Last June, 5 people died in a fiery crash at milepost 28.5 on WY 789. Two vehicles collided head-on, and when emergency services arrived, both vehicles were on fire, according to KGWN. Traveling northbound was a 2010 Nissan Armada, with four people inside. For reasons currently being investigated, the Armada drifted across the center line and smashed into a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. The truck was also pulling a trailer behind it. Both vehicles burst into flames almost immediately after the crash. Everyone in the Armada suffered life-ending injuries, as did a passenger in the pickup. The only survivor from the vehicles, the driver of the Silverado was rescued from the wreck by passing motorists and was taken by helicopter to a Denver hospital.
The occupants of the Armada were all from Colorado. The driver was Heather White, 44, from Peyton. The three passengers have been announced as her children. Wyoming resident Eric Hagen was the driver of the pickup, and the deceased passenger was Katie O’Keefe, of Casper, Wyoming. While the crash is still being investigated, officials believe that White was speeding, and also not paying proper attention to the road.
When you get in an accident in Wyoming, there are certain steps that you should take to cover all your bases for any legal and insurance claims that might follow. For instance, according to the Wyoming DMV, do not leave the scene unless you are injured and need urgent medical care.Leaving the scene can result in a suspension of your license. You may be needed to provide information to emergency services if you’re able to.If this accident resulted in death or a serious injury, then you must file a report with the Department of Transportation, and quite possibly the police. You can be fined for not reporting to the DOT if you fail to do so.
At the scene, make a note of everything you can about the accident. Remember the circumstance, your actions, and the actions of others involved. You shouldn’t feel pressured to speak to anyone on the scene other than the police, however. You should give the police a detailed description of what you know, but avoid talking to other drivers or anyone involved in the accident. First off, anything you say could potentially be evidence, and secondly, you don’t want to start a fight or anything if another party doesn’t like what you’ve said. The only information you should share is your name and your insurance information. Certainly don’t apologize, as that could be used against you.
No matter how minor the injury, it’s always a good idea to get legal advice. That way you can cover yourself in case someone files a claim against you or your insurance company. A Cheyenne, Wyoming accident attorney can help protect your rights and your compensation. They will do all of the negotiating for you, so you can focus on recovering and rehabilitating.