When an accident occurs, a formal accident investigation will
immediately be commenced by the government agency charged with
responsibility for investigation and reporting on all major
transportation accidents in the United States, the National
Transportation Safety Board. The Investigator In Charge (IIC) issues
a Preliminary Accident Report within thirty (30) days after the
occurrence. Months later, after investigation and analysis, the IIC
produces a Factual Report. Shortly thereafter, the Board itself will
issue a Probable Cause report.
Although the NTSB does a
commendable job, its workload and staffing produce reports that are
good as far as they go, but often do not go far enough. Often the
truth about what really happened, the full and complete picture,
does not come out until skilled, experienced and dedicated
attorneys, technically knowledgeable in their own right and aided by
trained, educated and experienced technical experts, through the
litigation process, obtain documents, information and testimony that
the NTSB simply did not have the time or the resources to gather.
For example, in a recent transmission failure case, we uncovered
information that the transmission had failed several test runs after
overhaul and that a component in its oil pump was reused three times
despite being found to be beyond overhaul specifications.
order to find out what really happened, the right team must be
assembled, and that begins with the selecting the right attorney.
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