You are more likely to be injured or killed while traveling on foot or driving a vehicle than if you travel by air and commercial airlines are the safest method of travel available today. Airline accidents still occur, however, and are often the result of an error in judgment or failure to follow protocol that results in the plane’s crash landing. Because aircraft operate at such high velocities, the chance of death or severe injury resulting from aviation accidents is high and those who survive plane crashes often experience lifestyle changing injuries that impact the quality of their lives.Civil Aviation Accident Attorneys For Injured People
All private and commercial aircraft are considered to be civilian aircraft unless they serve as a military plane or helicopter. Many of the reported accidents that occur involve smaller planes and helicopters that are privately owned, but commercial airliners are occasionally involved in incidents as well. Approximately 1,500 accidents involving some form of civilian aircraft are reported each year— a statistic that goes unnoticed by most people due to the lack of news coverage following noncommercial crashes.
There are many factors that can influence or ultimately cause an aviation accident and these include the following.
- Pilot Error— On occasion, pilots may make a miscalculation or error in judgment. Regardless of intent, they may be responsible when such an error results in bodily harm or death.
- Faulty Equipment— When aviation equipment fails to work as it was meant to, it can have disastrous consequences and result in the loss of lives. Equipment manufacturers can be held liable when equipment malfunctions result in accidents but it is also the responsibility of the pilot and ground crews to properly inspect all equipment prior to each flight in order to detect defects prior to take off.
- FAA Regulation Violations— The FAA oversees the safe operation of civilian aircraft and requires all private and commercial pilots and airliners to follow strict protocols before and during the operation of any aircraft. Any person who fails to adhere to these regulations may be held liable— especially if such a failure results in an accident.
- Aircraft Design Defect— If the structure or design of an aircraft is found to have contributed to or caused an accident, the manufacturer of the aircraft may be liable for any injuries or deaths that occur.
- Flight Service Station Negligence— Flight service station attendants can be held accountable if their actions or failure to act results in a crash or accident. Any problems that flight service station workers encounter should be reported and planes should never be allowed to take off until the issues are addressed.
- Federal Air Traffic Controller Negligence— Air traffic controllers are the eyes of pilots in the skies and every pilot in the sky relies on them to guide them on a safe path and warn them of any hazards that need to be avoided. An air traffic controller fails to notify aircraft of impending danger or guides pilots into taking actions that result in accidents, he or she can and should be held liable for any resulting accident.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an aviation accident, contact us today for a free consultation with an attorney to learn more about your rights, legal options and how to proceed with your case. We will be happy not only to review the details of your case with you, but to investigate the matter further and let you know what you can expect from your case. Our lawyers will never require payment upfront and will only be compensated when we have collected damages on your behalf.