Springfield, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Springfield, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Springfield, MO. Truck crashes can have devastating ramifications that go well beyond a typical car crash. After being injured in a truck accident, there's the very real possibility that you are facing a mountain of medical costs and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of additional care. If you were injured because of someone else's negligence, you should not have to go through your recovery alone. The experienced and dedicated Springfield, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight by your side and win you the compensation you require to be made whole again. If you or a loved one has been impacted by a truck driver or trucking company's recklessness, call our Springfield, 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 Springfield, MO motor vehicle accident can lead to devastating injuries or, in the most tragic 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 accounting for only 4.6 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were associated with 13.2 percent of fatal wrecks. 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 conventional vehicles and take 20-40 percent longer to reach a complete stop.

Springfield, MO truck drivers and their trucking companies have a colossal obligation to ensure everyone on the road is safe. Because truck accidents are so perilous, there are firm laws that truck drivers and truck companies must follow. When they break those rules and you are subsequently injured through no fault of your own, you need to reach out to the Springfield, MO truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the compensation you are entitled to.

Who Can My Springfield, 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 Springfield, 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 using their phone in any manner
    • Eating or drinking
    • Using tobacco
    • Adjusting AC/Heat settings or the radio
    • Focusing on something on the side of the road
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while fatigued
  • 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 harmed 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 winning justice for your injuries and full financial compensation.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Springfield, MO roads that trick drivers do. Semi-trucks generally drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and because of that can break down quickly. While trucks can be pulled over for inspection, there are simply too many on the Springfield, MO roads for the Department of Transportation to be able to verify every semi-truck's safety. That's why systematic maintenance and repairs need to be a priority for truck companies.

Furthermore, truck companies have a duty to take care of their drivers and not obligate them to drive too long. Some studies suggest that drowsy driving impairs a driver more than drunk driving. There are firm laws about the amount 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 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 Springfield, 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 drowsy, it may be because they felt pressure from their bosses to finish a delivery even when they had already exceeded driving limits.

Finally, truck companies have a responsibility to only contract qualified drivers. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally operatea semi-truck. If a truck company hires someone who does not have the correct 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 practices.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Like car manufacturers, anyone that designs or manufactures trucks has a duty to issue recalls on any device they find to be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration dictates that any part that creates "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be recalled.

Similarly, if a mechanic notes a faulty part 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 properly loaded so that the weight distribution is balanced and the cargo is safely affixed within the truck. Unbalanced weight distribution or unfixed cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and hurt you. If the shipping company did not load their cargo correctly, they may be to blame for your injuries.

Local or State Government

Roadway hazards like potholes, loose guard rails or defective traffic lights can sometimes leads to truck accidents. Governments have a responsibility to maintain the safety of our roadways and when they neglect that duty you may be able to hold them liable with the help of experienced and skilled Springfield, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that repaired the hazards inadequately may also be held responsible.

Do I Need Truck Crash Lawyers?

If you have been hurt in a truck accident, then you unquestionably need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have costly insurance policies and their insurance adjusters will do everything in their power to decrease your financial recovery. The ruinous consequences of truck accidents go well beyond a common fender bender that you might be able to manage on your own. Your Springfield, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law understand how to effectively value, negotiate and recover for you the compensation you are entitled to. Other than handling insurance companies, seasoned and savvy truck crash lawyers will:

  • Acquire and assess evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Surveillance from inside the truck
    • Close-by surveillance video
    • 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 car wreck 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 to trial if we cannot secure a fair settlement offer

Our Springfield, 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 range of personal injury cases. Check out the links below to see more about the services we offer.


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If you have been injured in a truck crash through no fault of your own, the devoted 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 recklessness. Let us fight on your behalf to secure you the recovery you are owed. Call us today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online to discover more about how the Springfield, 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.