After a car accident, it’s often necessary to pursue compensation for injuries and property damage. Depositions are a part of the process, as they ensure your attorney has the right information to support your case. Here’s what you can expect from the deposition.
What Is a Deposition?
During a deposition, attorneys from either side of a car accident case gather information to support their argument. They obtain information by questioning people relevant to the case, such as bystanders who saw the accident occur. Attorneys can ask any questions they see fit, but the opposing counsel can object to questions, which then creates an official record of the objection. In addition to attorneys, their clients, and witnesses, depositions also include court reporters to document the session.
What Can You Expect After the Deposition?
In most instances, depositions result in a settlement of the accident case. That means that the information gathered during the process will support one side, which can then resolve the case. In other situations, information gathered during a deposition allows either attorney to prepare for a trial. In this instance, each side will present their case, witnesses may be called to provide testimony, and a judge will make a decision on issues related to fault and how much compensation should be provided to the victim.
How Should You Conduct Yourself During the Session?
Be sure to wear appropriate clothing, such as attire you might wear to a job interview. While you must be honest and forthcoming when giving your answers, it also helps to consider how you will answer questions. For instance, you should only provide the facts about what happened and avoid giving more information than necessary. Treat the opposing counsel respectfully, even if you feel under pressure. And in the event you feel particularly stressed, you can ask for a short break to regroup.
Car accident depositions can be stressful, which is why you need a trusted legal team on your side. Hinkle Law Offices not only has years of legal experience behind us, but we also treat our clients with the respect and dignity they deserve. In addition to car accident cases, we can also help with slips and falls, medical malpractice, and many other types of personal injury. Schedule a consultation with our Albuquerque attorneys today by calling (505) TUF-HELP. You can also contact our law firm for more information.