For motorcycle riders who enjoy both cruising long, open highways and carving smooth turns up twisting mountain roads, Wyoming may seem like paradise. Our eastern prairies leave nothing but you and the road, while the Western half of our great state boasts some of the most breathtaking high-elevation rides in the country.
After a motorcycle crash, however, a long stay in the hospital can feel more like purgatory, and if your injuries are severe, or you lost a loved one, it can seem much worse. Largely due to its low population, Wyoming only saw 236 automobile accidents involving motorcycles in 2020, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). Of these, 191, or nearly 81%, resulted in injury or death. Comparatively, car accidents only proved fatal or caused injury about 22% of the time.
Clearly, riding a motorcycle, even in the vast state of Wyoming, is dangerous. If you or someone close to you has been hurt or killed in a motorcycle crash, call the Wyoming motorcycle accident lawyers at Metier Law Firm. We have a long history of representing the victims of reckless driving across the state, and we will stand up to the person who caused your injuries and their insurance company. Metier Law Firm uses SafeRider® accident investigation and legal services for all of our Wyoming motorcycle accident cases.
Our offices in Casper, Cheyenne, and Gillette are always ready to take your call, so speak with us today, and we will review the details of your accident and give you a free consultation. When you work with Metier, just like our previous clients, you’re working with experienced trial attorneys.
Anyone who has spent any amount of time in Wyoming knows that the weather and the people are unlike those anywhere else. We are also home to multiple state-spanning interstate highways, like I-80 and I-25, that help transport goods across the country every day. All of these things work in their own way to contribute to Wyoming motorcycle crashes.
Here are some of the main reasons Wyoming sees the motorcycle accidents it does each year:
Especially on the open plains, Wyoming is on of the widest states in the U.S. This can have a big effect on high profile vehicles like trucks, but the light weight of a motorcycle makes it vulnerable to strong gusts as well.
Wyoming winters can be rough, with massive storms bringing feet of snow and more brutal wind to our roads and highways. This makes for some of the most dangerous conditions for a biker.
As with driving a car, riding a motorcycle under the influence is extremely dangerous for yourself and others around you. Even if you live a long distance from your nearest bar, it is never a good idea to ride your motorcycle drunk.
U.S. and State highways in rural areas, which Wyoming has plenty of, see the highest rates of fatal and serious injury crashes. In 2020, there were double the amount of motorcycle collisions with antelope than there were with guardrails.
The amount of commercial trucks crisscrossing Wyoming each year is increasing as population grows and online shopping becomes more popular. Experienced motorcyclists know about the dangers of the “no-zones” associated with big trucks, and why it’s best to keep your distance.
While we can’t control the weather or stop the progress of e-commerce, driving carefully in all of these situations can help prevent any type of auto accident. But when someone doesn’t take that care, drives recklessly, and that ends up causing a motorcycle accident, we believe they should be held responsible. Metier has been holding negligent Wyoming drivers accountable for the injuries and suffering they cause for decades, and if you have been an unfortunate victim of such a crash, we can help you too. Call us toll-free at (866) 377-3800.
Unlike someone in a car, a motorcyclist is not protected by any sort of frame or restrained by a seatbelt in the event of a wreck. Because of this, motorcycle accidents often leave victims with catastrophic injuries and enormous medical bills.
Wyoming does have a motorcycle helmet usage law in place for any operators or riders under the age of 18, but such a law is sometimes difficult to enforce, and helmets only protect against some types of physical trauma. Some of the most common injuries that can result from a motorcycle accident in Wyoming include, but are by no means limited to:
Head injuries, Traumatic brain injury
Neck and Spinal Injuries
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, and it was the direct result of the negligent driving of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your physical injuries, pain and suffering, and any lost wages. Contact the compassionate Wyoming personal injury lawyers working at Metier Law Firm, and see how we can help you start down the path to recovery.
Filing a claim for personal injuries and receiving compensation, either as a settlement or as awarded by a court, is rarely a simple and straightforward process. Strict timelines for submitting paperwork, and the complicated nature of much of that paperwork, make having someone with prior experience with motorcycle accident claims extremely helpful.
In the state of Wyoming there is a statute of limitations of four years to file a personal injury claim, but it is best if you contact a trusted Wyoming motorcycle accident attorney as soon as you can after your crash. It takes time to gather evidence and prepare a case, so the more time they have, the better. Call our knowledgeable legal team today, for your free case consultation.
Wyoming is a land of opportunity and natural wonder. And one of the best ways to enjoy it is on two wheels. But when a Wyoming motorcycle accident suddenly takes you away from the things you love, it can leave you feeling shaken, confused, and alone.
Metier Law Firm uses SafeRider® accident investigation and legal services for all of our Wyoming Motorcycle Accident cases. With Metier Law Firm, you have a team of talented, dedicated personal injury attorneys on your side. We will do for you what we’ve been doing for motorcycle accident victims across Wyoming for years, and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Call us anytime, or fill out our online case consultation form, and one of our trustworthy team will answer any questions you have, or just listen to your story. We’re here for you when you need us most, so contact Metier Law Firm, and get your life back.
Many motorcycle accident claims are brought by riders who were injured in single-bike accidents. Some of these accidents are due to defective parts and hardware, and an experienced product liability attorney can help you understand why the crash occurred and how to attribute liability to the responsible party. In other cases, accidents are often caused by hazardous road conditions.
These conditions include, but are not limited to:
Far too many injured riders receive little, or no compensation because they are unable to identify what caused their accident after it occurred. No matter what contributed to your accident, it is important to contact an experienced motorcycle injury attorney as soon as possible so that they can begin investigating the cause of the accident.
At Metier Law Firm, we have access to premier investigative resources that have helped our clients recover hundreds of millions in settlements and verdicts.
We recommend contacting an attorney in your home state as soon as possible to discuss your options. In some cases, a motorcycle injury attorney in your home state may be licensed to practice in other states as well. Even if an attorney in your home state is not licensed to practice in the state in which you were injured, they may be able to refer you to skilled motorcycle accident attorneys in that state. In either case, contacting an attorney in your home state provides you with easy-to-access guidance as you pursue compensation for your injuries.
The damages involved in a personal injury case typically include economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are easily calculable such as:
Non-economic damages are losses or burdens incurred by the accident that are not as easily calculated.
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