Washington, MO

Truck Crash Lawyers in Washington, MO


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Truck Crash Lawyers Washington, MO. Truck accidents can have catastrophic repercussions that go far beyond a normal car crash. After suffering an injury in a truck accident, there's the very real likelihood that you might have to deal with excessive medical expenses and possibly months, years or even a lifetime of further care. If you were injured because of someone else's negligence, you do not have to go through your recovery alone. The experienced and committed Washington, MO truck crash lawyers at Halvorsen Klote are here to fight for you and help you recover the compensation you need to be made whole again. If you or a loved one has been impacted by a truck driver or trucking company's carelessness, call our Washington, MO truck crash lawyers today at 877-51-HKLAW or contact us online for a free consultation.


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Truck Crash Lawyers: The Statistics

Any Washington, MO motor vehicle accident can lead to disastrous injuries or, in the most tragic cases, wrongful death. Victims of truck accidents are at particularly high risk owing to the utter size of semi-trucks and the force they carry. Despite making up only 4.6 percent of registered vehicles in 2016, trucks and large buses were involved in 13.2 percent of fatal accidents. 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 more massive than typical vehicles and take 20-40 percent more time to come to a complete stop.

Washington, MO truck drivers and their trucking companies have a massive obligation to ensure everyone on the road is safe. Because truck accidents are so perilous, there are stringent regulations 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 call the Washington, MO truck crash lawyers of HK Law to get the financial recovery you are owed.

Who Can My Washington, MO Truck Crash Lawyers Hold Responsible for My Injuries?

Each truck accident is different, and the liable parties will differ depending on what caused the crash. The experienced and dependable Washington, 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
    • Tobacco use
    • Adjusting AC/Heat controls or the radio
    • Not focusing on the road of them
    • Daydreaming
    • Driving while drowsy
  • Drunk driving, or being under the influence of drugs
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Failure to check blind spots and other unsafe lane changes
  • Speeding

If you were injured because a truck driver did not do their job correctly and disregarded your safety, call HK Law's truck crash lawyers today to take the first step in obtaining justice for your injuries and full financial compensation.

The Truck Company

Truck companies owe the same duty of care to people on Washington, MO roads that trick drivers do. Semi-trucks ordinarily drive hundreds of thousands of miles a year and because of that can break down rapidly. While trucks are 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 consistent maintenance and repairs is paramount 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 can be worse than drunk driving. There are firm rules concerning the amount of miles a truck driver can drive in one day and how often they are supposed 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 straight 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 straight 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 straight day period after having 34 or more hours off-duty.

Unfortunately, some Washington, 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 had already exceeded driving limits.

Finally, truck companies have an obligation to only contract qualified drivers. Truck drivers need a Commercial Driver License in order to legally drive a semi-truck. 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 are liable for their negligent hiring process.

The Truck Manufacturer and Mechanics

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

Similarly, if a mechanic observes a faulty part and does not repair it or does not fix it sufficiently, 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 weight distribution is balanced and the cargo is safely fastened within the truck. Unbalanced weight distribution or unfixed cargo could cause the truck to roll-over and hurt you. If the shipping company neglected to load their cargo properly, they may be responsible for your injuries.

Local or State Government

Dangers in the road including potholes, loose guard rails or malfunctioning traffic lights can occasionally cause truck accidents. Governments have an obligation 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 accomplished and talented Washington, MO truck crash lawyers. Third party contractors that repaired the hazards poorly may also be held responsible.

Do I Need Truck Crash Lawyers?

If you have been hurt in a truck crash, then you unquestionably 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 minimize your compensation. The catastrophic repercussions of truck accidents go far beyond a typical fender bender that you might be able to handle yourself. Your Washington, MO truck crash lawyers at HK Law understand how to suitably value, negotiate and recover for you the recovery you are owed. Besides handling insurance companies, experienced and knowledgeable truck crash lawyers will:

  • Acquire and analyze evidence, including:
    • The truck's black box
    • Surveillance from the truck's ca
    • Nearby surveillance footage
    • Witness statements
    • Police reports
    • The crash site
    • Employer records
    • Maintenance records
  • Handle all communication, litigation, and documentation
  • Review you medical records
  • Work with medical and auto crash experts to determine liability and suitably calculate the value of your damages
  • Keep you consistently updated on the status of your claim
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury if we cannot obtain a fair settlement

Our Washington, MO truck crash lawyers know how to get you the full compensation you are entitled to. You owe us no attorney's fees unless we win your case.

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


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

If you have been hurt in a truck accident through no fault of your own, the committed and savvy truck crash lawyers of Halvorsen Klote will take up your case. You should not have to worry about costly medical bills and lost wages because of somebody else's reckless behavior. 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 learn more about how the Washington, 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.