One of the main causes of rear-end accidents in Wyoming is following too closely.1 When a driver neglects to leave ample space between their vehicle and the vehicle traveling in front of them, they reduce their stopping distance and increase their chances of engaging in an accident. If a driver was recently involved in a rear-end collision that was caused by a motorist who was following too close to them, they may be entitled to recover compensation from the insurance company and possibly even the driver.
Wyoming’s Following Distance Laws and How They Can Help Hold a Driver Liable for an Accident
In the State of Wyoming, drivers are required to” allow at least two seconds of following distance for everu 20 feet of vehicle length,” according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT also recommends that drivers do the following when roadway or weather conditions change:
- Double the number of seconds when the roadways are wet, a driver is carrying a heavier load than normal, or they are traveling at night.
- Triple the number of seconds when the roads have a blanket of snow or slush on them.
- Quadruple the number of seconds after ice has fallen onto the road.
If a driver tailgates or fails to adjust their driving when roadway or weather conditions change, they can be held liable if they rear-end the vehicle traveling in front of them. Because Wyoming is considered a fault-based state, any driver who causes an accident is responsible for covering any damage or injuries they cause. Now, because drivers are required by law to carry certain types of insurance coverage, a driver who has been rear-ended in Wyoming can generally file a claim with the other driver’s insurer.
If a driver is adhering to Wyoming’s insurance laws, then they should at least be carrying the following types of coverages:
- $25,000 per person, up to $50,000 per accident for Bodily Injury Liability.
- $20,000 for Property Damage Liability coverage.
If a driver is unable to secure a favorable settlement from the other driver’s insurer or even their insurance company, whether it is because the driver is underinsured or the insurer doesn’t want to pay, they can always hire a Wyoming accident attorney to challenge the insurer’s decision or sue the driver.
If a driver was recently involved in a car crash in Wyoming and they want to be sure they are awarded a fair amount of compensation that takes into account their injuries, lost wages, medical expenses, and more, they can contact Frederick J. Harrison, P.C. for legal assistance. Frederick J. Harrison, P.C. provides legal advice and guidance to those who have been injured in an accident in Wyoming and can help a victim understand their legal rights.
Frederick J. Harrison, P.C. can be reached at:
301 West Lincolnway
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Phone: (307) 316-1760