Car Accident Attorneys Serving Cody and All of Wyoming
You need a car accident lawyer who can fight to maximize your compensation. Insurance companies will try to pay you as little as possible after a car accident. At Burg Simpson, we account for all of the damages in your case and aggressively pursue the outcome you deserve.
Our attorneys have recovered more than $2 billion for clients nationwide. We specialize in representing individuals who have been seriously injured as a result of others’ negligence.
Wyoming law provides a limited time to take legal action after a car accident. It is in your best interest to speak to an attorney about your case as soon as possible.
For a FREE and confidential case evaluation, call Burg Simpson at 307-527-7891 today. Our car accident lawyers serve clients throughout Wyoming from our office in Cody.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Burg Simpson combines the experience and resources of a national law firm with personalized attention to each client’s needs. This approach enables us to achieve outstanding results while ensuring your peace of mind.
Our car accident lawyers will promptly investigate the crash. This enables us to collect pertinent evidence and determine who is at fault. Establishing liability is key for recovering compensation for your injuries.
Another advantage of hiring a car accident attorney is having a professional advocate who can help you with all aspects of filing your claim. Going up against insurance companies is daunting, especially if you have been seriously injured and incurred substantial damages or your case involves issues of complex liability.
Insurance companies might make a low-ball offer or deny your claim altogether. They might even try to blame you for the accident. Our car accident lawyers can hold the defendants and insurers accountable.
Motor Vehicle Accident Claims We Handle
The most common fact pattern in an auto accident case is when one vehicle collides into another. Although crashes between two or more standard automobiles make up the majority of these legal actions, it is important to be aware of your rights in the event of an accident involving other types of individuals and vehicles.
Burg Simpson handles all of the following motor vehicle accident cases for clients in Cody and other areas of Wyoming:
- Car Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Rideshare Vehicle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Train Accidents
Ultimately, if you were injured in an accident involving any type of vehicle, it is in your best interest to contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible.
Causes of Car Accidents in Wyoming
To have a viable car accident claim, you must show that one or more parties were at fault for the collision. Fault comes in many forms, from careless driving to defective vehicles and components and more.
Burg Simpson will investigate to determine what caused the accident and establish how issues of negligence led to your injuries. Common causes of car accidents for which motorists and other parties can be held liable include:
- Distracted driving
- Running a red light or stop sign or disobeying other traffic signs and signals
- Drunk driving
- Following too closely
- Lane departures
- Violating right-of-way rules
- Mechanical failures caused by malfunctioning or defective parts or negligent repairs
- Unsafe and poorly designed roads
Once the cause of the accident has been identified, a car accident attorney can begin gathering evidence and building your case. Depending on the circumstances, one or more individual motorists, corporations, and government entities may be sued for damages.
Wyoming Car Accident Statistics
According to the latest Report on Crashes prepared by WYDOT, 13,885 was the total number of traffic accidents in Wyoming in 2021. Of these crashes, 2,425 resulted in injury and 103 were fatal.
Hit and run accidents in 2021 accounted for 1,545 of the state’s crashes (making up more than 10% of all collisions in Wyoming). It can be extremely difficult to recover compensation after a crash where a driver leaves the scene. A car accident lawyer can investigate with the goal of identifying the driver, as well as help you file a claim under your uninsured motorist coverage.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Wyoming
Although it might feel overwhelming, there are steps you need to start taking right away after being involved in a car accident:
1. Call for Help
Unless you are absolutely certain that no one is hurt and the damage to the vehicles is minor, you should dial 911 after a car accident ASAP. First responders should be dispatched to assess injuries and secure the scene.
2. Take Pictures
Photographs can be powerful evidence in your car accident claim. Pay close attention to the position of your car and any other vehicles, where the damage is located, skid marks, and more.
3. Speak to Witnesses
Testimony from bystanders can also support your claim. Get the name and contact information for any witnesses and write down or record a brief description of what they saw.
4. Exchange Information with the Other Driver
You will need the driver’s name and contact information and insurance coverage details. In addition, you should note the license plate number and the year, make, and model of the vehicle.
