Aviation is the science of flying by aircraft, and the term aviation accidents includes both airplane accidents and helicopter accidents. In spite of the aviation industry’s claim that flight is the statistically-safest mode of travel, the truth is that flying accidents happen more often than you might think. When they do happen, they almost always result in the serious injury or death of those on board as well as innocent bystanders on the ground.
Survivors of plane crashes may suffer a variety of serious injuries, from broken bones to severe burns. Many helicopter accidents occur during medical flights, and if the victims are fortunate enough to survive, they may have severe injuries to add to their existing problems. For survivors, medical expenses and lost wages from lost work multiply quickly. For the families of those who don’t survive, they must contend with funeral expenses, the lost support of a family member, and the grief over a lost loved one. You may be left with so many unanswered questions: How did this happen? Who is responsible? How can you get help?
How Do Aviation Accidents Occur?
Airplane crashes and helicopter crashes are caused by pilot error, mechanical failure, air traffic controller errors, improper loading of aircraft, fuel contamination, improper maintenance procedures, and sabotage. Many times, collisions with flocks of birds have caused jet engines to fail. Air traffic controller errors have caused planes to crash head-on or into mountains or land on occupied runways. Chemical spills in storage compartments have caused airplane fires or asphyxiated crews. Design or manufacturing defects in airplane parts have caused wings to separate, rudders to jam, and cargo doors to fly off with planes in flight. Flight path diversions, maintenance errors, and design defects have caused planes to run out of fuel in mid-air.
Who is Responsible for a Plane Crash?
A plane accident might be caused by a person’s carelessness, such as in the instance of a sleepy pilot who hasn’t had enough rest before flying. Another example is from a defective part or defective design, like a design that allows ice to build up in fuel lines in certain weather conditions, for which a manufacturer may be held responsible. In commercial airliners, the black box records the details of every flight, and Federal Aviation Administration inspectors pore over every bit of wreckage until they are able to announce a cause. With private flights, air traffic control records a great deal of information about what occurs during a flight. If the plane crashes in a location where evidence can be found, it is surprisingly easy to find out what caused the crash, and this knowledge will help determine who should be responsible for providing just compensation to those injured or to the families of those killed.
Airplane and helicopter accidents often become the subject of class actions. These are lawsuits in which a few plaintiffs are allowed to sue on behalf of the entire class of people who were injured or who lost loved ones in the accident. This occurs because the facts and issues regarding fault in the accident are the same for each person who has a right to sue the defendants. Individuals are offered the option to join the class, but they may choose to opt-out and file their own lawsuits. There are strict time limits and complex legal determinations associated with making decisions about how to seek compensation for your losses. This is one situation that you should not try to handle alone — you need legal help.
Robert A. Brenner is an experienced aviation accidents attorney who can help you deal with the difficult aftermath of an airplane or helicopter crash. Brenner knows how to answer your questions, and he will help you decide how you want to proceed in seeking compensation from those responsible. When you’re ready to go forward, Robert A. Brenner has the resources and the knowledge to confront those responsible for your loss and make them pay.
If you have been injured, or if someone you care about has been injured or killed in an aviation accident, you should act quickly to protect your legal rights. Time is ticking, and you’re already stuck with injuries, pain, and suffering; don’t be stuck with regrets, too. Do something about it. Call Attorney Robert A. Brenner today for answers and action.
October 13, 2015