On September 26, a semi-truck traveling roughly 50 miles north of Texas in rural Oklahoma reportedly crossed the center divider of Interstate-35 and crashed into a bus carrying the North Central Texas College softball team. The team had been returning from a scrimmage against Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. Four players were killed in the accident, and 15 victims suffered injuries. According to initial reports from investigators, the truck driver reported that he had been distracted at the time of the accident.
Last week, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a preliminary report on the crash. Unfortunately, no definitive reason was cited as the official cause of the accident. As part of the report, NTSB investigators used 3D laser scanning technology to document the scene of the accident, the semi-truck, and the bus.
This technology and other advanced tools are used to recreate serious accidents, aid investigators in determining the underlying cause of the accident, and help prevent similar accidents in the future. Although the crash is still under investigation, NTSB investigators were able to determine that the tractor-trailer had departed the northbound lanes of I-35 while traveling at 72-73 mph, as well as the various angles and physics involved.
Serious accidents involving commercial vehicles are often investigated by state and federal agencies, including the National Transportation Safety Board, because they have an interest in protecting public safety. Reports from these investigations – which use very advanced technology – can prove crucial in highlighting fault and liability in auto accidents.
At The Daspit Law Firm, our team of auto accident attorneys works meticulously to investigate car, truck, and bus accidents. Depending on the circumstances, we may work with various experts or obtain reports from federal investigators to help prove that our clients deserve compensation from at-fault parties. You can learn more about your rights and how our firm can help by contacting us today.