Prepare to Testify in Your Truck Case
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you’ll probably need to testify at some point in order to receive compensation for your injuries.
Preparing for a Court Appearance or Deposition
Whether you are testifying formally in court, or less formally in a deposition, your attorney will help you get ready. He won’t coach you to provide specific answers, but he will advise you. Some of the things your attorney may do to help you prepare include:
- Advise you from experience. Most experienced attorneys have performed countless depositions, so they know the kinds of questions lawyers ask in order to provoke witnesses into giving the answers they want to hear. Your attorney can counsel you on how to best handle probing questions designed to upset you, so you can avoid knee-jerk reactions that could damage your case.
- Help you separate facts from opinions. You’re giving sworn testimony under oath, so it’s critically important that you get all of your facts straight. Your attorney can help you deliver answers that are both accurate and effective and avoid any allegations of perjury.
- Play devil’s advocate. If your social media account posts or other publicly available information contradicts what you’ve stated under oath, a judge might think you’re lying. Your attorney should ensure that your testimony can hold up under scrutiny.
- Perfect your testimony. A skilled attorney understands that how you say something is just as important as what you say. Speaking clearly is of critical importance, and he can help you with diction and articulation to ensure that you are properly understood.
- Help you look your best. Whether you’re testifying in court or via a videotaped deposition, you will be judged based on your appearance. Failure to dress appropriately may be interpreted as a lack of respect for the court and the legal process, undermining the value of your testimony. Your attorney can advise you regarding appropriate business attire for your situation.
Your Attorney Can Help
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, your testimony is likely to be one of the most important elements of your case. This may be your first courtroom testimony or deposition, but your attorney has likely been through this process countless times. To learn more about what the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., can do for you, visit us on Facebook.