No matter the particular cause of the crash, thousands of people in Cheyenne have experienced the physical and financial pain that comes from a serious car accident.
The Olson Law Firm is here to help the victims of car accidents in Cheyenne and the entire state of Wyoming. Founding attorney Sean Olson is a highly experienced and well-respected personal injury lawyer accumulating many honors throughout his career. Two such awards are the A+ Better Business Bureau Rating for Cheyenne and a 10 out of 10 rating for the legal assistance organization AVVO.
At the Olson Law Firm, their primary focus is on you. With this commitment comes their promise to really listen to you and to understand your concerns and your needs. Their firm has earned a reputation in Wyoming for delivering an excellent client experience while pursuing the maximum compensation on behalf of accident victims.
The Olson Law Firm team is always ready to speak with you about your case. They understand that you may not feel comfortable coming into the office, so they have set up virtual options so that you can meet them from the comfort of your home. They will meet with you any time and at your earliest convenience. Please set up a confidential consultation with one of our team members by contacting us at our Cheyenne office or going on our website and completing the contact form. We will respond to you the same day.
Most Common Causes of Cheyenne Car Accidents
While there are many different ways that a car accident can occur in Cheyenne, here are a few of the most common causes we see at our practice:
- Drunk driving – Driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the most common causes of car accidents in Wyoming. The Wyoming Department of Transportation found that 747 drivers were involved in drunk driving crashes in a single recent year. Of the 747 drivers, 29 were involved in fatal crashes, while another 269 drivers were involved in collisions with injuries. Driving while drunk slows a driver’s reflexes, impairs cognition and judgment, and makes a driver more likely to take unreasonable risks.
- Drug use – Much like driving while drunk, driving after using drugs is incredibly dangerous for both the impaired driver and anyone in their path. Depending on the drug, the effects can range from impaired cognition and slowed reflexes to hallucinations, aggressive behavior, and more. That is true even of some legal drugs. For example, some sleep medications can impair a driver’s performance if not used carefully. Falling asleep at the wheel is a hazardous side effect that can occur when drivers use drugs, especially if drugs are used in combination with alcohol.
- Aggressive driving – Aggressive driving covers a wide range of dangerous driving behaviors, all of which can make a car accident much more likely to occur. These behaviors include speeding, sudden lane changes, making turns or changing lanes without signaling, following too closely, cutting off other vehicles, and more. Driving in this way makes leaves a driver with less time and space to react in an emergency, or a driver may fail to recognize a hazard entirely.
- Distracted driving – Technological advancements have led to an increasing number of potential distractions for drivers. Fussing with the radio, eating or drinking with one hand on the wheel, apply makeup or shaving in the mirror, talking on the phone, or sending a text message all take a driver’s focus away from the road. Cellphones, in particular, take a driver’s eyes, attention, and hands off the wheel. It’s no surprise that distracted driving accident numbers have gone up in recent years.
- Speeding – Speeding is a major cause of many car crashes. When drivers speed, they have less time and space to react in a dangerous situation, making it harder for them to avoid a collision. The faster a vehicle is moving, the harder it is to control safely. Speeding often makes the injuries from a crash more severe. That is because a car hits with more force at high speeds than at low speeds. A driver who is speeding is much more likely to severely hurt someone caught in their path.
- Careless driving – Drivers who are reckless on the road can end up causing a crash even if they weren’t intentionally trying to break the rules. Inattentive actions, such as ignoring a stop sign or yield sign or running a red light, put both the offending driver and anyone in their vicinity in danger.
- Mechanical defects – While cars have gotten more advanced in recent years, that also means more parts can potentially break down. When auto manufacturers aren’t careful, design defects can cause drivers to end up in accidents through no fault of their own. In these cases, the auto manufacturer and others may be held liable for the injuries caused by the defect.
- Bad weather conditions – Rain, ice, snow, and sleet on the roads can make it harder for drivers to maintain control. High winds can also blow vehicles around on the road, especially vehicles that are towing trailers. Fog can reduce visibility. If a driver fails to take weather conditions into account and causes a crash for that reason, they may be at fault for the accident.
- Poorly maintained roads – Roads that have fallen into disrepair may cause a driver to lose control, especially while navigating corners and turns. Poor signage may also contribute to a crash if drivers aren’t warned of possible hazards they may encounter. Poorly configured highway work zones can also factor into crashes. In these situations, a government agency or contractor might be responsible for an accident.
Contact a Cheyenne Car Accident Lawyer for Help
When you’re in a severe car accident, the pain and financial toll can quickly add up, leaving you overwhelmed and unsure of how to move forward. A knowledgeable and dedicated Cheyenne car accident lawyer can help you seek the money you need to make your recovery easier. At the Olson Law Firm, we are prepared to thoroughly investigate your case to determine fault, calculate all of your losses, and develop your case strategy. Then we will then fight for every dollar you deserve. We will gather evidence to support your case, handle all your paperwork and communications needs, negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf, and zealously litigate on your behalf if it reaches that point.
It’s essential to act quickly after an accident to give yourself the best chance of securing maximum compensation for your injuries. Call our Cheyenne office today or fill out our contact form to get a free and confidential case review. We are here for you. We will listen. We will discuss your options. We will offer you advice. And we will help you get the compensation you and your loved ones deserve. Don’t you think it’s time to get your life back on track? We do.