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Aerial Photography in Reconstructing Truck Accidents

When reconstructing truck accidents, aerial photography can prove to be a highly persuasive measure to convince jurors of the plaintiff’s case in truck accident litigation. Aerial photographs provide very clear perspective on how a truck accident happened by showing an easily understood view of the crash scene. Moreover, aerial pictures can be prove pivotal in assisting experts in developing their opinions about the missteps of the truck driver and his truck that led to the tragic harm caused to the victims.

What is Aerial Photography?

An aerial photo is, rather simply, a photo taken from the air, typically in a helicopter hovering above a crash scene. The photo is shot is taken directly over a key area, with a specialized camera. The aerial photo provides a birds-eye view of a truck crash. Aerial photos are sometimes referred to as vertical photos.

How Does Accident Mapping Work?

Aerial photography used in a truck accident reconstruction

With aerial photographs, accident reconstruction experts can map an accident by overlaying the vertical (aerial) photos with the horizontal photos taken of the scene of the crash before the scene was cleaned up. This mapping enables the experts to digitize the scene layout for use in animation. This animation can be extremely impressive and demonstrative to any prospective jurors in a truck accident case.

Aerial Photography to Document Truck Crash Scenes

In most instances, by the time your investigators arrive at a truck crash scene, that scene has been altered. Oftentimes, the evidence has be removed or lost, making the recreation of that crash sequence much more difficult. The use of aerial photography allows truck accident lawyers and their experts to recreate the entire scene, documenting the roads and the surrounding environment.

In most, if not all, fatal truck accidents, police officers with specialized are able to document very accurately the speed, location, and direction of travel of the vehicles at the time of the collision. These police officers look to the measurements of the skid marks and gouge marks to indicate the point of and the resting point of the vehicles after the truck accident. Based on this key evidence, aerial photographs can show -- in a highly visual and comprehensible way -- a host of key facts: the area of direction of travel of the truck, the direction of travel of the victim’s vehicle, the points of braking, the point of impact and point of rest of both vehicles.

When these crucial elements are clearly plotted on an aerial photograph, truck accident attorneys can easily walk jurors through the facts that clearly delineate the causes leading to the truck crash.

In summary, aerial photography provides a highly accurate basis for evidence recreation and documentation, scene analysis and reconstruction. Arial photographs make excellent demonstrative evidence for courtroom displays to show to the jury how the collision occurred and the truck driver’s fault in causing it.

Of course, I have used aerial photography in a number of my firm’s truck accident cases. If you’re an attorney with a truck case, I’d be more than willing to discuss how I used aerial photography successfully and how you might use it in your own case.