Air travel is generally considered one of the safest modes of transportation and is expected to double over the next 20 years.
With so many people choosing air travel as a preferred method of transportation, an increase in air traffic is bound to occur.
More air traffic increases frequency of aviation accidents and thus the risk of injury to passengers. Aviation accidents, which occur nearly everyday, do not always make headlines.
Despite being hidden from public perception, these serious accidents are usually disastrous and often fatal.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death in an aviation accident, you may be eligible to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
An experienced and qualified attorney can offer legal advice and help you determine the best course of action.
What Are the Common Causes of Aviation Accidents?
- Pilot error
- Other human error (for example, negligence on the part of flight service employees or an air traffic controller)
- Faulty equipment/mechanical failure
- Violation of FAA regulations
- Sabotage (for example, hijackings and bombs)-- rare
Who Is Responsible?
Determining liability in aviation accidents is rarely clear-cut but rather a complex process. Depending on the cause of the accident, the liable party(s) could include the owner or operator of the aircraft, the manufacturers or maintenance suppliers, or even the federal government.
Generally, the burden of proof lies with the injured party in personal injury cases. However, personal injury or death resulting from an aviation accident poses special considerations.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are responsible for investigating all aviation accidents, both commercial and private.
Most aviation accidents are subject to general aviation law, while accidents involving commercial or military flight are subject to special federal rules and regulations.
Your Legal Rights
If you or someone you love has suffered injury or death in an aviation accident due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, you have the right to pursue a claim and recover damages. It is important, however, to seek the early advice of a qualified attorney since a statute of limitations applies to all aviation accidents. A statute of limitation restricts the time you have to file a lawsuit. To speak with an experienced aviation accident attorney free of charge, please contact us.
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