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What Can I Expect to Be Asked at a Car Accident Deposition?

Posted on : September 28, 2019, By:  Ronald Slonaker

If you were involved in a car accident and a subsequent lawsuit (whether you were the person who brought the lawsuit forward or not), you can expect to be required to undergo what is called a deposition. A deposition is essentially an “interview” or question-and-answer-session where you recount your version of events under oath and on record. Here are examples of questions you may be asked during a car accident deposition and how to get help preparing.

About You

First, you’ll be asked to verify your identifying information. You’ll need to provide your name, date of birth, and contact information, as well as information about your former addresses for the last ten years, what educational background you have, where you work and where you’ve worked over the last several years, and if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime or involved in a civil suit. You’ll also need to disclose information about your medical and family backgrounds, including health problems you have, medication you’re prescribed if you’re married and to whom, how many children you have, and what your living situation looks like.

About the Accident

Next, you’ll be asked to discuss what happened before, during, and immediately after the collision. You’ll need to go into detail about when and where the accident happened, what time it occurred, and what the weather and traffic conditions were at the time. You’ll be asked to recount what you did as well as what you believe the other driver did, and you’ll need to answer questions about whether you or the other driver broke the law, if there were witnesses to the accident, and whether or not you were drinking alcohol before the collision.

About Your Injuries

Lastly, you’ll need to discuss your injuries and any other damages you suffered as a result of the collision. You’ll be asked to answer questions related to what injuries were caused, if you had similar injuries prior to the accident, how your injuries have been treated, and if there were any gaps in your medical care.

How to Prepare for a Car Accident Deposition

Playing a game of 20 questions (or more) with the other party’s legal team can be intimidating. It’s important that you practice how you might answer different questions with the help of a Florida car accident lawyer. Your attorney can help you understand what you should and shouldn’t say, and how to phrase your answers to put your case in the best light. Contact the Slonaker Law Firm today for more information at (352) 629-6656.