For many Wyoming drivers, dealing with a car accident can be a complex process, especially if the other driver was at fault. However, knowing what to do when a car crash occurs could help drivers get the process moving more quickly without making themselves appear liable.
Drivers should be aware that they are legally obligated to stop if they are involved in a crash, even if there appears to be no damage. They should also never admit responsibility for the car crash as they may not actually be liable. When a car accident does occur, drivers should first determine the extent of the damage or injuries. Even minor accidents can result in serious injuries, so those involved may wish to call an ambulance. Even if it appears that there were no injuries, the police should still be contacted.
When talking to the other driver involved, the conversation should be limited to exchanging information. In addition to the other driver’s name, number, address and insurance information, the other driver’s vehicle information should also be taken. This includes the license plate number, the vehicle identification number and a basic description of the vehicle. Once drivers have this information, they should contact their insurance company and an attorney.
If there is evidence that the other driver was at fault, that driver’s insurance company may attempt to settle a car accident claim without litigation. However, settlements often do not fully compensate for injuries or other damages, potentially leaving an injured person unable to work while attempting to pay expensive medical costs. A personal injury attorney may determine what types of compensation the injured person could seek while working with the other driver’s insurance company to potentially increase the settlement offer. If the insurance company refuses to settle, the attorney may take the claim to court.