An accident animation is effective at mediation and trial only if it can hold up to scrutiny. If it can be visualized accurately, animation enhances an expert's opinion. Using the ability of 3D animation to show the perspectives that strengthen your argument can make your presentation powerful.
We created a 30 second animation presenting a reenactment of an accident between an SUV and a tractor trailer. Both vehicles were involved in a head-on collision, the SUV's driver suffering serious injuries to her face and upper torso. The truck had turned without signaling at an intersection, ignoring the SUV's right of way.
Starting with a police and expert engineer's report, we created a 3D model of the intersection diagram, placing signs, lane demarcations and foliage in their correct positions and placed models of both vehicles involved. At this point we were able to create a "dry run" 3D model for the attorneys to give them a choice of views they thought would work best for them.
The reconstruction expert supplied us positioning and speed, second by second to place the vehicles accurately. Upon approval by the attorneys, we rendered the video, frame by frame in high resolution. The finished animation could then be placed in PowerPoint, Keynote, trial software or on DVD, ready to run. The expert's opinion was in agreement, step by step with what we were showing in the animation, adding integrity to his testimony.
The combination of both testimony and animation becomes extremely powerful with a viewer basing their decision on an objective opinion of the expert's testimony and the emotional impact of being in the plaintiff's shoes. Instantly, it puts a viewer at the scene and shows where the vehicles were and when.
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