Given that aviation accidents are rare in number compared to motor vehicle accidents, traveling by air is generally considered to be statistically safe. Unfortunately, injuries resulting from aviation accidents are often catastrophic as they tend to involve more individuals when they do occur.
The safe and proper operation of an aerial vehicle such as an airplane, jet or helicopter requires great precision. If there is negligence on the part of any individual involved with designing, constructing, controlling or maintaining an aircraft, then they are placing the lives of innocent people at risk—including countless lives beyond the passengers and crew involved in the accident.
Types of aviation accidents
Most people imagine aviation accidents to be limited to airline crashes and similar catastrophes. However, aviation accidents include an extensive range of activities that may result in serious injury or fatality, and that may occur at varying stages of flight operation.
Some examples of aviation accidents include:
- Descent and landing accidents
- Taxiing accidents
- Pedestrian-aircraft collisions
- Mid-air collisions
- Runway incursions
- Pilot deviations
- Total engine failures
Among the most common causes of aviation accidents are:
- Pilot error
- Instrument failures
- Engine failures
- Faulty or poorly maintained equipment
- Design or structural problems
- Fuel tank explosions
- Negligent air traffic controllers
- Negligent flight service station employees
- Federal Aviation Association regulation violations
- Tampering of a third party
- Inclement weather
Aviation accident claims
The scope of aviation law includes accident and injuries from major commercial and non-commercial air carriers, including business jets, small private planes, helicopters, tour or charter flights, medical airplanes and helicopters, pleasure and hobby crafts, and hang gliders.
Cases involving aviation law are complex in nature and require a thorough analysis. Plane accidents involve numerous factual and legal issues, and an investigation typically demands quality legal representation and a team of experts to identify the cause of the accident, prove negligence and causation, pinpoint the courts that have jurisdiction, and determine the state and federal laws that apply.
Some factors taken into consideration in the investigation include the type of aircraft, the aircraft’s maintenance records, the accident record of the aircraft, work schedules and incident reports of involved air traffic controllers, airport maintenance, and weather conditions.
Though the circumstances surrounding an aviation accident are always unique, claims for personal injury or wrongful death stemming from an aviation accident typically fall under the legal theories of product liability, negligence, or a combination of the two.
Compassionate aviation accident lawyer ready to help
Aviation accidents often result in life-altering injuries or death. If you have been seriously injured in an aviation accident or lost a loved one in an airplane crash, call The Fitch Law Firm as soon as possible. We can examine your case and help you seek compensation for the injuries you have sustained. You may also be entitled to collect a recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, mental anguish, and other losses and damages.
We are here to fight for you and help you get the justice you deserve. Call The Fitch Law Firm at 855-LAW-OHIO or fill out our online consultation form to schedule a free consultation.