Can I find a view of an accident scene after the roads have changed?

Q. My husband was killed in an accident 2 years ago. I went to where the accident happened and it looks like they changed the roadway from the way it was. Nobody took photos when my husband died. Is there anyplace where I can find a view of the scene on the date he died?

A. Possibly. Google Earth has some amazing new capabilities. One of them shows historical views of most places on earth at different time periods. Go to Google Earth at pull from the “View” Menu. Underneath you will see a section called Historical Views. Go there and you will find a sliding bar that you take you back in time to various dates when Google photographed the scene. In one recent case of mine, we used Google Earth historical views to show a road had been altered after the accident we represented the injured party on.

Note also that there is a Sun Function in the pulldown menu where you can see an approximate view of the scene lighting at various times of day. Google Earth is a great resource to use as a starting point in finding historical views of a scene. Another place to start your search for historical views is with WhatwasThere.
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