According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), air travel is expected to double over the next 20 years. As air traffic increases so does the risk of an aviation accident. Generally, air traffic is considered to be a safe means of transportation, but when accidents do occur they often result in absolute fatalities. Smaller, less serious accidents involving private aircraft are more frequent than people realize because most of these airline incidents go unreported.
UPDATE: Hidden Defects Linked to Plane and Helicopter Crashes
June 18, 2014 — An investigation by USA Today has found numerous instances in which general aviation crashes and deaths were caused by defective parts or dangerous designs. In the last 50 years, nearly 45,000 people have died in these accidents. Manufacturers have been forced to pay over $1 million in damages in 80 lawsuits since 1992. Click here to read more.
July 6, 2013 — Asiana Airlines Flight 214, a Boeing 777, crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), killing 2 people and injuring more than 180. Click here to read more.
Has a loved one been involved in an aviation accident?
If so, be advised: contrary to popular belief, the airline does not automatically compensate for injuries or death, and the government does not determine who is legally responsible for a crash. Additionally, airliners have full-time defense lawyers who are experts at avoiding responsibility.
Who can be held liable in an aviation accident?
Potentially liable parties vary depending on the cause of the accident. The owner and operator of the aircraft certainly may be liable. Manufacturers or maintenance suppliers may also be liable in certain circumstances. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sets safety standards for pilot conduct, flight operations, and aircraft manufacture, but these guidelines are minimum safety standards that are not always enforced well enough to prevent airline accidents.
What is the best way to proceed in filing an aviation lawsuit?
If you or someone you know suffered injury in an aviation accident of any level of severity, you may have the right to take action against those responsible. You might be entitled to financial compensation for physical and emotional trauma. Check with a knowledgeable aviation lawyer to help you navigate the complexities of your case.
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