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What types of common questions can I expect to be asked at a deposition for my Los Angeles Car Accident Case?

A deposition is a formal legal proceeding that occurs during the Discovery process of litigation. During a deposition, a lawyer for either the Plaintiff or Defendant in a lawsuit takes the testimony of one of the parties, or a witness. A deposition usually occurs in one of the attorneys’ offices or some other neutral location. There are several individuals who will be at the deposition. At the very least, you can expect to see attorneys representing both the Plaintiff and Defendant; a stenographer or court reporter who will record everything being said at the deposition; and the person being deposed (the deponent). Modernly, depositions are also being recorded either audibly through use of a microphone, or visually though use of a video camera.

A few tips for preparing for a depositions are:
Make sure you are prepared.
• Ask your attorney as many questions as you want so that you know what to expect from your deposition.
• Practice how you are going to answer certain anticipated questions regarding your case.
• Read over any documents or notes you have made regarding your case to refresh your memory about the facts surrounding the car accident.
Get to the deposition location promptly.
• The last thing you want is to miss a deposition date, or get to your deposition late.
Bring a snack with you.
• There will be breaks throughout the deposition for you to use the bathroom, and for lunch. Bring a snack with you to keep your energy up.
Dress appropriately
• A deposition is a formal proceeding. Dress as if you were going to court. As mentioned earlier, modernly a lot of depositions are recorded with video cameras, so you want to appear presentable, professional and credible.
Bring cash with you.
• Just incase you may need to pay for parking or if you want to buy some food nearby, bring some cash with you.
Do not bring other people with you.
• It would be unwise for you to bring someone with you to your deposition. Attorneys may ask you questions which you may not be comfortable answering around a friend or loved one. Moreover, you do not want to be distracted during a deposition.
Relax, stay calm, and tell the truth
• Depositions can be stressful and anxiety causing. Don’t let the stress of a deposition get to you. Just relax, stay calm and tell the truth and everything will be fine.

If you are scheduled to be deposed, you should be prepared to answer questions involving your car accident case. Some commonly asked questions that you can expect are:

- Your past residences, including addresses.
- Jobs you have held over the last ten years, including addresses of your employers, and how long you worked there.
- All medical injuries you have had throughout your life, especially injuries related to the physical or emotional injuries you suffered as a result of the car accident.
- Any and all lawsuits you have been involved with, as both a Plaintiff and a Defendant. What kind of dispute was involved, and what the outcome of the lawsuit was.
- Any criminal violations you were charged with.
- All the details involved in the car accident. This will probably include, the time, date, weather conditions, speeds you were driving, whether you were wearing your seat belt, whether you were using your cell phone, whether you were intoxicated, what the cause of the accident was, where you were coming from, where you were going, what route did you take, if you stopped anywhere on your trip, who was with you, whether your turn signal was on, what condition was your car in, what happened after the accident, whether any police or fire department personnel came to the scene of the accident, and whether any individuals witnessed the accident.
- What types of medical treatment you received after the accident, including all your Doctor’s names and contact information.
- Whether you are currently employed.
- Whether you are unable to do certain activities because of the injuries sustained from the car accident.

If you are scheduled to be deposed, or you have any questions regarding depositions, the experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyers at California Attorney Group would be more than happy to assist you. Our LA car accident lawyers have conducted hundreds of depositions in regards to car accidents in California. Do not hesitate to contact our friendly L.A. car accident attorneys toll free at 1-800-337-8547.