Airplane Accidents, Crashes, and Injuries
Air travel is considered one of the safest modes of transport today. However, despite great advances in aircraft design, operations and safety standards, airplane accidents occur, though they are fewer in number than road or rail accidents.
Major Causes of Airline and Airplane Accidents
Airplane accidents can happen due to several causes / factors such as:
- Pilot Error
- Weather conditions
- Violation of FAA Regulations
- Equipment Malfunction
- Aircraft design flaws
- Negligent Flight Service Station Staff
- Negligent Federal ATC Staff
The first step after an airplane accident is to find the cause. It is the cause of the accident that will determine who is responsible for it and what legal options are available. Preserve any evidence that may serve as a pointer to the cause.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulate air travel and investigate airplane accidents under the Aviation Accident Laws. These laws define safety standards for maintaining and operating aircraft. They also specify the service levels expected from the crew and pilot of aircrafts and the steps required to be taken for proper maintenance of aviation facilities.
Survivors and families of victims who have lost their lives are provided certain fundamental rights under the state, federal and international laws such as:
- The Federal Aviation Act and Regulations
- The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act
- The Federal Tort Claims Act and a few more.
The law also requires airline companies to treat families of victims with care and respect.
Filing Claims for Airplane Accidents
Immediately after an airplane accident, the insurance company representing the airline may contact survivors or victims' families offering compensation for loss and suffering. Even cash advances may be offered to set off the immediate costs. This may require signing legal documents, which could limit your rights to a larger compensation and further action in the case. The general advice is: Do not accept anything or sign any documents, before contacting a lawyer.
It is imperative to hire an Airplane Accident Attorney to guide you, especially since claims need to be filed before the statute of limitations expires. Statute of limitations is a pre-defined time period after the air crash, within which you must file your legal claims to avoid forfeiture of your rights. You will need the services of an experienced legal expert in Aviation Law, to wind your way through the complexities of Aviation Accident laws. Our attorneys have precisely the expertise that you need to help you file a claim and receive your entitlement.