5. Make Note of Where the Accident Occurred
If you are in a car accident in Cody or another city or town, write down the name of the street and/or the intersection. Fixing a location for accidents in rural areas and along Wyoming’s vast, open highways can be more difficult. Look for mile markers and other landmarks.
6. Report the Accident to the Police
Accidents resulting in injury, death, or property damage totaling $1,000 or more need to be reported to the local police department (see Wyoming Statutes § 31-5-1105). Ideally you will be able to call the police immediately following the accident and make a statement to the officer before leaving the scene.
7. Seek Medical Care
Paramedics might have performed first aid on the scene. You might even “feel fine.” Nevertheless, you should follow up with your doctor or go to the emergency room right away after being in a car accident. This creates a record of your injuries and reduces the likelihood of complications.
8. Report the Accident to Insurance
Notify your insurance carrier that you have been in an accident. If you speak to an agent, be truthful but very brief in the information you provide. This will limit the likelihood that you say something that might hurt your case.
9. Save Any and All Documents
Thorough records are essential for documenting the financial losses and other issues you face as a result of the accident. Hang on to any and all medical bills, letters from insurance companies, communications with your employer, and more.
10. Talk to an Attorney
You should start exploring your legal rights and options as soon as possible if you were involved in a car accident. A car accident lawyer can evaluate your case and work with you closely to pursue compensation for your injuries and damages.
Common Types of Auto Accident Injuries
An injury in a car accident always needs to be taken seriously. Until you receive a full workup and your injuries are diagnosed, you should never assume that an injury from the accident is “minor.”
It is also important to realize that car accident injuries can get worse, especially if you forgo medical treatment. For your well-being and the success of your legal claim, you should promptly seek care from a doctor.
At Burg Simpson, our lawyers have represented clients who have suffered a range of different injuries in accidents. You may be entitled to compensation for any of the following:
- Brain Injuries
- Head and Facial Trauma
- Neck, Back, and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Internal Injuries and Organ Damage
- Burn Injuries
- Traumatic Amputations and Loss of Limbs
These are often classified as “catastrophic injuries.” Our car accident lawyers can review your medical records and obtain testimony from expert witnesses to thoroughly understand the long-term and even permanent effects of such an injury on your life.
We can also help if you lost a member of your family in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence. A wrongful death claim will not bring your loved one back, but it may allow you and your family to get the financial compensation you need to overcome the many challenges you are likely facing after a fatal accident.
Recovering Compensation for a Car Accident
At Burg Simpson, we believe that achieving a favorable settlement or verdict is about more than money. It is also about justice and giving our clients the guidance and resources they need to change their lives following a serious accident.
Whether your case settles or goes to trial, a car accident lawyer will strive to recover every dollar in damages to which you are entitled. This may include:
- Compensation for current and future medical expenses
- Wages you have lost due to time away from work
- Damage to your vehicle and other personal property
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent disability or incapacity
- Adverse effects on your quality of life
Generally, our car accident lawyers are able to negotiate settlements that are higher than what the insurance company is willing to offer at first; however, if the insurance company refuses to settle, our attorneys can sue for damages and take your case to trial if necessary.
In Wyoming, a lawsuit must be filed no more than 4 years after an accident (see Wyoming Statutes § 1-3-105). Car accident lawyers at Burg Simpson can take legal action before this time limit expires and thoroughly prepare your case for trial. We have extensive experience in the courtroom, which enables us to achieve outstanding results for our clients.
Contact a Cody Car Accident Lawyer Today
Don’t handle the aftermath of a car accident on your own. If you are seriously hurt, in pain, facing extensive medical bills, missing work, and suffering other burdens, you are not alone. Burg Simpson can pursue maximum compensation for your losses from the accident.
Our firm has experience with a wide range of personal injury claims. We focus on serving the victims of serious accidents caused by the negligence and wrongdoing of others. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident, our team can help.
Call 307-527-7891 to speak to a car accident lawyer for FREE today. Burg Simpson serves accident victims in Cody and throughout Wyoming.