Answering Two Common Car Accident Questions
If you are involved in a car accident in Tennessee, 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, 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. Below you’ll find answers to a couple of the more commonly asked ones.
Should I Call A Lawyer Immediately After An Accident?
When you’re involved in a motor vehicle collision, you should first try to pull off the road if you can. For several reasons, you need to be careful about getting out of your vehicle.
First, you might have injuries and not realize it. Leaving your vehicle could put yourself in jeopardy if you try to get up and walk around. Second, if you are on a busy roadway, you could put yourself in harm’s way from oncoming traffic. Third, staying in your car can give you time to calm down and keep your wits about you.
Once you can determine that you are all right physically, you should contact emergency services. Be sure to get a copy of the police report. Finally, when you complete all of the immediate details, you should then contact a personal injury attorney.
My Car Was Damaged, But I Feel Fine. Can I Let The Insurance Companies Handle This?
Even though you don’t appear to be hurt, you still 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 a while after an accident. You might seem to be healthy, but 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.