Airplanes crashes do not happen often, but when they do, they tend to cause serious injuries. In addition to deadly fall-out-of-the-sky accidents, airplane accidents also include individual incidents injuring only one or a handful of individuals. Whether you are flying a small plane into or out of a regional airport in south Florida or you are flying a major airline, consider our team your go-to legal resource for airplane accidents.
What Causes Commercial Airplane Accidents
An airplane accident can occur due to uncontrollable and extreme weather events, but many involve an act of negligence. Airplane crashes are commonly attributed to:
- Pilot error, including miscalculations, poor judgment calls, and carelessness
- Poor maintenance and repair practices
- Manufacturing or design flaws
- Air traffic controller mistakes during take offs and landings
Some airplane accidents do not involve the whole plane. They are often a result of:
- Improper jet bridge placement or malfunctioning
- Flight attendant’s failing to properly direct passengers or maintain a safe environment
- Ground crew mistakes
- Falling luggage from malfunctioning overhead compartments
- Pilot errors creating unsafe cabin situations
If you suffer a serious injury such as a fracture, head injury, burn injury, or back injury after flying, you may have a valid personal injury claim against the airline, airport, or pilot responsible. In some cases, you may have a claim against the Federal Aviation Agency under the Federal Tort Claims Act. As professionals, aviation pilots and professionals are responsible for maintaining a higher standard of care during daily operations than passengers. You have the right to secure fair compensation if you were injured due to someone else’s negligence.
Private Airplane Accidents
Private airplanes are distinctly different from their commercial counterparts. Individuals and small companies often own private planes. While they must maintain basic FAA standards, private plans may not hold themselves to the same safety standards as commercial carriers during daily maintenance activities. In addition to these differences, private pilots often do not log as many hours as commercially trained pilots. Some may lack the experience to respond adequately in an emergency situation.
After a private plane accident, an injury victim may need to file a claim against the pilot and work with his or her insurer to secure fair compensation. The attorneys at STEINLAW represent individuals and their families involved in any type of private or chartered plane accident. If we discover a pilot failed to use reasonable care while operating his or her aircraft, we will help you pursue a claim for fair compensation.
What to Do After an Airplane Accident
After an aviation accident of any kind, we encourage you to take steps to protect your ability to file a claim later. Always seek medical attention and let the medical provider know you were involved in an aviation incident. Keep records of all medical attention and treatment. If you are able, take pictures of the scene of the incident and your injuries. An insurance representative may try to contact you for a statement, but avoid speaking to him or her until you contact an attorney for a consultation. Insurance companies want to settle injury claims as quickly as possible and for the lowest dollar amount.
Our team understands that injuries that take place in flight often go beyond physical damage. Victims may suffer from more than physical injury; some also suffer anxiety and PTSD as a result of serious airplane incidents. The attorneys at STEINLAW cannot erase the incident from your past, but we will work hard to make sure you receive fair compensation for your losses and pain and suffering. Start the healing process today. Call our office for a free case evaluation.