Questions To Expect At A Car Accident Deposition
Before any personal injury lawsuit proceeds to trial, the 2 sides face each other at a discovery session. During that discovery session, a witness answers questions under oath. Well, who might act as a witness at a car accident deposition?
Usually, it is one or more of the involved drivers or one of more of the passengers in the damaged vehicles. Additionally, it can be an eyewitness.
What are the principle subjects that need to be covered by the questions that get asked during a deposition? Most of the lawyers are of the opinion that the plaintiff’s background and the defendant’s background. It may include details, regarding how the accident happened and the nature and extent of the victim’s injuries.
It is better to ask ICBC Lawyers in Vancouver to help you through the maze of questions that you’d be asked. Some of these might be like:
Questions on background:
• What is your name, address and phone number?
• What is your date of birth?
• What was the highest educational level that you completed?
• What are the details on your health and medical background?
• Who has been your doctor for the past 10 years?
• What is your employment history?
• Have you filed any lawsuits in the past?
• Have you filed for workers’ compensation in the past?
Questions on how accident happened:
• What was the date of the accident?
• Where did that same incident take place?
• What were the weather conditions?
• What were the traffic conditions?
• When did you first see the other car?
• How fast were you moving?
• How fast was the other driver going?
• Did you see the other driver using a cell phone?
• Did you speak with the driver after the accident?
• Did any part of your body hit car’s interior space?
• What part of each vehicle got damaged?
• Where were you as you recovered?
Questions on treatment of injuries:
• What were your injuries?
• Did you have any previous health conditions?
• Did you get out of the car at the scene of the accident?
• At what point did you seek medical advice?
• Did your symptoms improve after you started treatment?
• Did you miss any time at work?
You lawyer will help you and give tips for answering the above questions. Usually, if you do not know the answer, state that fact. It is best not to guess at the answer. You should not make-up an answer. Be truthful, if the treatment has not worked, say so. If you could not see the other driver, due to the vehicle’s darkened windows, be sure to make that fact clear to the questioner.
Do not offer information that has not been sought by the questioner. Unless a question clearly seeks a yes or no answer, try to avoid saying no more than “yes” or “no.”
Be sure to answer the question. Do not make it look like you have chosen to avoid giving an answer to the question that you were asked. If you do not hear the question, or do not understand it, ask the questioner to repeat it.