Wyoming Car Accident Attorney
Wyoming is the home to many of our national treasures, including Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful. Unfortunately, Wyoming is also home to many car accidents that result in expensive property damage, personal injury, and even death. If you have recently been the victim to a car accident, do not suffer in silence! Contact the Kent Spence Law Firm today and get the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
Wyoming’s Personal Injury Laws
After a car accident, injured parties can typically recover economic and non-economic damages to compensate for the harm caused by the crash. Economic losses include all out-of-pocket financial expenses like lost wages, medical bills, medication payments, and vehicle repair. Meanwhile, non-economic damages pay for any pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of comfort. Altogether, the total damages awarded to your case can repay you for all expenses stemming from the accident, along with compensation for any emotional and mental suffering.
In Wyoming, the state constitution prohibits any damage caps. This law means that the amount of money you can collect in any personal injury claim has no limit. However, the damages you are eligible to receive can be limited by the state’s statute of limitation and comparative negligence law.
Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is a state-imposed time limit on how long you can wait to file a lawsuit. In Wyoming, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years from the date of the accident. However, if the party responsible for your injuries is a government agent or entity, the statute of limitations is reduced to one-year from the date of the accident. Other states have their own statute of limitations, and if the lawsuit relates to a wrongful death claim, the timeline may be different.
Failure to meet the deadline will likely waive your chances of having your case heard in court. If you need compensation after an accident, it is vital that you retain the services of a qualified personal injury attorney as early as possible.
“At Fault” and the “51% Bar” Rules in Wyoming
In Wyoming, the courts determine liability in car accident claims according to the modified comparative negligence rule. In a nutshell, this law requires you to prove that the other driver was at least 50% liable for your injuries to recover damages after an accident. If the court finds that you are 51% at fault or more for your injuries, you will not be able to recover any damages.
Moreover, this rule also reduces the total compensation depending on the plaintiff’s percentage of fault.
Consider a situation where a car runs a red light causing a “t-bone” accident. If it was determined that the other car exceeded the speed limit, the court may decide that the other driver—the one who didn’t run the red light—was partially at fault. In other words, Car A’s running of the red light caused the accident, but Car B’s high speed caused the damages to be worse than they otherwise would have been if they weren’t speeding. If that higher speed was estimated to be 20% responsible for the crash damages, a $100,000 award would be reduced to $80,000.
Cases Involving Uninsured Drivers
In Wyoming, the law requires all drivers to purchase the minimum amount of car insurance. That minimum consists of $25,000 per person for bodily injury, $50,000 per accident for bodily harm, and $20,000 per accident for property damage. However, some drivers break the law and end up getting into car accidents without any car insurance. In these situations, it is critical that you hire an experienced attorney that will inform you of all of your legal options and advise you on the best course of action.
The Kent Spence Law Firm Helps Clients in Jackson, Wyoming & Nationwide
In Wyoming, victims who are not responsible for the accident can collect damages by filing a claim with their own insurance company, filing a claim with the liable driver’s insurance, or by filing a lawsuit directly against the at-fault driver.
If you need help getting the compensation you deserve, the Kent Spence Law Firm is prepared to take your case. Attorney Spence handles car accident personal injury cases nationwide and will work towards getting you the maximum compensation for your case. We take personal injury seriously and want to help you recover after a car accident. Call today to schedule a free consultation and get started on the right path to recovery.
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