Car Accidents FAQ

If you are involved in a car accident, many thoughts will immediately go through your head. In fact, being involved in a car crash can seem overwhelming to many people — not just in the immediate aftermath of the wreck, but in the days and weeks to come as you come to terms with any injuries and damage to your vehicle.

At the Stapleton Law Office in Rogersville, Tennessee, attorney Mark Stapleton and our staff understand that you're going through a difficult time after you've been in a car accident. We know you'll have many questions about your situation. Here are a couple of the more commonly asked ones that many of our clients have:

Should I call a lawyer right away after an accident?

When you're involved in a car collision, you should first try to pull off the road, if you can. Be careful about getting out of your vehicle, for several reasons. First, you might be injured and not realize it, so you could put yourself in jeopardy if you try to get up and walk around. Second, if you're on a busy roadway, you could put yourself in harm's way from oncoming traffic. And third, staying in your car can give you time to calm down and keep your wits about you.

Once you can determine that you're all right physically, you should contact emergency services. Be sure to get a copy of the police report. Finally, when all of the immediate details have been completed, you should then contact a personal injury attorney.

Although my car was damaged, I feel fine. Can't I just let the insurance companies handle things?

Just because you don't appear to be hurt, you might have an injury — such as an internal injury, or even a brain injury — that might not be obvious. You might not feel pain for quite awhile after an accident, so just because you seem to be healthy, it can't hurt to get examined by a doctor and then contact a lawyer to see where to go from there.

You also can't judge the seriousness of an accident based on the condition of your vehicle. Sometimes a car is completely mangled, but the occupants walk away unharmed; other times, a car is only slightly damaged, but those inside bear the brunt of the accident.