Aviation Accident Injury Tips
TIP: Aviation Accidents Do Happen
If you have been injured in an aviation accident at an air show, you should contact an aviation accident attorney as soon as possible. If you have a loved one that was injured in an air show accident and that loved one cannot contact an aviation accident attorney, you may contact the aviation accident attorney on your loved one’s behalf.
An aviation accident at an air show is potential risk because of the equipment and crowds involved. If the plane crashes, the pilots are not the only ones who are injured. Audience proximity puts them at risk, and other pilots could be harmed.
Pyrotechnic displays are typically approached with great caution by the event organizers, complete with many safety measures designed to ensure everyone’s protection. Though, human error or malfunctioning equipment are a possibility, potentially resulting injury or death.
Though rare, the possible severity of injury makes aviation accidents at air shows something to be taken seriously.
TIP: Private and Commercial Aviation Accidents
An aviation accident lawyer is a lawyer who is experienced in both commercial and private aviation accidents. What defines a commercial aviation accident? Generally, it involves a commercial plane—a plane available to the general public. A private plane is just the opposite, it is not available to the public.
Commercial accidents often involve large commercial airline companies with a fleet of lawyers specializing in aviation law. Do not approach this situation lightly. Whether you were involved in a plane crash because you were flying on the plane or involved in a plane crash because you were on the ground and were injured by a plane that crashed, you should contact an aviation accident lawyer as soon as possible. If have a loved one that was injured in an aviation accident, but that loved one cannot contact an attorney, you should contact an aviation accident lawyer on behalf of your loved one.
Aviation accidents are extremely serious. The potential for injury and even wrongful death is great. Do not assume the commercial aviation company, the private plane owner or operator, or even any insurance companies involved have your best interest in mind following an accident. Only your personal aviation accident attorney will advocate for your best interests.
TIP: Airplane Accident Injuries
An airplane accident lawyer has experience in representing those who have been injured in or suffered a wrongful death as a result of an airplane accident. There are aviation laws that airlines, pilots and airline staff must abide by. If you were hurt or a loved one suffered a wrongful death because of negligent actions of an airline, pilot or crew, you may be entitled to compensation.
Many flyers believe that outside of a major plane crash, the risk for an airplane injury is minimal. This is not true. Some of the most common injuries in airplanes result from luggage or items falling out of the overhead compartments onto passengers. This can happen through turbulence, faulty bins, or airline employee negligence.
Other common injuries involve the rolling carts used by airline employees to deliver drinks and meals. These heavy and bulky carts can easily roll into a passenger, causing major injury. Again, these injuries can occur as the result of airline employee negligence, often because he or she did not secure the cart properly or carelessly pushed it down the aisle.
If you are involved in an airplane accident, visit a health care professional to be checked out. Some injuries manifest themselves over time. As soon as you receive a diagnosis from your health care professional, contact an airplane accident lawyer.
TIP: Plane Crash Statistics
A plane crash attorney has experience with the laws and FAA regulations that govern flight. Whether you are injured in a crash while flying or injured on the ground by a plane that crashed, our experienced plane crash attorneys will help you obtain compensation to which you are entitled.
Statistics claim that it is four times safer to fly in a plane than it is to drive a car, but aviation accidents are usually horrific. The National Transportation Safety Board reported 3,464 accidents and 1,285 fatalities in 2004.
If you are injured because of a plane crash, contact a plane crash attorney as soon as possible. If you cannot contact a plane crash attorney because of your injuries, a loved one should contact a plane crash attorney on your behalf.
If your family member was wrongfully killed because of a plane crash, contact a plane crash attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other expenses. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of the airline, pilot or crew, you may be entitled to additional compensation in the form of punitive damages.
TIP: Commercial Pilot Standards
Aviation is serious business, and commercial pilots are required to meet a rigorous set of standards.
A pilot must be at least 18 year old and must have at least 250 hours of flight experience. Flying in low visibility requires additional training and flight time. A pilot must be FAA rated to fly by instruments and must have 40 hours of experience in flying by instruments, pass a test (written) on FFA instrument flying regulations and must demonstrate to an examiner that he can fly by instruments.
An aviation attorney is experienced with aviation law, including the FAA regulations. If the actions of the airline are found to be negligent, for example, their pilot did not meet the proper standards, you may also be entitled to punitive damages.
Even if you think you are not seriously injured, you should visit a health care professional at the time of the accident. Some injuries may not manifest immediately. All documentation regarding the care you receive at your health care professional’s office needs to be kept—it may be needed in pursuit of your much-deserved compensation for your injuries.
