Robert Potter of Mann & Potter negotiated a successful settlement for the victim of a rear-end cycling collision after a heavy truck struck him from behind while he was riding his bike at night.
The Defendant truck driver attempted to deny liability, claiming that he could not see the cyclist because the street lights were off at the time of the incident.
A crash investigation could not confirm whether the lights were on or off at the time of the collision. However, the investigation did establish that the Defendant was crowding the shoulder of the roadway in an extra-wide lane. A simulation of the headlight output also demonstrated that the Defendant should have been able to clearly see the Plaintiff regardless of whether the street lights were on or off.
Mr. Potter had the evidence to establish liability, but he needed to visualize this data to more compellingly show the Defense how easily the truck driver should have been able to avoid this collision.
3D Animated crash reconstruction from aerial perspective.
Mr. Potter tasked our forensic team with building an animation series that would accurately demonstrate two versions of the incident: with the street lights on and off. We presented the animation from both the Defendant driver’s perspective and an aerial perspective. The exhibits were built to help Mr. Potter achieve the following visual objectives:
Animate what happened from an aerial perspective.
Animate what happened from the Defendant’s perspective behind the wheel.
Animate how easily the Defendant driver could have avoided the collision had the street lights been off.
Animate how easily the Defendant driver could have avoided the collision had the street lights been on.
Illustrate the damage the Plaintiff suffered as a result of this negligence.
3D Animated crash reconstruction from defendant’s perspective with street lights on.
The animation series established that the Defendant driver should have been able to clearly see the Plaintiff and easily avoid the collision regardless of whether the street lights were on or off. The illustration highlighted the brutal fracture in an X-ray that was taken after it was fixated with hardware. After being presented with this visual evidence, the Defense agreed to settle the case for a successful, confidential amount.
“High Impact has been known for detailed illustrations and customer support. Recently High Impact completed a complicated nighttime animation that took about 2 months to complete. Their staff presented me with a weekly update and walked me through the process. These animations took the case to a different level based on our accident reconstruction, human factors, and trucking experts' assistance. High Impact provided us with a dashcam on the commercial vehicle and a bird's eye view when there was no recording of the crash. The animations were a game-changer.”
Robert Potter – Mann & Potter
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