Pedestrian accidents occur more often in Wyoming than many people likely think they do. A pedestrian accident caused by negligent drivers or other at-fault parties can leave innocent pedestrians with serious injuries. Unfortunately, some Wyoming residents must mourn the loss of a loved one who became a pedestrian accident victim in a wrongful death.
You are not alone if you or a loved one becomes an accident victim as a pedestrian.
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Our pedestrian accident attorney at Parker + McConkie knows that the insurance company for motor vehicle drivers who disobey traffic laws and hit a pedestrian will try their best to get out of paying them their rightful compensation.
Do not fall victim again by accepting a settlement from the at-fault party’s insurance company after you become a pedestrian in an accident caused by someone else.
You need a pedestrian accident attorney who knows Wyoming law and has experience in ensuring that their clients receive full compensation, whether in a motor vehicle accident involving another vehicle or an accident that results in the injury or death of a pedestrian.
Our personal injury law firm protects clients’ rights and seeks maximum compensation for our clients.
The 2020 Crash Data Report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates an increase in pedestrian fatalities in 2020. The 3.9% increase was the highest since 1989.
One in six people who were victims of pedestrian accidents died of their injuries. Six percent of motor vehicle deaths in Wyoming in 2020 were pedestrians.
It is easy for people to assume that the State of Wyoming is likely low on the list of pedestrian traffic fatalities. On a list of pedestrian fatality rates sorted by state listed in the 2019 Governors Highway Safety Association Report, Wyoming ranked number nine in the category “Pedestrian Fatalities by State per 100,000 Population June: January – June 2019.”
Contact our pedestrian accident lawyer if you or a loved one was injured or killed in a Wyoming pedestrian accident that was the fault of another party.
The Wyoming pedestrian laws were updated in 2022 and are listed in Wyoming Statutes, Title 31 – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 5 – Regulation of Traffic on Highways, Article 6 – Pedestrian Rights and Duties. Traffic safety laws indicate that pedestrians may cross the street at a marked or unmarked crosswalk. They may also use a pedestrian tunnel or an overhead crossing for pedestrians. Statute 31-5-602(a) states that when there are no traffic signals or if traffic signals are not operational, then “the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way by slowing down or stopping if need be, to yield to any pedestrian within or entering a crosswalk at either edge of the roadway.”
Drivers of motor vehicles who do not obey this state law or other traffic safety laws related to Wyoming traffic safety rules designed to protect pedestrians may cause an accident resulting in injuries or death of a pedestrian.
Wyoming law requires that all drivers “exercise due care” to avoid colliding with pedestrians. A variety of causes of accidents can lead to drivers not exercising the due care demanded by state law, which results in pedestrian accidents.
There are many causes of pedestrian accidents in Wyoming. Knowing these causes can help drivers and pedestrians be more careful across the state and prevent motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians.
Drunk driving is a major factor in motor vehicle accidents. Several sources list driver intoxication as being a major factor in pedestrian accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that alcohol was a factor in nearly half of all pedestrian deaths in 2019.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that alcohol-impaired driving resulted in a 14% increase in fatal crashes in 2020.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs slows a driver’s reaction time, placing pedestrians at a higher risk of becoming accident victims.
Distracted driving is one of the top causes of pedestrian accidents in Wyoming. Drivers still wreak havoc on Wyoming roadways despite distracted driving campaigns in the media, communities, and laws against distracted driving.
Drivers who talk on their cell phones or pay attention to their other electronic devices instead of paying attention to driving can leave victims of a pedestrian accident with a brain injury, internal injuries, or even far worse injuries. Deaths occur because of distracted drivers.
Our experienced pedestrian accident lawyer knows how violations of pedestrian accident law affect pedestrians and their loved ones.
The Governors Highway Safety Administration points out that pedestrians now represent 17% of all traffic deaths. One top cause of the increase in pedestrian deaths and injuries is reckless driving.
Running a stop sign, running a red light, or failing to signal before making a turn are examples of reckless driving. Reckless driving often results in injured pedestrians with serious injuries.
Over half of all pedestrian fatalities in one recent year occurred in areas not on or near freeways. Pedestrians walking in their communities, crossing the street at a designated crosswalk, and obeying other traffic laws are often at the mercy of speeding vehicles on Wyoming streets.
The pedestrian accident lawyers at Parker + McConkie know the types of serious injuries that often occur when pedestrians are hit by speeding drivers.
