Sedalia, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Sedalia, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Sedalia, MO. Truck accidents can have catastrophic ramifications that go far beyond a prototypical car crash. After being injured in a truck accident, there's the very real possibility that you might have to deal with excessive medical bills and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further treatment. If you were injured because of somebody else's negligence, you do not have to go through your recovery alone. The veteran and committed Sedalia, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight for you and help you recover the compensation you require to be made whole again. If you or a loved one has been injured by a truck driver or trucking company's thoughtlessness, call our Sedalia, MO truck crash lawyers today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation.


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Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Sedalia, MO motor vehicle accident can cause catastrophic injuries or, in the most tragic cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck accidents are at extremely high risk because of the utter size of semi-trucks and the force they expel. Even though trucks account for only 4.6 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were involved in 13.2 percent of fatal crashes. 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 bigger than typical vehicles and take 20-40 percent more time to reach a complete stop.

Sedalia, MO truck drivers and their trucking companies have an enormous duty to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Because truck accidents are so dangerous, there are firm laws 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 Sedalia, MO truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the recovery you are owed.

Who Can My Sedalia, 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 dependable Sedalia, MO 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 otherwise using their phone
    • Eating or drinking
    • Tobacco use
    • Adjusting AC/Heat settings or the radio
    • Not paying attention to the road ahead
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while drowsy
  • Driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Failure to check blind spots and other unsafe lane changes
  • Speeding

If you were hurt 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 Sedalia, MO roads that trick drivers do. Semi-trucks usually drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and consequently they can break down quickly. While trucks are often pulled over for inspection, they are too numerous for the Department of Transportation to be able to guarantee every semi-truck's safety. That's why systematic maintenance and repairs is paramount for truck companies.

In addition, 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 can be worse than drunk driving. There are firm laws regarding how many 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 consecutive hours off duty;
  • A 14-hour driving limit followed by 10 consecutive 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 straight days, and a driver may only restart the 7/8 consecutive day period after having 34 or more hours off-duty.

Unfortunately, some Sedalia, MO 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 tired, 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 an obligation to only hire professional drivers. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally drive a semi-truck. If a truck company hires a driver who does not have the appropriate license, 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

Like car manufacturers, any company 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 dictates that any component that carries "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be recalled.

Similarly, if a mechanic sees a faulty part and does not repair it or does not repair it adequately, 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 injure 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 potholes, loose guard rails or malfunctioning traffic lights can sometimes cause truck accidents. Governments have a responsibility to keep our roadways safe and when they eschew that duty you may be able to hold them liable with the help of experienced and knowledgeable Sedalia, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that repaired the hazards incorrectly may also be held liable.

Do I Need Truck Crash Lawyers?

If you have been injured in a truck accident, then you absolutely 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 catastrophic ramifications of truck accidents go well beyond a common fender bender that you might be able to handle yourself. Your Sedalia, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law understand how to effectively value, negotiate and recover for you the compensation you are owed. Other than handling insurance companies, veteran and talented truck crash lawyers will:

  • Obtain and assess evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video footage from the truck's ca
    • Close-by surveillance footage
    • Witness statements
    • Police reports
    • The scene of the accident
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Manage all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Review you medical records
  • Work with medical and motor vehicle collision experts to determine liability and suitably calculate the value of your damages
  • Keep you consistently updated on the status of your case
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury if we cannot obtain a fair settlement

Our Sedalia, MO truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full compensation you are entitled to. We charge no attorney's fees unless we win your case.

The personal injury lawyers at HK Law have experience fighting and winning a wide variety of personal injury cases. Check out the links below to see more about the services we offer.


Contact Your Sedalia, MO Truck Crash Lawyers Today | HK Law

If you have been hurt 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 recklessness. Let us fight on your behalf to win 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 Sedalia, 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.


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.