As far as car accidents go, Wyoming is an “at-fault” state. Drivers who cause an accident are responsible for the damages that occur.
You could sue the at-fault driver’s insurance company for compensation if you were injured in an accident. You also have the option of directly suing the at-fault driver.
However, merely claiming that the other motorist is at blame is insufficient. To win, you’ll need strong evidence that the other driver was to blame for the collision. Evidence of the other driver’s reckless driving is one technique to establish blame.
How Can I Prove Reckless Driving?
To prove reckless driving, you’ll need to show that the other driver’s actions were “willful or wanton,” which is more severe than negligence.
The threshold for primary recovery in a car accident is negligence, which requires proof that the other party failed to meet a reasonable driver’s standard of care.
To be charged with intentional and wanton conduct, you must demonstrate more than inattention, inadvertence, negligence, or mistake.
A court in Wyoming rules that “intentionally doing or failing to do something, knowing or having reason to know that it will result in harm to another, in a high degree of probability, will harm him or her” as a result of reckless disregard for the consequences.
You must prove that any rational person in the same situation would understand that the defendant’s actions were outrageous and reckless.
In light of the fact that behavior is judged based on the circumstances, it is a good idea to get legal help who can gather evidence to prove your case in court.
What is the impact of proof of reckless driving on my recovery?
A judge may give you punitive damages if you can show that the other driver was driving carelessly.
Punitive damages are uncommon since they are only granted in circumstances of willful misconduct. Rather than reimburse you, they are intended to punish the reckless driver and deter others from doing the same.
On the other hand, Punitive damages are an additional source of compensation that you can use to pay medical bills or repair your car after an accident.
To Wrap It Up
Reckless driving is a significant traffic offence in Wyoming that can result in fines, jail time, and your driver’s license suspension.
Punitive damages might be available if the other motorist acted with “willful and wanton disregard” for your safety.