What To Do After An Accident With a Werner Enterprises Truck
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Trucking accidents are serious events that can alter people’s lives in an instant, frequently seriously injuring or killing those involved, resulting in large medical bills, time missed from work, and in some cases, permanent injuries or death. Werner Enterprises is a corporation that specializes in transportation and logistics, with over 7,800 trucks in its fleet. Worth more than 1 billion dollars, the company has become one of the largest trucking companies in the United States. While trucking may be a necessary part of our economy, success in this industry should not come at the cost of the health and lives of drivers who share the roads and highways with these trucks.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Werner Enterprises truck accident, call the experienced truck accident lawyers from Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation. If we are unable to reach a favorable settlement in your case, you will not owe us anything.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT WITH A WERNER ENTERPRISES TRUCK
If you have been in an accident with a Werner Enterprises truck, you may be in pain and confused about what to do next. Fortunately, there are several things you can begin doing immediately, including:
1. Seek Medical Attention
The first thing you should do after an accident is to seek medical attention, even if you do not think you are seriously injured. After an accident, your body may be flooded with adrenaline, which can mask pain, and some injuries may not be immediately visible or apparent, such as internal bleeding. These types of injuries can be severe, and in some cases, life-threatening.
2. Report the Accident
You should also immediately report the accident to the relevant authorities. The responding law enforcement will make out an accident report, including details of the accident and information regarding those involved.
3. Document the Accident
After an accident, you should attempt to document as many details as possible. This includes taking photos of the damage to both vehicles and the area surrounding the accident. You should also try to photograph or document any injuries that occurred as a result of the accident. Be sure to collect contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
4. Collect Documentation of Injuries and Bills
Once your injuries have been diagnosed and treated by a physician, you should gather and obtain any medical bills incurred from treating injuries you sustained in the accident.
5. Contact a Truck Accident Attorney
Trucking companies like Werner Enterprises have experience dealing with accidents and often attempt to spend the least amount of money possible on settling any claims that may arise. Hiring an experienced truck accident attorney may help you level the playing field. An experienced truck accident lawyer may be able to help you navigate the legal intricacies involved in pursuing a claim.
WERNER ENTERPRISES SAFETY VIOLATIONS
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety Measurement System, Werner Enterprise trucks were involved in 1027 accidents in 2018-19, 27 of which were fatal, and 305 which resulted in injuries. Each year, vehicles operated by Werner Enterprises receive hundreds of citations while on the road, as documented by the FMCA. According to FMCA records, in 2019, Werner Enterprises received 2,022 unsafe driving violations.
Some of the infractions cited include running red lights, inattentive driving, speeding, using a mobile device while driving, following too closely, and improper lane changes.
COMMON CAUSES OF TRUCKING ACCIDENTS
Driver fatigue occurs when a driver has been driving for too long and becomes tired or drowsy. Fatigued driving may cause a driver to lose focus on the road and their surroundings, decrease their reaction time and impair the driver’s ability to make decisions.
Trucking companies seeking to transport their cargo as fast as possible sometimes require or pressure their drivers into driving longer than safe to do so despite laws to limit the hours a truck driver may drive. A study by the FMCSA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed driver fatigue is associated with about 13% of trucking accidents nationally.
Other Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
- Distracted Driving
- Failure To Follow Traffic Laws, Signals, and Signage
- Substance Abuse
- Improperly Loaded Cargo
COMMON INJURIES FROM TRUCK ACCIDENTS
• Neck and back injuries
• Head injuries
• Brain trauma
• Broken bones
• Internal injuries
• Spinal cord injuries
Learn More: Common Injuries From Trucking Accidents
WERNER ENTERPRISES ACCIDENT SETTLEMENTS
If you were involved in an accident with a Werner Enterprises truck, you may be able to file a personal injury claim seeking compensation for financial and/or emotional damages you suffered in the accident, such as medical bills. Claims made against large trucking companies like Werner Enterprises may be much more complex than those made against ordinary drivers.
An experienced truck accident lawyer may be able to integrate these into your case better, helping strengthen your claim. Truck accidents may also present multiple levels of liability, such as the driver, the trucking company, and even the loading company in some situations. An attorney familiar with these types of cases may be better prepared to investigate these intricacies to pursue maximum compensation for your injuries.
FILING A CLAIM AGAINST WERNER ENTERPRISES
1. Contact a Truck Accident Attorney
Trucking companies like Werner Enterprises have a lot of experience dealing with accident claims against them and have access to teams of experienced lawyers. By contacting an experienced truck accident attorney, you may be able to level the playing field. A truck accident lawyer may help guide you through the complex process of filing a claim and help you seek compensation for injuries and damages you may have suffered as a result of the accident.
Once hired, your attorney may begin investigating the accident to determine the details of the accident, whether any negligence was involved, whether the truck driver or Werner Enterprises itself may be liable for your injuries, and the extent of the damages you may have suffered. Your attorney may be able to use this information to strengthen your claim during negotiations.
Once your lawyer has gathered the facts, your attorney may begin negotiating a settlement with the trucking company and its insurer. Werner Enterprises insurance claims will often be handled by lawyers making sure the insurer pays as little as possible. This process may begin with your attorney presenting a claim for compensation. The trucking company or insurer may then counter with a much lower amount. Both sides may make offers until an agreement can be reached. If a settlement cannot be reached, the case may go to trial.
Once both sides are able to agree to a settlement, your attorneys may administer any compensation that may have been agreed upon and disburse the funds to you.
Learn More: How Do Truck Accident Settlements Work?
If a settlement cannot be reached, the case may go to trial, where your attorney may present any evidence proving your case, and a jury may award compensation if you receive a favorable verdict.
COMPENSATION FOR CLAIMS AGAINST WERNER ENTERPRISES
Both economic and non-economic compensation may be awarded in a truck accident claim.
Medical damages include costs for diagnosis, treatment, and medication for injuries suffered in the accident. Serious injuries requiring ongoing or future treatments may be included as well.
Compensation for property damages in trucking accidents is generally awarded to cover the cost of repairing or replacing the vehicle involved in the accident. If the vehicle is too damaged to repair and must be replaced, compensation is usually based on the fair market value of the vehicle.
You may be able to claim compensation for lost income if you were unable to work for a period of time after the accident due to your injuries. If you have suffered a serious injury that left you permanently unable to return to your job, you may be able to seek compensation for loss of earning potential, which is usually calculated by taking your age, health, and current salary into consideration.
Pain and Suffering
Damages for pain and suffering may be awarded for the physical and emotional trauma you suffered due to your injuries. The amount of this type of compensation may vary depending on the severity of your injuries and their impact on your quality of life.
If you have lost a loved one in a trucking accident, you may be able to seek compensation for loss of consortium or loss of parental guidance.
Learn More: Wrongful Death in Truck Accidents
LEGAL TIME LIMITS
The statute of limitations provides a window during which you may make a claim, and any claims made after this window has closed will usually be dismissed. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims varies from state to state, but it is often 2 years from the date of the accident.
GET HELP FROM THE TRUCKING ACCIDENT LAWYERS AT ZINDA LAW GROUP
The aftermath of this accident can be frightening and confusing. Zinda Law Group may be a great option to help you pursue compensation after your trucking accident. Our lawyers may assist you with your claim and help you seek any compensation you may be entitled to.
Call (800) 863-5312 today for a free consultation with one of our Werner Enterprises trucking accident attorneys as one of our clients. If we don’t reach a favorable settlement in your case, you will not owe us anything.
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