When Wyoming drivers get into car accidents, police investigators study the crash scene to determine who caused the collision. This is critical information because the at-fault driver could be issued a ticket or sued by injured parties. Meanwhile, insurance companies use the information to determine whether or not to make a settlement offer.
There are several common causes of car accidents, and many of them have to do with human error. After all, a driver is in control of the vehicle and must pay attention and adapt to driving conditions in order to prevent crashes. That's why distracted driving is such a danger. If drivers are looking at a cellphone or playing with the vehicle's GPS system, they aren't paying attention to the road and could cause an accident. Other types of crashes commonly caused by human error include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failing to properly maintain a vehicle, speeding, reckless driving and driving too fast for weather conditions.
However, not all accidents are entirely the fault of drivers. For instance, medical conditions like seizures, strokes and heart attacks are often unforeseeable and uncontrollable. Meanwhile, some cars experience mechanical failures even if they are well maintained. For example, some vehicles are built with defective parts that can unexpectedly fail and cause an accident.
Individuals who are injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver may benefit by speaking to an attorney. An attorney could review the results of the crash scene investigation and explain all legal options available. One option could be to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who caused the crash. This could result in an award that covers medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering and other related losses.