Air travel is statistically the safest form of travel, but when an airplane accident does occur, it is usually catastrophic, and often fatal. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a plane crash, it is essential to hire a skilled attorney to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Aviation lawsuits are extremely complex. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigates all plane crashes in the United States and issues an accident report based on their findings. Whether your accident was caused by an air traffic control mistake, a defect in the plane design, poor weather conditions, or pilot error, you will need a lawyer who is experienced in crash investigations and can work with the NTSB to hold those who were at fault accountable. At Wendt Goss, P.C., our legal team assists clients through every step of the process. Because of our extensive experience and resources, we can handle lawsuits against commercial airline companies, operators of personal aircraft, or manufacturers to ensure that you receive the financial compensation you deserve. Your initial consultation is free and you pay no legal fees unless we win your case through a settlement or at trial.
Common Causes of Aviation Accidents
Airplane crash investigations are necessary to determine the cause of the accident. Once the cause is known, the NTSB can take disciplinary action if necessary and suggest stricter airline regulations to prevent further accidents of that nature. According to statistics, here are some of the most common causes of aviation accidents:
- Air Traffic Control Errors – Errors in judgment, incorrect guidance, violation of separation rules and poor communication on behalf of air traffic control can cause confusion and serious accidents.
- Cabin/Cargo Fires – Many of these fires cite “unknown origin” on the crash report, but some are caused by mechanical defects.
- Defect in the Plane Design or Mechanics – Examples include design flaws in the propellers, wings, rudders or mechanical defects such as in the fire warning or oxygen systems.
- Fuel-Related Accidents – These accidents describe planes that crash or had to come to an emergency landing because they ran out of fuel.
- Poor Weather Conditions – Many pilots delay flights due to poor weather conditions, but some choose to fly through snow, lightning and extreme wind.
- Pilot Error – Lapses in judgment, intoxication, and other pilot errors can take down entire planes.