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Truck Crash Lawyers in St. Louis, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers St. Louis, MO. Truck accidents can have catastrophic repercussions that go well beyond a prototypical car accident. After being injured in a truck accident, you're probably facing a mountain of medical bills and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further care. If you were hurt 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 St. Louis, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight on your behalf and help you recover the compensation you are owed. If you or a loved one has been injured by a truck driver or trucking company's carelessness, speak to our St. Louis, MO truck crash lawyers today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online for a free case review.


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St. Louis, MO Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any St. Louis, MO motor vehicle accident can lead to catastrophic injuries or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck accidents are at especially high risk because of the sheer size of semi-trucks and the force they carry. Even though trucks make up only under 5 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses caused 13.2 percent of fatal accidents. In fatal truck accidents, Almost three-quarters of people killed in truck accidents were occupants of passenger vehicles, not the truck. Trucks are on average 20-30 times bigger than typical cars and take 20-40 percent longer to reach a complete stop.

Because truck accidents in St. Louis, MO are so dangerous, there are stringent laws that truck drivers and truck companies must act in accordance with. When they disregard those rules and you are subsequently injured through no fault of your own, you need to reach out to the St. Louis, MO truck crash lawyers of HK Law to stand up the the trucking company and insurance company.

Who Can My St. Louis, MO Truck Crash Lawyers Find Liable for My Injuries?

The circumstances of each crash are different, and the liable parties will differ depending on what caused the crash. The experienced and dependable St. Louis, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law will conduct a full investigation into your crash to determine liability. Below are, in general, some of the parties that are liable in truck crashes.

The Driver

According to the Federal Motor Safety Administration, 87 percent of truck accidents are the result of negligent driving. Examples of driver negligence:

  • Distracted driving, including driving while
    • Texting, or using their phone in any manner
    • Eating or drinking
    • Tobacco use
    • Changing climate controls or the radio
    • Paying attention to something on the side of the road
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while tired
  • Drunk driving, or being under the influence of drugs
  • Reckless driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving too fast for road conditions

If you were hurt because a truck driver did not do their job properly and disregarded your safety, call Halvorsen Klote'struck crash lawyers today to start on your path to getting great financial compensation for your injuries.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on St. Louis, MO roads that truck drivers do. Semi-trucks are in constant use and consequently they need to be maintained properly. While trucks are 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 the safety for everyone on the road.

Additionally, truck companies have an obligation to their drivers are not overworked. Some studies indicate that drowsy driving can be worse than drunk driving. There are strict regulations regarding how many 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 straight hours not driving;
  • A 14-hour driving limit followed by 10 straight hours off duty, 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 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 straight day period after having 34 or more hours off-duty.

Regrettably, some St. Louis, MO truck companies are concerned more about their bottom line than they do about doing what's right. If you were injured in a truck crash because a driver was fatigued, it's possible that they felt pressure from their bosses to complete a delivery even when they were not reasonably able to.

Finally, truck companies must only hire drivers who are capable of driving safely. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally operate a semi-truck. If a truck company hires someone who is untrained, has a history of drunk driving or is otherwise unqualified to drive a truck, they are liable for not hiring a qualified driver.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

Like car manufacturers, any company that designs or produces trucks has an obligation to issue recalls on any device they find to be hazardous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that any component that creates "unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident" must be recalled.

Similarly, if a mechanic notices a safety hazard and does not correct it, HK Law's truck crash lawyers can also file a claim against them.

The Shipping Company

Cargo needs to be correctly loaded so that the weight distribution is balanced. Shifting cargo can lead to roll over accidents. If the shipping company neglected to load their cargo correctly, they may be at fault for your injuries.

A Governmental Entity

Dangers in the road including potholes, loose guard rails or malfunctioning traffic lights can frequently cause truck accidents. Governments have a duty to design and maintain roadways safely and when they eschew that duty you may be able to make a claim against them with the help of veteran and knowledgeable St. Louis, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that fixed the hazards insufficiently may also be included in your claim.

Do I Need St. Louis, MO Truck Crash Lawyers?

If a negligent person or organization injured you, then you absolutely need to hire a lawyer. Truck drivers and trucking companies have expensive insurance policies and their insurance adjusters will put a lot of hours into trying to lower how much money you get. The catastrophic consequences of truck accidents go far beyond a typical claim between two civilian motorists that you might be able to manage on your own. Your St. Louis, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law know how to prove exactly how much you are owed and why. Other than fighting back against the trucking company, seasoned and talented truck crash lawyers will:

  • Acquire and evaluate evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Video from the truck's cab
    • Close-by surveillance video
    • Eyewitness depositions
    • Police reports
    • The accident site
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Handle all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Go through your medical records
  • Work with medical and truck wreck experts to determine negligence and correctly determine how much compensation you are owed
  • Keep you consistently updated on the status of your case
  • Take your case to trial if the insurance and trucking company will not be reasonable in negotiations

Our St. Louis, 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.

The personal injury lawyers at HK Law have experience arguing and winning a wide range of personal injury cases. Check out the links below to see what other cases we take on.


Contact Your St. Louis, MO Truck Crash Lawyers Today | HK Law

If you have been hurt in a truck crash because someone else was negligent, the devoted and savvy 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 reckless actions. Let us fight for you to win you the compensation you are entitled to. Call us today at 866-382-4167 or contact us online to find out more about how the St. Louis, 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.