Aviation accidents are not as common as motor vehicle accidents, but the results are usually far more severe. Airplane and helicopter crashes typically produce catastrophic injuries and/or fatalities. If you or a loved one has been involved in an aviation accident, it’s important to hire a personal injury or wrongful death lawyer who is experienced in handling aviation cases. The attorneys at Ankin Law Office are both knowledgeable and practiced in handling aviation cases of all kinds.
Aviation Accident Causes
Our attorneys handle cases involving commercial airline accidents and non-commercial aircraft accidents including helicopter accidents and private plane accidents. Despite their dissimilarities in size, most types of aircraft accidents are caused by:
- Pilot error
- Equipment malfunction
- Design flaws
- Air traffic controller negligence
- Improper Maintenance
- Violation of Federal Aviation Administration regulations
- Bad weather
Proving Aviation Accident Cases
Establishing who is at fault in aviation accident injury cases is usually very complicated. Following an aviation accident, many different investigations are conducted by both government and private interests. These investigations typically generate substantial quantities of data and other information. Aviation litigation involves an understanding of applicable state, federal and possibly international laws, FAA policies and regulations and the technical specifics of aviation. In a successful aviation lawsuit, plaintiffs must demonstrate that the responsible party did not meet the industry standard for aircraft operation.
Aviation accidents are typically caused by either human error or mechanical errors. If the cause is human error, litigation will typically center around a claim of negligence. If the cause is mechanical error, litigation will typically center around product liability. In some cases, both negligence and product liability can be claimed. Aviation accident lawsuits often have more the one defendant, as there may be multiple parties responsible for the accident. A knowledgeable attorney is invaluable in an aviation case when seeking maximum compensation.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an aviation accident, contact us to discuss the circumstances of your case. Our firm has the capacity to handle aviation cases of all sizes and the experience to get you the compensation you deserve.