TIP: Aviation Show Accidents
Aviation accidents can happen on the ground or in the air. Aviation accident lawyers are well versed in the FAA rules governing aviation. The lawyers also have a team of experts they can call on to testify in a trial if needed. Experts may include accident recreation experts and medical experts. Aviation accident lawyers represent customers, employees and airlines. In most cases, insurance companies are involved. An aviation accident lawyer is also experienced in working with insurance companies for all sides.
Accidents can be caused by many things, including pilot error, terrorists (national and international) and breakage of parts and/or systems if the plane was not properly serviced. Depending on the type of accident, you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation, and if the actions of another caused the injury or wrongful death, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. You may also be involved in an accident on the ground–such as at an air show.
Airplane crashes while one is riding in the plane are not the only aviation accidents people need to consider. If you visit yearly air shows, you may be involved in an aviation accident. The statistical baseline for air show accidents is only 225 per year. So, there is relatively little risk, though there are many things that can go wrong due to dangerous stunts and the use of older, antique aircrafts. In fact, “sports aerobatics” make up 33% of all air show accidents while accidents involving vintage aircrafts make up 22%.
TIP: Helicopter Accidents
Helicopters, like airplanes, must follow FAA regulations. If you or a loved one was involved in a helicopter accident, look for an aviation attorney who specializes in helicopters. Because helicopters are not fixed wing vehicles (they are rotary wing vehicles), there are many unique factors to consider.
Because helicopters depend on the thickness of the air for lift, they cannot fly as high as an airplane. The air gets thinner the higher you go, making it difficult for the helicopter to fly and the pilot to control it. This sets the stage for potential negligence, should a careless pilot have caused the accident by venturing too high.
An aviation accident lawyer who understands how helicopters work can better represent you or your loved one in the event you were injured (or if the loved one died wrongfully), making sure you get the compensation you deserve.
TIP: Airliner Crash Causes
Because of constant maintenance and inspection, an airliner crash is seldom caused by defective or worn-out parts on the airplane. Airliner crashes are usually caused by an outside influence or by pilot or staff error.
Outside influences include terrorism or weaponry smuggled aboard for the commission of a crime, including hijacking. Pilot errors include improper de-icing, or landing or taking off on the wrong runway. Staff errors include errors committed by staff in the control tower—if an airline controller directs one airliner into the path of another airplane or helicopter, a crash may result.
Certain errors may be a result of negligence. Negligence could be indicated if alcohol or drug use was found to be involved in the accident.
If negligence is found to be the cause of the airliner crash, you or your loved one may be entitled to punitive damages. An airliner crash attorney has access to various field and medical experts to help determine whether there was negligence involved in the airliner crash.
TIP: Aviation Crash Causes
Aviation crashes, while not common, do happen. An aviation crash can be caused by anything from pilot error to terrorists to malfunctioning systems within the plane structure. If you or a loved one was injured in an aviation crash or a loved one died as a result of an aviation crash, contact an aviation lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and losses due to the aviation crash. If it is found that it is negligence on the part of the airline, the pilot or other staff member of the airline, you may also be entitled to punitive damages.
There are various things that cause airplane accidents, including pilot error, other human error (such as ground control and maintenance personnel), weather, mechanical failure and sabotage. Pilot error is divided into three sections: Pilot error, pilot error that is weather related, and pilot error that is mechanical related.
Aviation crash lawyers have experience with aviation crashes and insurance companies that represent airlines. They also have access to extensive expert witnesses (crash experts and medical personnel) should your case go all the way to trial.
TIP: Airplane Lawyer Expertise
An airplane lawyer has access to various medical professionals and expert crash witnesses to help an injured person or a loved one who died wrongfully in an airplane crash obtain the compensation he or she deserves.
An airplane lawyer is also highly familiar with the FAA regulations that regulate the operation of an airline. These regulations provide guidelines and regulations that must be followed by the airline and its pilots.
An experienced airplane crash attorney and his staff of expert witnesses ensure that evidence is preserved. Experts re-review the government agency and manufacturer investigations. Counsel and his team of experts must also determine who was responsible for the accident and whether there was negligence involved. They examine the maintenance company involved in the given case. Maintenance crews, like pilots, must be certified by the FAA.
If a pilot caused an airplane crash, and his or her negligent behavior is found to have been the cause of an airplane crash, you may also be entitled to punitive damages.