Call us today for a free consultation and to learn how we can help you with a legal claim to get maximum compensation for your pedestrian accident.
Bad weather will likely place drivers and pedestrians at a higher risk of an accident resulting in injuries or deaths. Weather conditions change quickly and require drivers to maintain eye contact with the road and watch for other drivers and pedestrians.
Pedestrians may want to wear bright clothing if they know they will be out in bad weather. A dark, dreary, rainy day or other conditions can quickly worsen, increasing the risk of pedestrian accidents.
Many pedestrian accident cases occur because drivers do not obey traffic lights, stop signs, or other traffic signs. A pedestrian accident lawyer who can pursue financial compensation from an at-fault party in a pedestrian accident can help you recover all the damages you are due when a driver fails to obey Wyoming law that covers pedestrians.
Pedestrians injured because of the negligence of another party often have severe injuries beyond bumps and bruises. Some are severe injuries that can result in disability or even wrongful death. Some common injuries that occur because of pedestrian accidents in Wyoming include:
Pedestrians and drivers both have the responsibility to obey Wyoming law. Pedestrians cannot dart out in front of an oncoming vehicle and are not supposed to cross a street in violation of traffic signs or lights.
Pedestrians may help reduce their risk of becoming accident victims needing medical attention for their injuries by wearing reflective clothing at night and following all traffic laws.
Motorists are responsible for obeying all traffic laws, including those that pertain to pedestrians. Failing to obey traffic laws may cause a pedestrian accident with devastating injuries to pedestrians and drivers.
Avoiding alcohol and other drugs while driving, obeying the designated speed, and obeying all traffic laws helps to reduce the chances of hitting a pedestrian.
Taking the proper steps after your Wyoming pedestrian accident can help your pedestrian accident attorney recover full compensation for your losses.
You must call 911 after an accident if you can make the call yourself. Refrain from relying on the driver to call for you.
Seek immediate medical attention, even if you do not feel badly injured from a pedestrian accident. You may have injuries you do not realize you have, such as internal bleeding, a concussion, or other serious injury.
Gather as much evidence as possible at the scene. Take pictures of the intersection, the crosswalk, where the car is, and other important photos or video evidence. Take a picture of the driver’s license plate. The photo or video evidence can be vital in your efforts to get the compensation you deserve because of the negligence of the other party driving the vehicle.
Get the driver’s insurance information. Was the driver in a company vehicle? Get the company’s name because companies whose drivers are on the clock are responsible for their drivers who act negligently when driving on Wyoming streets and highways.
Seek the assistance of our pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident. We understand the devastating injuries and the physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by the at-fault driver. We will work hard to develop a compelling case to compensate you for your injuries and property damage fully.
The Statute of Limitations for personal injury accidents, including for a pedestrian accident, is four years. That means you have four years from the date that you are the victim in a pedestrian accident and not the date you see your attorney to file a claim.
Do not wait to see one of our experienced attorneys. It takes time to develop a personal injury case, gather evidence, determine the full amount of recovery due for your damages, and the type of damages you can claim in your pedestrian accident suit.
It is common to think that only one type of damage is awarded in a pedestrian accident claim for compensation. Your dedicated, compassionate attorney at Parker + McConkie would pursue all the types of damages that we can recover, such as your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, and burial expenses if a loved one died after a pedestrian accident in Wyoming.
Economic damages are the types of damages for which an actual dollar amount is placed on the losses. Some examples include your lost wages and your medical bills. The medical expenses include the costs of ongoing care, treatments, and therapy. It also includes necessary medical equipment and supplies.
Some other examples of economic damages include funeral costs and expenses associated with the burial of a deceased family member.
Non-economic damages are the damages for which there is no exact dollar amount. Non-economic damages include your physical pain and suffering, your emotional pain, and your mental anguish. It also includes the humiliation of disfigurement, loss of companionship, and the loss of enjoyment in activities you enjoyed before the pedestrian accident.
The lawyers at Parker + McConkie have been in the business of providing our clients with dedicated, compassionate personal injury services since 1978. We have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in compensation throughout our more than 45 years of experience in personal injury law.
Our award-winning lawyers are recognized in their field for providing top service and have been a part of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.
The sooner you contact our Wyoming pedestrian accident lawyer, the sooner we can develop your case. We understand the devastation and turmoil that negligent drivers can cause in the lives of injured pedestrians.
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