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What Questions Are Asked at a Car Accident Deposition?

Posted on : August 18, 2019
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Anyone involved in a car crash and the lawsuit that follows is typically required to submit to a deposition. This is essentially a question-and-answer interview where you’re asked to go over your version of events on record and under oath. Get familiar with the types of questions that will be asked and learn what you can do to get help preparing for your deposition:

Questions About Yourself

The first thing you’ll be asked to provide during the deposition is information about yourself. You might see questions like:

  • What is your name, address, birth date, and telephone number?
  • Where have you lived in the last ten years?
  • What education or certifications do you have?
  • Where do you work and how much do you get paid?
  • Where have you worked over the last several years?
  • Have you been convicted of a crime?
  • Have you been involved in a civil suit?
  • Are you married?
  • How many children do you have?
  • Do you have any health problems?
  • What medications do you take?
  • Which doctors have you seen in the last ten years and for what conditions?
  • What does your living situation look like?

Questions About the Collision

You’ll also need to answer several questions about the accident itself, such as:

  • When and where did the collision happen?
  • What time of day did the accident occur?
  • Were you drinking alcohol before the accident?
  • What were you doing just before the accident? What was the other driver doing?
  • What happened during the collision?
  • What parts of the vehicles involved were damaged?
  • Do you have photographs to show where the cars collided and where they came to rest?

Questions About Damages

The last questions you’ll need to answer during your car accident deposition are about damages, particularly your injuries and how they affected you. Expect to hear questions like:

  • Where were you injured and how severe were the injuries?
  • What kind of medical care have you received for your injuries?
  • Were there any gaps in your medical care after the accident?
  • Have you previously been injured in the same area of your body for another reason?
  • How has these injuries impacted your daily life and ability to work?

Do You Need an Attorney?

Being subjected to dozens of questions (or more) by the other driver’s lawyers can be an intimidating and challenging experience. You can best prepare for your deposition by going over possible questions and answers with your lawyer beforehand. Your attorney can help you navigate between good answers and answers that may hurt your case, so you can be confident during your deposition. To learn more, contact the Bourlon Law Firm at (361) 289-6040.