When it comes to car crashes, recreating the chain of events for a jury can be a difficult task. Eyewitness testimonies are often conflicting, and expert testimony from an accident reconstruction specialist can by dry, technical, and hard to follow. With an animated car crash, jurors can be shown what caused and/or contributed to the crash, as well as the aftermath and injuries sustained.
As we discussed in our last blog, a car crash animation can have as many layers of complexity and information as your case requires. It can be tempting to add too much complexity to your animation, leaving the jurors confused instead of enlightened. Or you can err too much on the side of caution and accidentally leave out information that could be crucial to your case. So how can you be sure that your car crash animation is meeting all your needs without going overboard?
3 Tips from the Car Crash Animation Experts at Precise
- Determine what point you are trying to make – Do you want to demonstrate who was at fault for the accident? Do you want to explain how your client’s injuries were sustained? Do you want to show how a faulty design led to the accident, and how it could be corrected? Knowing how you intend to use the animation gives a clear direction for the project and helps guide editing decisions. If your animation is vague or doesn’t clearly tie into your presentation, it could end up having a negative effect on the jurors instead of a positive one.
- Make sure your animation can be clearly viewed by all the jurors, the judge, and opposing counsel – Animations are only effective when they can be seen. If jurors can’t see your exhibit they may feel frustrated or excluded, or they may misunderstand what is being presented. That is why Precise offers full courtroom technology support as part of our litigation support services. We provide, set up, and run all the equipment you need for a dynamic trial presentation.
- Don’t make your animation too complicated – A good animation is produced by healthy discussion between the attorney, the expert, and the animator. The goal of a car crash animation is to explain the facts of the case to a jury of laypeople, bridging the understand gap between the jury and your expert. You don’t need to impress them with bells or whistles. As Joe Friday would say, “Just the facts.”
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If you need a courtroom animation for your next case, call Precise at 866-277-3247. Our expert litigation support staff can create a powerful courtroom presentation for you without breaking your budget.