What to Expect If You Have to Give a Deposition After a Car Accident
If you are involved in a car accident, you may be asked to give a deposition about what happened. A deposition is a formal, out-of-court hearing that allows both parties to ask questions about the accident. It takes place during the discovery phase of a lawsuit, prior to trial. It is imperative that you consult with a lawyer prior to answering any questions or sitting for a car accident deposition.
At Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A., we provide legal representation for individuals who have been seriously injured in car accidents throughout Mississippi. Our lawyers will represent you in and out of the courtroom, including at depositions. We have secured millions of dollars on behalf of clients statewide. If you were injured in a car accident, contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.
What Is a Car Accident Deposition?
A car accident deposition is a formal hearing that takes place out of court. It allows both parties to ask witnesses questions about the crash. Depositions take place during discovery which is the first phase of a lawsuit. They help both sides to understand exactly what happened before, during, and after the accident.
Questions asked at a deposition are done under oath, meaning that you must be truthful throughout the process. It is in your best interest to consult with a lawyer prior to the deposition and to have legal counsel by your side throughout the process.
What Questions Will They Ask at a Car Accident Deposition?
During a car accident deposition, questions will be asked about your background, the collision, and your injuries. A lawyer can help prepare you for the deposition by going over the types of questions they may ask.
Questions commonly asked during a car accident deposition include:
- Did you have any injuries or medical conditions prior to the accident?
- Have you missed significant time from work due to a prior medical condition or injury?
- Where were you headed or coming from at the time of the accident?
- What were the weather conditions?
- What were the road conditions?
- How fast were you going?
- Did you consume alcohol or drugs in the 24 hours prior to the accident?
- Did you receive a diagnosis for your injuries?
- When did you receive the diagnosis?
- What symptoms do you have?
These are only a few of the many questions that you will be asked during a car accident deposition. It is important to know that you will be asked difficult questions that could impact your recovery. Any gaps in treatment will be scrutinized, making it essential that you receive medical care immediately after the accident and continue treatment.
How Long Will a Car Accident Deposition Take?
A car accident deposition can take anywhere from around 30 minutes to several hours. It depends on the severity of the injuries and whether liability is disputed in the case.
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