How To Give A Video Deposition For A Car Accident

Posted on: 6 March 2015

If you were in a vehicle accident, you may be asked to film a video deposition. Though it may sound nerve-wracking, video depositions are important to your case if it goes to trial. The defendant's attorney will ask you questions without the presence of a judge in a conference room. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your video deposition.

Common Questions for Car Accident Deposition

Some common questions you may be asked related to car accidents include:

  • Personal background: employment, education, family background, health, and criminal background
  • Traffic conditions
  • Weather
  • What each driver did prior to the accident
  • Where you were going or coming from when the accident occurred
  • How fast you were going
  • How fast the other driver was going
  • How far the defendant's vehicle was from yours at the time of the accident 
  • Previous lawsuits
  • Injuries caused by this accident
  • Doctors who treated you

Visit the scene of the car accident again to refresh you memory.

Minding Your Manners

Be courteous during the interview. Don't argue with the interviewer. No matter how hard they press, stay calm. If you lose your cool, you will give the defendant an advantage.

Try to get there early so you can become acquainted with the surroundings. Don't talk to anyone other than your attorney. Dress appropriately. Dress as you would for a court appearance. Avoid wearing casual clothing and be well-groomed.

Responding to Questions

It is important how you respond to questions. Respond clearly and audibly because the court reporter must transcribe everything. Don't answer fast.

Listen to each question and think carefully. Don't be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat things you don't understand. Pause briefly so you can collect your thoughts and give your attorney a chance to object.

Answer with short responses and never volunteer information. Just answer what you are asked. Some witnesses mistakenly think they have to tell the whole story. It isn't your fault if the defendant's attorney doesn't get the whole story.

Most video depositions can be long. You are allowed to ask for a break.

Avoid humor and wisecracks. It makes your testimony look untruthful . Be truthful. You are testifying under oath. Lying under oath is perjury. Don't guess. Never hesitate to say "I don't know" or "I don't remember". If you must guess, say "I estimate."

These tips will help you prepare for your deposition. You attorney likewise should also guide you. If you don't have a personal injury attorney, it is advised to get one.