What to Expect in a Deposition for a Car Accident

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A personal injury trial is the conclusion of a lengthy legal process leading up to that point.

Discovery is one of the most important parts of your personal injury case. While you can gather evidence from the defendant, they also have that same right. One key way that they can learn more from you is by having you sit for a deposition, a crucial part of your case, and one where you need a lawyer present. To learn more about the legal process, contact the experienced Pensacola car accident attorneys at Stevenson Klotz Injury Lawyers.

What Is a Deposition?

A deposition is one part of the discovery process where the defendant’s lawyer can verbally seek information from you. They can ask you questions about the facts of the case under oath for up to seven hours. The defendant wants to know what you know, how you may testify, and if you would make a strong witness at trial. In addition, they are trying to get you on the record, so they can object if you testify inconsistently at trial with what you said at your deposition.

The deposition will usually occur at a lawyer’s office with you, your attorney, the defendant’s lawyer, and a court reporter present. While a deposition is a more informal process, it is often no less intimidating than a court.

How To Prepare for a Deposition

It is essential that you take the time to prepare for a deposition. Your words matter so take the time to practice answering questions both truthfully and concisely. While you want to answer accurately, you also do not want to volunteer too much information. The more you say, the more you can get yourself into trouble. A car accident lawyer will help you prepare for your deposition ahead of time, working with you through some of the questions you may be asked.

Why You Need a Lawyer for a Deposition

While depositions do not have the same formality as the courtroom, you still need an attorney to defend you. Your attorney protects your legal rights during the deposition. The defendant’s attorney may ask you questions about which your attorney may need to object. If your lawyer does not object to the question being asked in the deposition, you may lose the right entirely.

Contact a Pensacola Personal Injury Lawyer Today

The attorneys at Stevenson Klotz Injury Lawyers represent you at every phase of the litigation process, including at your deposition. You can schedule a free initial consultation, where you can speak with one of our lawyers and learn more about your possible legal case. To begin the legal process, you can send us a message through our website or call us today at 850-444-0000.

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