You’ll be asked several questions about the accident in a car accident deposition. This is an important part of your case as it will strengthen your case and properly prepare you for trial.
Our Michigan car accident lawyers at White Law PLLC explain everything you need to know and what to expect at your deposition. Read on to be prepared for your upcoming deposition.
What Is a Car Accident Deposition?
If this is your first time giving a deposition, it’s understandable if you’re a bit nervous. A car accident deposition is an out-of-court testimony you give before your trial. Its purpose is to clarify the facts and strengths of your case before the trial by answering various questions.
Formally, a car accident deposition is a part of the discovery phase of your case. The discovery phase focuses on collecting evidence and testimonies that the liable party’s lawyer and your lawyer will examine to build their respective cases.
A car accident deposition often occurs in your home or at your Michigan car accident attorney’s law office. You might be able to negotiate where the deposition takes place with your lawyer.
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What Kind of Questions Will You Be Asked at a Car Accident Deposition?
As for the questions you’ll have to answer, they will be based around three main topics. The topics you’ll answer questions about include:
Personal Information and Background
These questions establish your identity and background information, including any relevant experiences that may impact your credibility or knowledge regarding accidents and legal matters.
By delving into your personal background, such as your occupation and educational background, the opposing counsel seeks to assess your level of experience, professional standing, and potential biases that could influence your perspective on the accident.
Here are a few sample questions you may be asked at your car accident deposition:
- What is your legal name, phone number, and birth date?
- What is your job and educational background?
- Do you have pre-existing injuries or health conditions?
- Have you been involved in any legal issues previously?
- What previous addresses have you lived at in the past 10 years?
These questions help establish your firsthand knowledge of the incident, including the sequence of events, the environmental conditions, and your awareness of other factors that may have influenced the accident. Here are some of the questions you may be asked about the accident:
- What is the location and time of the accident?
- Was there a lot of traffic?
- What actions did you take following the accident?
- What was your speed at the time of the accident?
- Did you consume alcohol or any drugs the day before your accident?
By delving into these details, the opposing counsel seeks to understand the circumstances surrounding the accident and assess your credibility as the plaintiff.
When asked about the sequence of events, you can provide a chronological account of what transpired before, during, and after the accident. This includes describing your actions, the movements of other vehicles involved, and any relevant road conditions or obstacles that may have contributed to the incident.
The questions about the damages you’ve suffered will help demonstrate the accident’s effects on you. Your answers will positively impact your case and discredit any fault the defendant tries to place on you. Here are some questions to practice answering with your lawyer about the losses you’ve suffered:
- What injuries did you suffer in your car accident?
- Have you received medical treatment for your injuries?
- Did you have to cut your hours at work due to your injuries?
- What medical expenses did you have to pay for your injuries?
- Can you give examples of the pain and suffering you’ve been through?
The questions and everything you say will be transcribed and kept for reference. Our Michigan car accident lawyers will guide you through these questions and make sure you build a strong case for yourself.
How Should You Answer the Questions You’re Asked?
Now that we’ve gone through the possible questions you might have to answer, we will focus on how you should answer them. To ease the anxiety you may be feeling before your deposition, we want to inform you that there’s no wrong answer you can give in your car accident deposition. But there are a few things you should avoid doing in the course of answering questions.
You should refrain from answering immediately, letting emotions take over, and rambling on. If you do any of these things, it could hurt your chances of winning your case later on. Instead, you should wait about 5 seconds before answering, only answer the question you were asking and nothing else, and don’t let your emotions get the best of you.
If there are questions that you shouldn’t answer because they could hurt your case, our Michigan car accident lawyer at White Law PLLC will inform you. As long as you tell the truth and consistently answer, you’ll do great.
We understand that you may be going through a difficult situation and we are ready to help however we can.
How Can a Car Accident Attorney Help You At Your Car Accident Deposition?
Our team will be with you throughout the whole process. We can help you prepare by asking possible questions you could encounter in your deposition. And if there are questions you aren’t sure how to answer, we can guide you on how to answer them.
While we prepare for your deposition, our lawyers can also help you understand which parts of your story to emphasize and which parts to leave out. Even though we’ll be there to help you, the general rule of thumb is to emphasize how the accident affected you and leave out anything that could show fault in any way.
You will always work directly with your attorney throughout your case.
Contact Us To Start Prepping For Your Car Accident Deposition
Our team at White Law PLLC has served more than 30,000 Michigan clients, and we’ve recovered over $1 billion in all the cases we’ve worked on. Our Michigan car accident lawyers are ready to help you prepare for your car accident deposition.
Contact us to learn more about what to expect at a Michigan car accident deposition.
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