A deposition is what will normally occur before you are asked to go to trial following a car accident. You will be questioned by the other side's attorney under oath in order to gather more evidence about the case. A judge will not be present, but the questions and testimony given at the deposition will be recorded by a court reporter. This information is often used during a trial, so the answers given during a deposition should be treated accordingly.
Treat a Deposition Like a Court Case
Before the deposition, prepare your testimony and go over the details of the case with your personal injury attorney. It may help to re-read police reports, visit the scene of the accident, and review any materials that can help you refresh your memory of the accident.
The day of the deposition, act as though you are attending a trial. Dress appropriately, be courteous and professional, and recognize that your testimony is under oath even though you may not be in a court.
During a deposition, remember to:
- Make sure you fully understand the question before crafting your answer
- Do not answer questions that you do not understand
- Do not lie about what happened
- Remain calm and collected
- Appear alert and interested
- Answer the question fully and completely, without providing unnecessary information
- Give a yes or no response only if the question calls for it
- Do not guess about information, and give a general range if needed
- Do not allow yourself to be intimidated by the prosecution
- Read any documents that you are asked to comment upon before making a statement
- Allow yourself to correct any mistakes that may have occurred
Depositions provide valuable information to both sides of the court case, which is why it is so important to be prepared with your legal statements. You are welcome to consult with your attorney about the questions and any information you provide.
Have you been called for a deposition but do not have legal representation? Do not allow yourself to be questioned without someone there to defend your rights. Contact the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. for experienced counsel.