A Car Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case
A car accident can make your life feel as if it has flipped upside down. Between physical injuries, emotional trauma, and financial damages, it may seem like things will never go back to normal.
The personal injury attorneys with The Advocates have been helping car accident victims obtain maximum compensation for their damages for three decades, and we are ready to help you too. We offer fierce legal representation and personal care, so that all you need to worry about is feeling better.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not every accident requires an attorney. However, if the accident resulted in injuries or significant property damage, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process, which can be lengthy and complex. Your attorney will build your case, keep track of your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. Studies have shown that accident victims who hire a personal injury lawyer can receive settlements up to 3.5 times larger than if they settled on their own.
The best way to know if you have a case is to speak with an attorney. The Advocates offer free consultations—you can speak with a qualified legal team to understand what your case is worth without paying a dime. Once you have decided to hire an Advocate, we will investigate your accident to firmly establish liability.
Your initial consultation with us is always 100% free. There are never any upfront costs or hidden fees when you hire The Advocates.
Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that our attorney fees are calculated as a percentage of your settlement. You will not pay us unless we win your case, and you receive a settlement.
Every personal injury case is different. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to accident claims. The length of the claims process will depend on the severity of your injuries, the willingness of the other party to settle, the court’s caseload, and more.
In general, personal injury cases can take anywhere from several months to a few years. It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to get your case started. Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases, after which you will lose your right of action.
When you hire The Advocates, we will begin investigating your accident immediately while you finish medical treatment. Once all evidence and medical records have been compiled, your attorney will send a demand letter to the other party’s insurance company. At this point, negotiations will begin.
In many cases, a settlement can be reached during negotiations. If the other party refuses to make a fair offer, you may choose to file a suit. In the litigation phase, your attorney will represent you in court in front of a judge, jury, and/or arbitrator.
A Team of Legal Professionals Assigned to Your Case
For nearly 30 years, The Advocates have helped thousands of personal injury victims receive the compensation and care they deserve after their accidents, and we are prepared to do the same for you.
We can help you:
- Understand the claims process
- Get your medical bills paid
- Investigate your accident
- Build your case
- Negotiate with insurance adjusters
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Wyoming Car Accident Statistics
Where are car accidents most likely to occur?
- Laramie, Sweetwater, and Natrona counties have the highest number of fatal car accidents each year, with the majority of crashes occurring in the cities of Cheyenne and Casper
- Men account for around 60% of car accident fatalities
- The large majority of fatal crashes occur on dry roads and on clear days
Wyoming state car accident statistics
- Statewide, there are more than 13,000 car accidents each year
- Speeding is a factor in around 18% of all car accidents, and more than 41% of all fatal accidents
- Impaired driving contributes to around 5% of car accidents each year, and around 30% of fatal crashes
- On average, 20% of all Wyoming car accidents are caused by wildlife on the roadway
- More than 25% of accidents occur during the hours between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
- Around 30% of motor vehicle accidents occur on weekends, specifically in the 48 hours between noon on Friday and noon on Sunday
- November-January see the highest number of car accidents each year
- 62% of fatalities occur to drivers or passengers who are unrestrained or improperly restrained
Common causes of car accidents
- Speeding: Traveling above the speed limit or at speeds too fast for road conditions not only increases the likelihood of a crash, it also increases risk of serious injury or death
- Distracted driving: Motorists become much more dangerous and unpredictable when using a cell phone, eating, talking with passengers, or participating in other non-driving activities
- Impaired driving: Car accidents are far more likely to happen when one or more drivers is under the influence
- Adverse weather conditions: Wyoming is prone to snowy and icy conditions that can lead to accidents
- Improper passing: Illegal passing on two-lane highways can lead to head-on collisions, which often cause devastating injuries
Common car accident injuries
Depending on the nature of your accident, car accident injuries can range from mild to life-threatening. Some common vehicle collision injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and bruising
Wyoming Traffic Laws
What is the maximum speed limit in Wyoming?
