Aircraft today are very sophisticated, and sometimes massive, machines that carry passengers and freight across our nation and the world. Millions of flight hours are logged daily without incident. When an incident occurs, the results are almost always catastrophic.
For the time when something goes wrong, either as a pilot, passenger, or innocent bystander on the ground, you need an attorney experienced in the complicated aspects of aviation-related litigation and who is willing to invest the time and resources necessary to determine responsibility and obtain the settlement that you deserve.
Aviation accidents have no single cause. Airplane crashes can be caused by:
- Pilot error
- Pilot fatigue
- Pilot incapacitation, intoxication, etc.
- Improper or poor maintenance
- Failure to follow FAA regulations, service directives, etc.
- Defective equipment and/or equipment failure
It usually requires a great deal of investigation to determine the cause of an airplane crash. Sometimes it is necessary to go beyond the investigation performed by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB reports that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, 2011, 158 pilots and passengers perished in 94 fatal General Aviation accidents. While those numbers are lower than the previous year, on an annual basis, the aviation accident rate has remained about the same for the last several years.
Whether flying commercially, privately or even as pilot in command, if you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an aviation-related accident, please contact us for a no-cost review of your claim by an experienced aviation attorney.