If you have been the victim and have been injured in a car accident, you should act fast. At Joe Frick Law, PLLC, we act quickly to protect your rights and seek the maximum compensation you are entitled to for you accident-related injuries and losses.
When you are suddenly injured in a car accident, your life can change drastically in a second. Out of nowhere, you have injuries, medical expenses, car repairs, and are still expected to carry on with your life as normal.
What do you do? How do you make sure that the consequences of someone else’s mistake do not
shape the rest of your life?
At Joe Frick Law, PLLC, we provide aggressive legal representation for individuals who have been injured in car accidents in Wyoming. Attorney Joe Frick is licensed in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Kansas, and he has been named a Top Ten Personal Injury Attorney by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys. Joe Frick knows what it takes to win fair compensation for auto accident victims, and he is passionate about protecting his clients against the insurance companies that want them to recover as little as possible.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
A majority of car accidents are caused by another driver’s negligence. If someone’s mistake caused you harm, the law has procedures in place to compensate you for all of your injuries and losses. The following are the most common forms of negligence that can entitle you to compensation:
1. Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents nationwide. This may be due to today’s technology which allows Drivers to talk and text, set and follow GPS directions, adjust the radio, and do other things while driving. These distractions put themselves and others at a substantially increased risk for being seriously injured in an accident.
When a driver tailgates (follows too closely), he or she significantly increases the chances of causing an accident. The general rule is that drivers should maintain a two to three-second buffer between their cars and the cars in front of them. Following too closely limits drivers’ visibility and leaves them without enough room to stop safely and avoid a collision.
Speeding is another leading cause of car accidents. Drivers who are speeding – either driving above the posted speed limit or driving too fast for the weather and road conditions – need more distance to stop and are less able to safely maneuver around other vehicles on the road.
4. Failure to Yield
Failure to yield to oncoming traffic is a common factor in many car wrecks. Drivers need to observe yield signs and understand the rules of the road regarding right-of-way. When they do not, they will frequently be liable for any damage and injuries sustained in a resulting collision.
5. Merging Errors
From failing to look before merging onto the highway to misjudging the distance between approaching vehicles, all types of merging errors can lead to dangerous collisions.
Drivers that fail to be aware of their surroundings cause car accidents. Failing to observe traffic signals, failing to look before changing lanes, failing to use turn signals, and failing to notice that traffic has stopped or slowed up ahead are all common factors in collisions. Failing to pay attention for even a second can have a lifetime of consequences.
7. Drunk Driving
Drunk driving is a persistent problem in Wyoming and nationwide. Drinking and driving impairs your abilities to both identify and react to risks on the road. Although it is important to look out for signs of drunk driving and try to avoid those drivers, in most cases, there is not enough time to react and avoid being injured in a drunk driving collision.
8. Reckless Driving
There are various forms of reckless driving that can lead to serious auto accidents. From speeding excessively to weaving in and out of traffic, reckless driving is frequently a factor in collisions involving severe traumatic injuries.
9. Running Red Lights and Stop Signs
Running red lights and stop signs is extremely dangerous and often results in traumatic collisions. Whether due to being drunk or distracted, or simply trying to “beat” a yellow light, drivers who run red lights and stop signs are liable for the accidents and injuries that they case and deserve to be held accountable for all the damage they cause.
10. Other Driving Errors
On the road, almost any error behind the wheel has the potential to lead to a life-changing accident. If you have been injured in a collision, it is critical that you speak with an attorney who can quickly conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the accident and make sure that you recover the compensation you deserve.
What to Do After an Auto Accident
In any case, you can take certain steps to protect your legal rights. At first, you may not know the cause of the accident. However, our attorneys and team will investigate the cause of the accident for you, and the key for you right now is simply to make sure that you get the help needed to recover the compensation deserved.
If you have been injured in an accident in Wyoming, you should:
- Seek medical attention for any injuries that you sustained as a result of the collision. If you do not require emergency medical treatment at the scene, you should consult your primary care physician or a specialist as soon as possible. Be sure to describe the situation and the accident to your doctor in as much detail as possible so that the doctor may perform all the necessary testing so that your receive a comprehensive diagnosis.
- Follow your doctor’s advice. Following your doctor’s advice is the best way to make sure that you recover as completely and quickly as possible, and you do not want the insurance companies to be able to claim that you made you are the cause of the extent of your injuries because you didn’t listen to your doctor’s instructions.
- Collect as much evidence as possible to support your claim. We can collect a lot of evidence from the police crash report. However, if you take photos of everything (the accident scene, the damage to each vehicle, and your injuries), collect names and contact information from any witnesses, that will help us to comprehensively analyze the situation and your case. Further, you should keep copies of any bills and receipts related to your medical treatment and other accident-related
- Once you report the accident, avoid speaking with your insurance adjuster. At Joe Frick Law, PLLC, we will deal with the insurance companies. You need to avoid giving a recorded statement or supplying the insurance companies with any other information that they may later try to use against Remember, it is their job to pay as little as possible for any claim.
- Seek experienced legal representation before you make any decisions about your claim. You should never assume that you were at fault in an accident, and you should never accept an insurance settlement without first making sure that it will fully cover your accident-related losses. At Joe Frick Law, PLLC, we can walk you through all of the steps you need to take to protect your legal rights and help you avoid settling too
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