Wyoming has one of the highest maximum speed limits in the United States. On many stretches of rural and urban interstate, the speed limit is 80 miles per hour. On other highways and limited-access roads, the highest speed limit is 70 miles per hour.
The penalties for speeding in Wyoming generally come in the form of fines. The higher above the speed limit you were traveling when pulled over, the higher the fine will be.
What are Wyoming’s distracted driving laws?
The state of Wyoming does not currently have a law restricting the use of handheld devices to make or receive phone calls while driving. However, the law does prohibit texting while driving.
The exceptions to the texting ban include:
- Hands-free texting
- Entering a phone number to make a call
- Emergency response vehicle operators
- Using a device to contact an emergency vehicle
Regardless of the law, it is important that motorists refrain from engaging in any activity that might distract them from the task of driving. Activities that have been shown to take drivers’ attention away from the road include:
- Using cell phones
- Talking with passengers
- Looking at maps
- Fiddling with the radio
What is considered “driving under the influence” under Wyoming law?
There are three ways a driver may be convicted of a DUI:
- If a driver’s BAC is at or above the legal limit of 0.08
- If a driver is arrested on suspicion of a DUI and, within two hours of driving, a BAC test shows 0.08 or higher
- If a driver’s BAC is below 0.08 but is unsafe to drive because of impairment.
For a first DUI offense, maximum penalties are as follows:
- 6 months in jail
- $750 fine
- 90 day driver’s license suspension
For more DUI offenses, penalties increase, including mandatory jail time.
In the case of a drunk driving accident, the impaired driver will usually be found at-fault. If you’ve been in a car crash with a drunk driver, contact The Advocates to get started on the road to recovery.
What responsibilities do drivers have after an accident?
Under Wyoming law, any driver involved in an accident with a person, object, or another vehicle, must stop as close to the scene of the accident as is safe. The driver has a duty to ensure injured parties receive aid from a medical professional and exchange information with the other driver. Failure to do so is considered a hit-and-run.
If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, be sure to do the following:
- Move your car out of traffic (if possible)
- Check for injuries
- File a police report
- Exchange contact information and insurance information with the other party
- Seek medical attention, even if you do not believe you are injured
- File a car accident claim with your own car insurance provider
- Consider contacting an auto accident attorney
What is the statute of limitations for car accidents?
For any personal injury case, a plaintiff only has a certain amount of time to file their claim. After that time period is up, they lose their right of action. This is referred to as the statute of limitations.
In Wyoming, the statute of limitations for car accident cases is 4 years from the date of the injury. However, it is a good idea to file your claim much sooner than that. Personal injury cases can take a long time to settle, so it is a good idea to give yourself as much time as possible before the statute of limitations is up. As soon as you think you may have a case, contact a personal injury lawyer so they may begin working on your claim.
When Should I Hire a Car Accident Attorney?
If you were injured in a car accident, you will need to prove that the other driver was at fault in order to receive any damages. Wyoming is a modified comparative negligence state, meaning that you may still be able to receive a settlement, even if you were partially responsible for the accident.
As long as you are less than 51% at fault, you may be able to collect damages; however, your settlement will be reduced by the amount of responsibility you had for the accident.
Insurance companies will do just about anything they can to avoid giving you a fair settlement offer. They may try to diminish the severity of your injuries or deny liability altogether. Fighting with insurance providers can be a frustrating, stressful experience that is detrimental to your recovery.
The Advocates’ auto accident lawyers have years of experience negotiating with insurance providers and fighting for our clients’ right to fair compensation under the law. We are ready to provide you with fierce legal representation and thoughtful, compassionate care throughout your entire recovery.
We are here to help every step of the way– our number one priority is protecting your best interests. We will listen to your story, help you build your case, and provide up-front, honest communication throughout the entirety of your case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. You deserve peace of mind. You deserve an Advocate.
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