The National Transportation Safety Board typically would send investigators to the scene of an accident like the one that occurred on October 9, 2013 when a Greyhound bus crashed in to the back of a tractor-trailer on I 80 in central Pennsylvania. One person was killed, and dozens injured, and the NTSB ordinarily would want to send federal accident reconstructionists to the scene to perform a detailed investigation and to reconstruct the crash.
However, because of the recent government shutdown, there likely will be no NTSB investigation of this Greyhound crash. This means the only government-sponsored investigation will be conducted by the local Pennsylvania authorities.
What does this mean for those passengers who were injured in this crash?
Essentially, the lack of any NTSB investigation makes it that much more important that an independent investigation be conducted on behalf of the victims. One passenger on that Greyhound bus is being represented by our law firm, and we are working on our own independent investigation.
Why would our client need us to perform our own investigation? Two reasons. First, many state and local agencies face limited budgets and may not have the opportunity to conduct a thorough investigation. Second, Greyhound is busy conducting its own investigation. Greyhound will investigate and try to find ways to limit its liability to its injured passengers. Greyhound has already had multiple lawyers and crash experts comb over the scene, and is busy building a file it will use to try to defeat the claims of the injured passengers.
Anyone injured in this crash will certainly want to have an investigation performed on their behalf, so they need not rely on a potentially flawed police investigation or a biased Greyhound investigation.
If you would like more information on the status of our lawsuit against Greyhound or on our investigation, please call us at (877) 724 7800.