Werner Enterprises Truck Accident Attorneys
Injured in a Werner Enterprises Truck Crash? Call (888) 493-1629.
Among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States, Werner Enterprises is a global logistics company with offices all over the world. The company was founded in 1956 and is currently headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. The company has 7,300 tractors and 24,000 trailers. According to federal data collected in August 2018, the company has been cited for safety violations 5,563 times in the last two years.
Werner Enterprises' recent safety violations include:
- Driving while texting
- Reckless driving
- Speeding 15+ mph over the limit
- Operating a commercial vehicle while impaired by fatigue
- Driving on a suspended license for safety reasons
- Driver not physically capable of safe operation
- Operating without a commercial driver's license
In addition to its safety violations, Werner Enterprises' fleet was involved in 1,015 crashes during the same period, injuring 445 people and killing 29 more. These are not uncommon statistics among freight companies. As a leader in the trucking industry, Werner could lead the industry in valuing safety over efficiency, but it does not. The Werner Enterprises truck accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin are shining a light on industry practices by holding companies accountable to the people they've hurt. Our work has helped thousands of people secure the money they needed to pay for medical care, replace lost wages, and provide for their families.
If you were injured in a Werner Enterprises truck accident, review your options for free with an attorney. Call (888) 493-1629 or use our online form today.
How Carriers Are Making the Roads Unsafe
Unless something drastic changes, 2018 will see roughly as many injuries and fatalities from large truck collisions as we saw in 2017. Tens of thousands of people will be injured or killed from crashing with 80,000-pound behemoths—many of them operated by exhausted, fatigued, and sleep-deprived drivers. At least 1 in 7 truck crashes are directly caused by fatigue, while 1 in 4 occur when an operator has been driving for 17 hours or longer. Why are there so many accidents caused by tired drivers?
Truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries like:
- Burn injury
- Orthopedic injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Neurological injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Blunt force trauma
Trucking companies are responsible in more ways than one. To start, trucking companies are responsible for their drivers, full stop. If you were injured in a truck accident involving Werner Enterprises or any other carrier, then the company needs to answer for their employee. More specifically, however, trucking companies have created an industry where drivers are compelled to drive longer hours, sleep less, and take fewer breaks—without extra pay. Their 'secret' is pay-by-mile. By paying drivers less than 50 cents a mile, they incentivize drivers to drive longer hours. However, drivers do more than drive. Hours of a driver's day can be spent doing vital, non-driving work that benefits the company—but doesn't get reflected in their pay. On top of traffic, bad weather, or unexpected delays, drivers can work between 10-12 hours a day and lose money.
Vital non-driving trucking work includes:
- Driving to pick up new loads
- Planning routes
- Abiding by federally-mandated rest breaks
- Waiting for loading/unloading
- Submitting to rig inspections
That's why many drivers turn to illegal methods of getting 'around' hours of service regulations. All drivers are required to keep a logbook of where and how much they drove. By falsifying these logbooks (or keeping two of them), drivers can fool regulators and drive for 17-20 hours in a stretch. Some terrible accidents have happened because drivers were hauling for 30 hours or longer because they needed to "make their miles."
Do companies condone these practices? Not officially. But drivers learn them from somewhere—and they often learn them while in carrier-funded driving schools, which teach them the tools of the trade, both legal and illicit. And trucking companies certainly don't put effort into attempting to fix the issue of tired drivers. For them, tired drivers make them the most money for minimal cost.
Billions Won by Werner Enterprises Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck accidents are almost always devastating. People lose their livelihoods and loved ones in an instant, and overnight an accident victim can end up with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs. Families live on pennies while their claim gets held up by an army of adjusters and investigators. Our Werner Enterprises truck accident attorneys won't stand for it.
Arnold & Itkin levels the playing field by putting investigators, experts, and adjusters to work on behalf of our clients—forcing truck companies to face the facts. We help our clients claim every penny they're entitled to, including medical costs, lost wages, diminished earning ability, and even basic living expenses while the trial is pending. As a result, our clients have won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements to rebuild their lives. We'll cover the cost of the claim. Our clients don't pay a penny unless their case wins, so they can focus on healing and getting better.
Speak with us—call (888) 493-1629 or contact us online to review your case with an attorney for free.