After a man’s vehicle broke down on a busy highway, an approaching tractor-trailer swerved to the shoulder of the road and easily avoided a collision. However, a second approaching vehicle made no attempt to avoid the hazard and plowed through the disabled vehicle, causing a fiery explosion that killed the driver.
Matt Kyle, Esq., and Fred Cludius, Esq., needed to show how the Defendant truck driver could have easily avoided this collision had he noticed the Plaintiff’s flashing hazard lights and swerved around the immobilized vehicle like the first truck driver. We created an accurate animation series that would achieve the following objectives.
Establish what happened from an aerial perspective.
Show what happened from the Defendant truck driver’s perspective.
Demonstrate how easily this collision could have been avoided from the Defendant truck driver’s perspective had he simply recognized the flashing hazard lights and swerved around the Plaintiff like the first truck driver.
Anchor the audience’s understanding of the impact this negligence caused for the victim by recreating the scene from the perspective of a theoretical witness to the violent collision up close.
Reinforce the accuracy of the animation series by displaying it alongside a split-screen of real-world footage we captured during the on-site inspection.
The first animation shows an overhead perspective of the incident from the perspective of a highway camera atop a streetlight. The video opens with the disabled vehicle in the third lane, closest to the shoulder of the road. The video below the animation shows a surveillance perspective from a nearby strip mall.
The camera documents a semi-tractor bearing down on the disabled vehicle from the bottom of the screen. The driver steers his rig to the right and onto the shoulder, avoiding the Honda. The truck safely returns onto the highway. Moments later, a second semi appears in the bottom of the frame, makes no attempt to avoid the vehicle, and plows through the Plaintiff in a fiery explosion.
After establishing what happened from an aerial perspective, the next animation recreates the Defendant truck driver’s perspective as he barrels down on the disabled vehicle, which could clearly be seen flashing its hazard lights.
Animating the Defendant’s perspective allows viewers to objectively evaluate how easily the collision could have been avoided - and how clearly and grossly liable the Defendant is for the death of the victim.
The next animation shows the safer alternative scenario from the Defendant driver’s perspective and demonstrates how easily this collision could have been avoided had the truck driver simply recognized the flashing hazard lights and swerved around the Plaintiff like the first truck driver.
When you can show that a horrific disaster was easily avoidable, your audience will understand and believe with more conviction why the defendant’s reckless conduct must be punished. In mediation, your audience will understand how vulnerable the Defendant is to facing punitive damages if the case were ever to go in front of a jury.
Once we had established what happened and how this violent collision could have easily been avoided, we recreated the scene from a perspective of a theoretical witness to anchor the audience’s understanding of the impact this negligence caused for the victim.
The animation opens with the disabled vehicle coming to a stop. Smoke is seen billowing out from the car’s hood as the driver initiates his hazard lights. As traffic races past the Plaintiff, the witness camera turns to the left to reveal the first oncoming semi approaching and follows the truck as it swerves past the Plaintiff to the right. The witness camera then focuses back on the disabled vehicle with its hazard lights still flashing diligently. Moments later, the camera again turns to the left to reveal the second truck, which makes no attempt to avoid the impending collision. He smashes through the disabled vehicle sending debris flying in all directions and shearing the vehicle into a twisted wreck.
What differentiates our animations from our competition is that the foundation of our work is grounded in scientific methodologies using the latest technology available in order to portray the greatest realism possible. This top-to-bottom comparison shows the real-world footage of the semi’s approach (top) as compared to our accurate reconstruction of the POV.
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