Establishing Liability in an Airplane Accident Case
For the most part, airplane accidents should not occur. Very few accidents are actually unavoidable. Generally, aviation crashes happen because someone in the chain of operation did something wrong, putting the safety of innocent people at severe risk as a result. Most aviation accidents occur directly because of human error. In fact, the BBC reports that human error is the primary cause of more than 80 percent of all airplane crashes, with avoidable mechanical errors causing most of the remaining crashes.
In an airplane accident case, all negligent parties should be held legally liable for their share of the accident. In other words, any party, whether it is the pilot, the airline company, the airport operator or the aircraft manufacturer can be sued for damages.
If unsafe actions or inaction contributed to the crash, that party needs to be held financially responsible for the resulting damages. There are many different forms of negligence that could potentially lead to an airplane accident. Some of the most common examples include:
- The pilot or airline failing to follow FAA regulations;
- Errors made by the pilot;
- Poor hiring or training by the airline company;
- Mistakes made by an air traffic controller;
- Runways defects or other problems at the airport;
- Failure to conduct proper aircraft maintenance;
- Mechanical errors that occurred because of a manufacturing defect.
Independent Investigation is Critically Important
When airlines or private pilots break these rules, they are acting negligently. Though, as airplane accidents are extremely complex, it can sometimes be difficult to determine why the crash occurred and who exactly was at fault.
The FAA tries to address this problem by requiring rigorous investigation of accidents. In the event that any type of airplane accident occurs, the crash will immediately be comprehensively investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), a federal government agency. Victims need to know that this investigation will be reliable and that it will be completed in a comprehensive and fair manner. When we take on your case, our firm will independently investigate the facts and ensure that your rights are being fully protected.
Financial Compensation Available to Victims
Airplane accidents victims have a legal right to recover financial compensation that is equal to the full value of their damages. As these claims are extremely complicated and injuries can be incredibly severe, it is imperative that victims are represented by a qualified attorney who can help them maximize their recovery. Our firm will help you compensation for:
- Emergency medical bills;
- All other medical expenses;
- Physical therapy;
- Mental health counseling;
- Long-term disability;
- Lost current and future wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of limb.
Additionally, we also represent the family members of victims who have been killed in airplane accidents. We have the skills and experience needed to handle wrongful death claims in Oregon and Washington.
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