Werner Enterprises, Inc. is a company that provides transportation services. As one of the largest truckload carriers in the United States, it provides local, regional, and long haul freights. Werner Enterprises has a fleet of vehicles that operate throughout the nation. Werner truck accidents may cause catastrophic and even fatal injuries to people sharing the road, including other drivers and passengers. Raleigh truck accident lawyer Carl Nagle is prepared to go up against a team of attorneys and experts representing Werner, all of whom seek to minimize the responsibility of their company.
Prior to founding Nagle & Associates, which exclusively handles motor vehicle collision lawsuits, Mr. Nagle worked as a commercial insurance defense attorney, and he was directly involved with defending truck companies in accident lawsuits. As a result, Mr. Nagle has a thorough knowledge of the insurance and trucking sectors. When a trucking company or its driver has violated a safety regulation, victims may be entitled to punitive damages in addition to other accident-related costs. Breaking safety rules and engaging in other reckless or negligent conduct disregards the duty that drivers and transportation companies owe to others on the road. Bringing an insider’s edge to his legal representation of people throughout North Carolina, Carl Nagle is proud to help victims in Raleigh, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem, as well as Asheville and surrounding areas.
Werner Truck Accidents May Entitle Victims to Compensation and Potential Punitive Damages
As one of the largest truckload carriers in the nation, Werner trucks carry retail store merchandise, manufactured products, consumer goods, and grocery products. Meeting deadlines and turning profits for customers is important to the company, and thus Werner may encourage drivers to meet unrealistic deadlines. The company may be at fault for any resulting harm if evidence shows that it engaged in conduct such as improperly training drivers or failing to properly maintain its trucks. These laws ensure the safety of the public and have been created to reduce the rate of truck collisions. If Werner fails to abide by safety regulations, it may be held liable for injuries and costs associated with a collision.
Like other truck companies, Werner is subject to the safety regulations set in place by the federal government. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates truck drivers, and a violation of a rule may support a legal claim for negligence following an accident. An example might be a violation of the rule that requires drivers to maintain delivery records and logbooks. These rules are designed to reduce driver fatigue and monitor the hours that drivers are behind the wheel, operating their vehicles. Electronic records exist as well and may be more reliable than logbooks. If a driver was fatigued while driving, and their driving suffered as a result, leading to a collision, evidence included in these logbooks may prove critical to a successful claim for compensation.
In addition to driver fatigue, failing to properly maintain trucks may expose Werner and its drivers to liability. Inspection logs and signs of overuse on tires may help strengthen a claim that a truck was not properly maintained, and this failure played a role in an accident. Collecting information and evidence will help support a successful claim that the company or a driver violated a maintenance regulation.
Seek the Assistance of a Raleigh Attorney for a Tractor-Trailer Crash Case
As a former commercial insurance defense attorney, Raleigh lawyer Carl Nagle can represent victims of truck collisions in a comprehensive and knowledgeable manner. For over 20 years, Mr. Nagle has advocated solely for the rights of people harmed by careless parties in the motor vehicle context. To learn more about your rights and options following a Werner truck accident, request a free consultation with a tractor-trailer collision lawyer at our firm. We are here to answer your questions and provide you with a clear understanding of your next steps. We can be reached online or at (800) 411-1583. We proudly help people in Charlotte, Hickory, Greensboro, Asheville, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and other communities throughout Guilford, Mecklenburg, Forsyth, Wake, New Hanover, Cumberland, Brunswick, Durham, and Catawba Counties.