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Feb 25

Visual Evidence

Posted on February 25, 2015 — by Michael Ely

A lawsuit filed by two Indiana teenagers over a parasailing accident has settled.  Apparently, the teens were parasailing in Panama City, FL, with a local operator when they were pushed into the side of a hotel.  The impact was violent enough that it broke a metal railing that was located outside one of the hotel rooms. Further, there was amateur video taken of a portion of the accident sequence.

It is not surprising to me that this case settled.  Even in our cell camera crazed world, very few accidents have videotaped evidence available.  When a case does have videotape available, especially dramatic videotape as seen here, it usually leads to a quick and fair settlement.  A witness’s spoken description of an accident can never do an accident justice like videotape can.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, then video is worth a million.  Unfortunately, most cases cannot depend on the fortuity of video of the accident being available.

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