Deadly vehicular accidents can happen in a matter of seconds, and from
those few seconds, investigators need to figure out happened. What led
to the accident? Who was responsible for it? The answers may not be obvious.
Just this past summer, the fire chief of Three Forks, Montana drove his
fire engine into a pickup truck carrying a family of five people. Everyone
passed away in the fiery accident.
As reported in a recent local news
article, investigators looking into the crash discovered that the problem was
a mechanical failure in the fire engine. The fire engine's drivetrain,
a set of components connecting the wheels to the vehicle's engine,
apparently malfunctioned. This caused one of the wheels in the fire engine
to lock up. The fire chief then couldn't stop his vehicle from careening
into the pickup truck.
The company that makes the drivetrains has since issued a recall on their
product. They also found other incidents tied to drivetrain failure that
maybe should have led to a recall earlier, before the fatal accident that
claimed six lives.
One key takeaway point from this story is how important it is to fully
investigate the causes of an accident and not assume that a crash always
stems purely from driver error. Otherwise, the people responsible for
the crash might not be held accountable and get pressured to rectify the problem.
contact us after an accident, we will help you fight for a thorough investigation
into what happened. While many accidents involve human error behind the
wheel, there's always a possibility of some kind of mechanical failure
or other external circumstance beyond a driver's control.