Auto Accident Law in Wyoming

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  • If you believe you have been injured through someone else's carelessness or recklessness, you must take some steps right away toward making sure your injury claim can be settled fairly and as quickly as possible.

    First, you should write down everything you are able to remember about what happened, including names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses, police officers, and insurance company representatives.

    Talk to a lawyer who specializes in auto accident law in Wyoming before making any written or verbal statements to insurance company adjusters or representatives. Make sure you tell anybody you think might be responsible for your injury as soon as possible that you intend to file a claim.

    Protect any evidence you could need to prove your injury, such as your wrecked car, photographs of the accident scene, clothes you were wearing, damaged personal belongings, and whatever else seems relevant.

    Determining Who is at Fault in an Auto Accident in Wyoming

    Typically, to collect on an auto accident injury claim in Wyoming, you have to prove the person who caused the injury was "negligent"-that is, they failed to use reasonable care.

    In Wyoming, this means have to demonstrate that you suffered damages, and the other person's failure in their duty to use reasonable care caused your damages (the injury you suffered).

    If you were careless, and your carelessness was a contributing factor to your injury, your case depends on the percentage of fault under Wyoming comparative negligence law. Wyoming has adopted a modified comparative fault rule. This rule states that you may not recover if you were 51% or more at fault. If you were 50% or less at fault, you may recover something, but what you recover will be reduced according to what degree you are deemed at fault.

    If more than one person is negligent toward you, they are all responsible for a proportional share of total damages.

    Time to File a Claim

    You have four years to file a lawsuit in Wyoming against whoever injured you. If your lawyer has failed to reach an agreement with any insurance companies involved, you need to file a lawsuit before that statute of limitations expires.

    How Much Your Auto Accident Claim in Wyoming May be Worth

    Under Wyoming law, whoever caused your injury is responsible for all past, current and future medical expenses, the time you lose from work, any property damage, any permanent disfigurement or disability, your emotional distress, and any loss of future earning ability.

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