Wyoming is a beautiful state with plenty of wide open spaces and high speed limits. It makes for an exhilarating driving experience, but it can also be a recipe for accidents.
These accidents can often be prevented by exercising caution and obeying Wyoming’s driving laws.
Most people will obey these laws and make the roads safer for everyone. But others may choose to ignore them, and they put other drivers in danger when they do this.
This isn’t fair, but knowing Wyoming’s driving laws will make you a better defensive driver and allow you to mount a robust personal injury claim if your injuries force you to do so.
Specific Rules in Wyoming
Wyoming has many driving laws, and these are some of the ones you should know.
Seat belts: All vehicle occupants ages 9 and over technically have to wear seat belts, both in the front and back seat. It’s worth noting, however, that this is a secondary law, which means that you can only be charged with it if you’re already breaking another law. Children under 9 need to be in an appropriate child restraint system or booster seat.
Drunk driving: Wyoming does not allow drivers to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more. If you do so, you could be convicted of drunk driving. If it’s your first offense, you won’t have to install an ignition interlock device (IID) unless your BAC is particularly high (0.15 or more).
Open container laws: All vehicle occupants are prohibited from handling or consuming from open containers of alcohol in the passenger area of the car. Of course, closed containers can be transported in the passenger area. Additionally, those open containers can be placed in the trunk.
Distracted driving: Distracted driving is simply any activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road. This encompasses many activities, but a pervasive one is texting while driving. To combat this behavior, Wyoming has imposed a ban on texting while driving. Adhering to it keeps everyone safer.
Drunk Driving and Your Wyoming Auto Accident
You didn’t see him-- there’s no way you could have. He was going above the speed limit and swerving wildly when he hit you.
Later, after you’ve been hospitalized, you might learn that his BAC was 0.15, so the driver that hit you was driving drunk.
You don’t deserve to go bankrupt over medical bills due to someone else’s errors, and Wyoming’s laws make it so that you may not have to. Wyoming is a fault state, and that means you’ll be able to file a personal injury claim against the other driver.
That claim can help you cover your medical bills and associated costs as a result of the accident. But you’ll only get the compensation you need if your claim is successful, and a personal injury attorney can greatly improve your chances.
Hiring a Personal injury Lawyer
A good personal injury attorney will work hard to collect evidence and mount a persuasive case for why you should get financial compensation for your injury. Better yet, he or she will do this without any upfront costs since personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis.
Your lawyer will serve as an ally who can help you get out of this mess an irresponsible driver put you in. There’s no time to lose-- get a free evaluation now.