgeable truck crash lawyers will:

  • Obtain and analyze evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video footage from the truck's cab
    • Nearby surveillance footage
    • Eyewitness testimony
    • Police reports
    • The accident site
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Manage the entire legal process
  • Review your medical records
  • Work with medical and car collision experts to determine negligence and suitably calculate the value of your case
  • Keep in constant communication with you
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury if we cannot secure a fair settlement offer

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

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If you have been injured in a truck accident through no fault of your own, the devoted and talented 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 negligence. Let us fight on your behalf to win you the recovery you are owed. Speak to an attorney today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online to find out more about how the Oakland, 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.