Werner Enterprises is an interstate trucking company that is headquartered in Nebraska and employs over 10,000 drivers and owns roughly 23,000 trailers used to transport materials that include construction equipment, lumber mail, produce, grain and household goods. When evaluating the safety record of any company it is important to note that some accidents may be the result of simple human error, but patterns may exist in the data which suggest that improvements can be made to reduce the number of serious truck accidents and fatalities on the road. The following statistics reveal that Werner Enterprises can still make great strides toward improvement which will make our highways safer.
Werner Enterprises Safety Statistics and Trends
Over a two year period, 1,188 accidents were reported involving Werner Enterprises trucks and 387 of the accidents resulted in an injury. Only thirty-six fatalities were reported over this time, but one-third of the truck accidents resulted in injuries requiring medical care of some kind. The following statistics are also relevant when considering the company’s safety record.
- Regulators performed 19,592 inspections during this period. 234 out of service violations were reported, and there were 352 reports of drivers in violation of service hours requirements. These statistics are concerning when considering the impact that fatigue has on drivers and the likelihood of accidents when drivers have not received adequate rest between shifts.
- Regulators performed 10,789 inspections on Werner Enterprises vehicles during this time, and 1,553 out of service violations were reported among these investigations. This statistic reveals that 15% of Werner Enterprises vehicles received at the very least, a minor infraction upon inspection.
- 26 cases in which a driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol were reported. Luckily, when compared to the number of drivers and inspections, this number is low. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is just unacceptable and in an ideal world, this number would be zero.
- Werner Enterprises has questionable maintenance standards. There were 4,046 instances in which an inspection resulted in a fundamental vehicle maintenance violation or worse. When compared with the industry as a whole, Werner Enterprises is significantly behind its competitors in this regard.
How Liability is Determined in Werner Truck Accident Lawsuits
There are several ways in which fault can be established following a truck accident. The most apparent determination of fault is when the driver makes an error in judgment, is fatigued or under the influence. However, the driver is not the sole party that can be held responsible. The owner of the vehicle or the truck company itself can be held liable through vicarious liability and whoever is responsible for maintaining the vehicle can be held accountable if maintenance records show that the truck was not serviced properly.
Defective semi-tractors, trailers and other equipment may also result in an accident. For this reason, it is crucial that you have an accident reconstruction team evaluate the scene of the crash and all relevant evidence to determine the exact cause. From there, your truck accident attorney will be able to make a precise determination of fault and value your case accordingly. If you have been in a truck accident, it is vital that you obtain representation from a legal team with resources that will add value to your claim and allow you to receive all of the services that you require during your physical recovery.
The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are a leading truck accident litigation law firm that has access to all of the resources you need to maximize your claim. We’ve secured compensation for hundreds of clients involved in trucking accidents just like yours. More importantly, however, is that we have the resources at our disposal to ensure that you receive the best medical care available and can afford that care by aggressively going after the people who are responsible for your injuries. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your legal rights following an accident with a Werner Enterprises truck.
During your risk-free consultation, we will answer any questions that you may have about your chances of success and the course of action that is in your best interest. We will also collect all of the information we need to begin a thorough investigation into the nature and cause of your Werner truck accident case so that we can more accurately assess your case and how confident we are that we can assist you. We only receive compensation when our clients do, so regardless of your financial situation, you can be assured that if we fail to recover damages on your behalf, our services and resources will come at no cost to you.