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Aviation Accidents

It has been predicted that airline accident rates will grow in a corresponding ratio to the increasing number of airline passengers.

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The NTSB

The NTSB, which operates independently of other government agencies, is primarily responsible for investigating aviation accidents and issuing safety recommendations based on its findings. While the NTSB has no direct regulatory or enforcement power with regard to aviation law, it does have significant power of influence on those who can effect change. In fact, approximately 80 percent of all NTSB safety recommendations are adopted by the FAA or other regulatory agencies.

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Your Legal Rights

Aviation law is becoming increasingly important, as the number of passengers and airplane flights grows larger. Human mistakes and mechanical difficulties are two of the most common causes of aviation accidents. Our expert aviation accident attorneys can help families and victims of aircraft accidents and help eliminate preventable disasters from occurring in the future.

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Aviation Accidents

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), air travel, while generally safe, is expected to double in the next two decades, leading to an increased risk of aviation accidents. When aviation accidents occur, they are devastating events, which usually result in serious injuries or fatalities.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are the federal agencies responsible for investigating aviation accidents and setting guidelines and safety standards for flight operations, pilot conduct, airplane manufacturers, and more.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death in an aviation accident, please contact our qualified aviation attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and options. You may be able to file a claim to seek compensation for your losses and suffering.

Causes of aviation accidents

Many aviation accidents are caused by human mistakes or mechanical errors, which may involve violations of FAA and NTSB rules and recommendations. If negligence or other wrongdoing was the cause of an aviation accident, the responsible parties can be held liable for victim’s losses.

There are a number of common causes of aviation accidents including, but not limited to:

  • Pilot error
  • Equipment failure or manufacturing defects
  • Design or structural flaws
  • Violation of FAA safety standards
  • Failure to fuel the aircraft properly
  • Failure to adequately repair or maintain the aircraft
  • Negligence of Flight Service Station employees
  • Negligence of Federal Air Traffic Controllers
  • Negligence of third party’s selection of a carrier
  • Weather

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Aviation accident lawsuits

Aviation law is a complicated area of litigation because it involves a number of possible liability claims under state, federal, and international law. Several parties may be liable in an aviation accident lawsuit such as the owner or operator of the aircraft, the pilot, the commercial airline, the maintenance and repair crew, the manufacturer or designer of the aircraft, a third party, and/or the federal government. Furthermore, in many aviation accident cases, more than one party may be held liable for the damages. A judge or jury may divide the amount of liability depending on the evidence brought forth in the case.

Aviation accident lawsuits typically involve claims of negligence or product liability or a combination of both. Claims based on negligence would hold the parties, whose negligence may have caused the accident, accountable for any injuries or fatalities that occurred as a result of their behavior. Product liability claims holds the manufacturers, designers, or retailers of defective products liable for any harm caused by their product.

It is important to note that the burden of proof falls on the plaintiff in aviation accident lawsuits. You must prove that the party responsible for the accident failed to meet the required safety standards for regulating, operating, or engineering the aircraft. A qualified aviation attorney can evaluate your case and determine the best course of action for you.

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What are my legal rights?

If you or someone you love has been seriously harmed or killed in an aviation accident, you may be eligible to file an aviation accident lawsuit to seek compensation for your losses including pain and suffering, lost income capacity, medical bills, lost wages, and more. According to the head of global aviation for GE Insurance Solutions, Florian Karner, the average amount of compensation awarded to victims of aviation accidents is about $4 million per passenger in the U.S.

Please note that all aviation accident lawsuits are subject to a statute of limitations, which limits the amount of time a victim has to file a claim. Statute of limitations laws vary from state to state. It is important to immediately consult with a qualified aviation attorney who can protect your legal rights and maximize your interests. Please contact us today to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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