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Role of NTSB in Accident Investigations

Written by Ankin Law Office

Serious car crashes and other traffic accidents often require an investigation in order to determine the cause of the accident and any potentially responsible parties and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plays a critical role in accident investigations. The federal agency conducts independent investigations of all civil aviation accidents, as well as major accidents of other modes of transportation such as train crashes, commercial trucking accidents, and auto accidents.

For instance, the NTSB is currently investigating the massive train derailment that occurred in New York on December 1 and has unearthed critical information. For instance, according to NBC News, the NTSB investigation determined that the train was traveling at a speed of 82 mph around a curve that had a 30-mph speed limit.

Since the NTSB is not part of the Department of Transportation or any of its agencies, and does not have any regulatory or enforcement powers, its accident investigations are intended to be entirely independent. With a stated purpose of “improving transportation safety,” its investigation results and determination of probable cause cannot be entered as evidence in a court of law. Nonetheless, the NTSB’s accident investigation plays a critical role in the assessment of liability following a traffic accident.

The NTSB accident investigation begins with the dispatching of its “Go Team,” which is comprised of several transportation technical experts, and after the accident investigation is complete, the NTSB issues an accident report that is available online at

The Importance of a Comprehensive Auto Accident Investigation

It is important to conduct a comprehensive accident investigation following an auto accident, trucking accident, train collision, or other traffic accident in order to determine the cause of the accident, assess issues of liability, and collect the evidence necessary to support a legal claim.

The Chicago auto accident lawyers at Ankin Law Offices, LLC are committed to promoting traffic safety and helping the victims of car crashes and other traffic accidents obtain the financial recovery that they deserve. Because we focus on representing accident and injury victims, we are able to conduct a thorough accident investigation, along with the help of accident reconstruction experts, in order to determine all possible sources of liability and assemble the necessary evidence to support your legal claim.

If you have been injured in a car accident or other traffic accident, do not hesitate to contact Ankin Law Office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago auto accident lawyers.

Categories: Auto Accidents