A deposition is a meeting where you are asked questions, and you provide answers about a particular situation. This is common in car accident lawsuit cases in order to establish facts about the accident. Whether you are a driver, passenger, or eyewitness, you may be wondering what happens during a deposition. Let’s take a look.
What Happens During a Deposition Regarding a Car Accident?
You will be asked questions, and your answers will be recorded. This process can take quite a bit of time, up to several hours. The answers you provide during a deposition are considered a testimony, and are considered to be given under oath.
You will likely be deposed (interviewed) by the other party’s attorney or a representative of his or her insurance company. It is always advisable to answer questions in a direct, concise manner. Say what you need to, but don’t go overboard or provide information that isn’t relevant to the case.
You can expect to be asked questions related to:
- Personal Background (personal, employment, criminal, health, etc.)
- How the Car Accident Occurred
- Injuries you Sustained
- Treatment you Received
- How the Accident has Affected You
Tips for Car Accident Depositions
Here are a few tips for car accident depositions you can keep in mind if you have been involved in a car accident:
- Be prepared – Bring any relevant documents to your deposition including medical records, police reports, etc.
- Don’t Guess – If you are asked a question and aren’t sure about the answer, make that known and don’t attempt to guess or theorize.
- Be Honest – Always answer questions honestly. You can expect the interviewer to fact-check your information.
- Remember Nonverbal Communication Matters – The interviewer will likely be watching you for nonverbal cues that could suggest you aren’t being honest. Remain objective yet likeable.