In general, air travel is considered to be one of the safest modes of transportation. However, when accidents occur, the consequences are often disastrous for both passengers and their loved ones. While private plane crashes are often more common than large-scale incidents, the public is not always aware of these accidents as they are not always extensively covered by the media.
Aviation accident law covers small planes, major air carriers, charter flights, large business jets, helicopters, pleasure crafts and hang gliders. Additionally, aviation accidents are subject to a wide range of regulations, treaties and laws, thereby making these lawsuits very complex and specialized. Accidents involving airplanes may be caused by structure problems, craft design, negligence of air traffic controllers, faulty equipment, errors by flight service individuals, or pilot errors.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an aviation accident, contact an experienced Florida airplane accident attorney today to learn more about your legal rights and to determine whether you are eligible to pursue a claim and seek compensation for your injuries.
Two Year Anniversary of Fatal Florida Flight
Two years ago, on February 29, 2012, a four-seat, single-engine aircraft was attempting to land at Melbourne International Airport when it crashed at the end of the runway, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Witnesses claim that the Cirrus SR22 took a nosedive into the bushes between the airport and the road and they did not see the airplane resume flight. Rescue crews located the plane and found that the damage was so severe that they were unable to read the tail number. Additionally, while all of the passengers on the craft had died, the damage was so extensive that it could not be determined just how many were on board at first, although later reports confirmed that three had been killed.
Audio recordings revealed that the pilot may have been attempting to avoid a collision with another airplane that was practicing a touch-and-go landing. The pilot was believed to have crashed while making a hard turn in an effort to avoid colliding with the other plane.
Causes of Accidents
There are several factors that may contribute to an airline accident, regardless of whether the jet is commercial or private:
- Pilot errors
- FAA regulation violations
- Faulty equipment
- Federal air traffic controller negligence
- Negligence in a third party selection of a carrier
- Flight service station employee negligence
- Problems in the structure or design of an aircraft
Airplane, aircraft and aviation accident cases require a detailed understanding of federal and state aviation law. Many state, international and federal laws exist to regulate standards for the operation, maintenance and safety of airplanes. However, even though these laws are intended to help protect passengers of airplanes, accidents may still occur. Aviation law covers personal injuries that can occur aboard aircraft, including wrongful deaths that may happen in an airplane crash or slip and fall accidents while the plane is in motion.
The laws that govern air travel are highly specialized, and the causes of these crashes may be difficult to determine. This is why it is important to seek legal counsel from an experienced Florida airplane accident attorney if you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an airplane accident.
Typically, airplanes are considered common carriers and, in most situations, employees on airplanes are required to use the utmost degree of care and diligence in the transport of passengers to their respective destinations. The workers are required to have a reasonable degree of skill to carry out this transportation, and the carrier is required to have the necessary equipment to protect the safety of everyone on the aircraft.
Contact a Florida Airplane Accident Attorney Today
If you have been injured in an airplane crash or you have lost a loved one in an accident, an experienced Florida airplane accident attorney can help you to determine if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim or recover compensation for your injuries. Attorney Group for Florida is currently providing free, no-obligation case evaluations. We will connect you with an experienced Florida airplane accident attorney if we find that you may be entitled to recover damages for the accident and will work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.