Werner Enterprises Truck Accidents

Our experienced attorneys can help you fight back

Werner Enterprises is one of the largest trucking carriers in the United States. Thousands of their trucks carry cargo throughout the year. When there’s a truck accident involving one of these vehicles, people can be left seriously injured or even killed. But recovering compensation after an accident can be complicated.

The truck accident attorneys at Fried Goldberg LLC have a long track record of helping the injured recover the compensation they deserve. We are familiar with the tactics trucking companies and their insurance carriers use to fight claims and what it takes to successfully fight back. We are dedicated to helping our clients get the best possible outcome.

For live statistics on the number of accidents and injuries associated with Werner trucks, see the interactive map on our Safety Statistics page.

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Company snapshot

Werner Enterprises is one of the largest interstate truckload carriers in the United States. Founded in 1956, the trucking company has also grown to serve Canada and Mexico. The company has more than 8,000 trucks, 24,000 trailers, and nearly 13,000 employees.

What to do after an accident with a Werner Enterprises truck

Here are three important things to do following a crash:

  • Seek medical care – Delaying medical treatment even for a short time could be dangerous. Internal bleeding and brain injuries can become life-threatening if they are not detected and treated right away. Regardless of how you feel after a crash, seeking medical treatment is the best way to ensure your personal safety.
  • Getting medical care can also help your claim for damages. When you get medical care, there will be documentation of diagnosis and treatment. Having a record of your injuries is critical to a personal injury case.
  • Understand your rights – In some cases, insurance adjusters or other company representatives may use high-pressure techniques to minimize any settlement.
  • Get legal advice – Quick settlements are often offered before accident victims have a chance to assess all their injuries. With the promise of a quick payout, some people sign for the settlement, not realizing they cannot change that decision if their injuries prove far more severe.

You have a right to speak with an attorney. You also do not have to sign or verbally agree to anything. Should Werner Enterprises offer you paperwork, respectfully decline and contact an attorney immediately.

Werner Enterprises Accidents FAQ

What types of damages can I recover in a Werner Enterprises accident?

A Werner Enterprises truck can cause significant damages in an accident. Commercial motor vehicles weight exponentially more than the average passenger vehicle:

  • Large commercial trucks can weigh between 33,001-80,000 pounds
  • Passenger vehicles can weigh as little as 3,200 pounds

Smaller passenger vehicles tend to suffer a disproportionate amount of damage in a traffic collision. In many cases, the truck driver escapes with minor injuries while the occupants of the vehicle sustain serious harm.

In a Werner Enterprises lawsuit, our knowledgeable truck accident attorneys can evaluate your case to determine all the losses you have suffered. Losses can be recovered in a settlement or verdict by way of damages.

While every truck collision claim is different, most damages involve:

  • Full coverage of medical expenses related to your injuries
  • Loss of income for the time you cannot work
  • Loss of future wages if your injuries prevent you from maintaining your current level of employment
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Emotional distress damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages

Punitive damages differ from other damages as they are awarded as monetary punishment for a particularly negligent party. Those funds could be ordered by a judge in addition to the amounts you’re owed due to your losses, but not every Werner Enterprises truck accident claim may qualify for punitive damages.

What is the average settlement in a truck accident case against Werner Enterprises?

There is no average settlement in truck accident cases against Werner Enterprises, as the value of a claim depends on numerous factors. Case results vary significantly due to:

  • The extent of bodily damage
  • Supporting testimony and evidence
  • Whether the truck driver or company failed to adhere to federal or state regulations

A fair settlement or verdict should cover the losses suffered by the victim. Our firm has a long track record of successful settlements and verdicts. Some of our most notable outcomes include:

  • $52 million – In Atlanta, Georgia, we recovered compensation for a teenager struck by a commercial vehicle that resulted in a severe brain injury.
  • $31 million – When a tractor-trailer rear-ended another vehicle in a North Carolina truck accident, an adult and two children suffered fatal injuries. We recovered damages on behalf of the grieving family in a wrongful death suit.
  • $20.25 million – A woman suffered fractures so severe that she needed multiple surgeries to treat. In Georgia, a wheel came off a large truck and hit the woman’s vehicle head-on.

Our personal injury has years of experience helping truck accident victims in many states. If you or a loved one have been injured in a Werner Enterprises truck crash, please consult with our legal team today.

Is Werner Enterprises self-insured?

Yes, Werner Enterprises is self-insured. A significant portion of property damage and bodily injury is covered in-house.

It is important to know that a self-insured trucking company is more likely to deny claims or offer settlements far below their true value. When you have Fried Goldberg by your side, our accident attorneys can represent your best interests and fight for the full compensation you deserve.

Why do I need a Werner Enterprises truck accident lawyer?

Commercial truck accident claims depend heavily on injury documentation and proving negligence. Some cases are more difficult to prove than others. An experienced attorney can:

  • Conduct an investigation
  • Contact the trucking company to preserve evidence
  • Gather pertinent evidence, including medical records, witness statements, and police reports
  • Negotiate with Werner Enterprises on your behalf
  • Retain any experts and investigators that may be relevant to your case

In the event of a trial, our one of our truck accident lawyers will aggressively represent your best interests in court.

Schedule a free consultation with a truck accident attorney

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a truck crash, our firm can help. Our attorneys have helped thousands of clients in multiple states recover much-needed settlements and verdicts. Maximum compensation could help you access treatment that makes the difference between a full vs. a partial recovery and help your family get through this difficult time.

Our law firm has been an instrumental leader in truck law reform. Our lawyers have years of experience handling the complexities of truck accidents, and are ready to help you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

How is fault determined after a Werner Enterprises truck accident?

Fault in a Werner Enterprises truck accident will depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to:

  • Police reports: Law enforcement will conduct an investigation into the accident to determine who is at fault, including statements from drivers, vehicle occupants, and witnesses.
  • Accounts from witnesses: Witness reports are vital to truck accident investigations. Law enforcement often takes statements at the scene. Your Werner Enterprises truck accident attorney can follow up with witnesses to aid your claim.
  • Visual and physical evidence: Visual and physical evidence encompasses various elements of an accident, including any camera footage, tire marks on the road, and damage to the vehicles themselves.
  • Documentation: Documentation is key, especially when truck accidents produce serious injuries. Medical records, electronic truck logs, vehicle inspections, maintenance checks, and more can help determine fault.

It is critical to your case to collect any documentation and records to support your claim. An experienced law firm will have the resources to investigate.

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Are Werner Enterprises truck drivers responsible for damages?

Werner Enterprises truck drivers are considered employees. While a truck driver may have acted negligently, most claims are filed with their employer, Werner Enterprises. In other cases, a negligent maintenance worker or faulty truck part could be responsible for the accident. Injury claims can be filed with third parties. It is in your best interest to speak to an experienced Werner Enterprises truck accident lawyer to determine all liable parties in your claim.

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How long does it take to settle a Werner Enterprises commercial truck accident lawsuit?

A Werner Enterprises commercial truck accident lawsuit can take as little as a few months to settle or much longer, depending on the circumstances of your claim. Large truck companies often have teams of lawyers to help minimize their insurance payouts. If a fair settlement is not offered, your lawyers may need to fight for the verdict you deserve in court. A skilled truck accident lawyer can help you navigate the complex system of claims and appeals to ensure you recover just compensation.

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How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a Werner Enterprises truck accident?

The length of time you have to file a lawsuit after a Werner Enterprises truck accident is called the statute of limitations and will vary by state. Many states follow a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits, including Georgia, where Fried Goldberg is headquartered. However, some states have longer or shorter time limits. The time period begins on the day of the accident, so it is important to act quickly.

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