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What Are Common Deposition Questions for an Auto Accident Lawsuit?

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Most car accident claims settle without ever going to court. However, when parties cannot come to a fair settlement, a claimant may  file an auto accident lawsuit to get the compensation amount they deserve. When they file suit, depositions will ensue and your personal injury lawyer will be able to interview the defendant. It is also likely that opposing counsel will interview you as well. The following considers what a deposition is, and what some common deposition questions are during an auto accident lawsuit– What Is an Auto Accident Deposition? Depositions are one of the tools that lawyers use during the discovery – or investigative – process of a lawsuit to gain information. Simply put, depositions are oral statements given by parties under oath, and deposing a person is the act of the lawyer asking the person questions. In an official deposition during the car accident lawsuit process, the deposition is recorded, and all persons questioned are required to answer truthfully. Multiple parties, including the plaintiff and the defendant, as well as any medical providers and witnesses, may be deposed. Auto Accident Deposition Questions for the Defendant Your car accident lawyer will be responsible for deposing the defendant, the person against whom you are filing a car accident lawsuit. In addition to several background questions, such as the defendant’s name and address, your attorney will probably ask: Where did you start your travels prior to the collision? Where was your destination if the car crash did not happen? Who else was in the vehicle with you? What were your activities prior to operating your vehicle that day? Had you consume anything alcoholic to drink, or taken any other impairing substances, including prescription drugs within 24 hours prior to the accident? Were you in scope of employment at the time of the car crash? How fast were you going at the time of the accident? Were you talking on a cellphone at the time of the incident? How large was the impact between the two vehicles? Did you see the other vehicle that was involved in the collision prior to the accident? The list of questions goes on and on, and will vary significantly depending upon the details of your crash. Your lawyer’s goal is to secure facts for an admission of fault from the defendant in order to prove negligence and strengthen your case. Auto Accident Deposition Questions for the Plaintiff You will also be deposed during the car accident process. Just like your lawyer will try to secure an admission of liability from the defendant, the legal representation for the defense will try to gain information to lessen their scope for fault and damages for your injuries. For this reason, it is very important that you are careful in what you say, do not provide more information that you are asked, and are prepared for even the most difficult of questions. Some common deposition questions include: Background questions regarding name, birthday, school and work history. Describe the details of your accident. Where were you going? Did you make any stops? What did you see before the accident happened? What were you doing at the time of the crash? How fast were you going? Did you see the other vehicle involved in the accident prior to the collision? Were you wearing a seatbelt at the time of collision? Did you call the police after the accident? When did you seek medical care after your accident? How much time had elapsed after the accident did you see a medical provider? Whom did you see for your injuries? How long did you see your doctors? What did the doctors do for your injuries? What are your bills? Describe the details of your injuries. Did you lose any time off of work? How much? Are you fully healed? What limitations are you now experiencing? What can you not do currently that you were able to do before the collision? Additional Depositions In addition to deposing the defendant, and being deposed yourself by the defendant’s lawyer, you should also consider deposing key witnesses and experts. Witnesses may be key to prove the defendant is at fault for the car crash and to strengthen your pain and suffering claim. Experts can make opinions on how your body moved due to the impact of the crash and future medical needs. Luckily, when you work with the experienced auto accident lawyers at the Beliz Law Firm, we will handle all aspects of the deposition for you, and help you to prepare for the defense’s questions. Contact us today for your free consultation and information.

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What Can I Expect from a Free Consultation with a Car Accident Lawyer?

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Before you hire an attorney to represent you for your auto accident claim, you should schedule a free consultation. Nearly all auto accident lawyers offer cost-free consultations, in which you can ask the attorney any questions that you may have about the claim process, as well as his or her experience in car accident law. It is important that you enter your free consultation prepared. Here are a few things that you should expect during your initial meeting– Expect to Talk About the Details of Your Crash and Your Injuries It can be emotional to talk about the details of your crash, your medical treatment, and any injuries from which you are still suffering. However, during a free consultation with a car accident lawyer, talking about the details is critical. You should be prepared to not only talk about the specifics of the collision and your injuries but also to provide documents or evidence related to your case like a traffic collision report, your auto insurance declaration page, medical records and photos of the property damage to your vehicle. Remember, the details of your consultation are completely confidential, and you should feel comfortable relaying facts in your consultation. Expect to Ask Questions Our attorney will provide you with time to ask any questions that you may have. It is important that you ask questions relevant to your case. In addition, you want to get information about the attorney because you want to work with someone who is experienced and successful in his or her profession. Some questions to ask include: How many years have you been practicing car accident law? What percentage of your work is in personal injury law? In auto accident law? What is your educational background? Are you a member of The State Bar of California? How do you charge your clients? How much will I owe you? Do I have to pay for the costs of my case? You should also ask questions that are specific to your case, such as: What are the steps in the claim process? How long will my case take to settle? What is my auto accident claim worth? Can you refer me to medical providers for my injuries? Can you help me resolve the property damage to my car? Why is hiring an attorney in my best interest? Expect to Wait a Few Days Before Making a Decision At the conclusion of your auto accident lawyer free consultation, you are under no obligation to hire the attorney right then, or even at all. In fact, you should take a couple of days to think about what you want to do next, understanding that pursuing a claim is a big commitment. In many cases, the attorney may also want to review the details of your claim before he or she agrees to take it on. If for some reason the attorney is unable to handle your claim, he or she may be able to refer you to another, experienced legal professional. Schedule Your California Auto Accident Lawyer Free Consultation Today At the Beliz Law Firm, our Long Beach auto accident attorneys know that when you are injured in a car crash, you want answers. We provide confidential, free consultations to those in Long Beach, Westminster, and the rest of California.We give you an opportunity to get some of the information you need. If you are ready to learn more, please contact us today. We provide after-hours and weekend consultations and are available to take your call 24 hours a day. Reach us now online or at 562-452-3772.

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2014 Drunk Driving Video Essay Scholarship Winner

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The winner of The Beliz Law Firm Scholarship 2014 is Jacob Laureanti. On behalf of The Beliz Law Firm, we want to congratulate Jacob for his video essay regarding the effects of drunk driving. We also want to say thank you to everyone who submitted videos for the scholarship. Check out Jacob’s scholarship winning video below:

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