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Recreating a Car Accident for the Courtroom – The Benefits of Animation



Whether you represent an insurance company or an injured victim, presenting a car accident claim in indisputable detail is vital to the success of your case. Although photos and witness testimony are very powerful tools in car accident claims, animations provide an elevated level of detail that substantially impacts jurors as they make their decision. At Trial Spectrum, Inc., our team of animators will work with you to create the scene you need to support your legal arguments.


Vehicle “Black Boxes”


Most cars today are equipped with a “black box,” or event data recorders. Since the early 2000s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has used data from these devices to track accident statistics and patterns. Many police departments are also able to obtain information from event data recorders after a crash.


Event data recorders provide a wealth of information, such as the use of turn signals, rate of speed, braking activity, and even seatbelt use. Depending on the make and model of the vehicle, additional information may also be recorded.


How can the information from an event data recorder be used to strengthen arguments in the courtroom?


At TrialSpectrum, Inc., we can take the information from event data recorders and use them to create an animation that shows the jury exactly how an accident occurred. When jurors see a recreation, they are less likely to draw their own conclusions or make assumptions about how the accident occurred.


Animations also make the circumstances surrounding a car accident easier for the jury to understand. During a slideshow of photographs, for example, a juror may not have adequate time to study the photograph before an attorney moves on to the next photograph. Piecing the timeline of events together may be confusing. However, with an animation, all of the details of the crash are displayed in one smooth, continuous presentation.


Accident Reconstruction Experts


A detailed animation coupled with expert testimony is compelling evidence for a jury. Accident reconstruction experts may refer to animations as they explain vehicle damage, road conditions, and a driver’s actions in the moments before and during an accident.


At TrialSpectrum, Inc., we analyze the details of your case to determine both the number of animations that may be needed in your case, as well as the information the animations should provide. For example, an accident reconstruction expert may use one animation to demonstrate the effect of speed on a crash, and another to explain how weather conditions impacted an accident.


In cases where the cause of a crash is disputed, accident reconstruction experts provide excellent analyses that are both convincing and reliable.


Explaining Injuries


Of course, injuries are often the primary focus of a motor vehicle accident claim. Using medical records, expert testimony, and other pieces of evidence, the experts at Trial Spectrum, Inc., are able to create animations that demonstrate how an injury occurred. Whether you need to support a victim’s claim for damages or argue against damages on behalf of an insurance company, an animation will strengthen your arguments.


Call TrialSpectrum, Inc., Today to Discuss Your Upcoming Trial


If you are likely to have a motor vehicle accident case go to trial, contact the team at TrialSpectrum, Inc., today to discuss our services. We produce high quality animations and have assisted law firms and attorneys throughout the United States in a variety of cases. To learn more, call 1-800-789-0084 or visit www.trialspectrum.com today.

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