When many people think of an aviation accident, they imagine an accident involving a major commercial aircraft. The truth is that small plane crashes are astoundingly common in the United States. Approximately five small plane crashes occur in the United States each day, adding up to around 500 deaths per year. In the state of Mississippi alone, 10 fatal aircraft crashes took place in 2017.
Aviation accidents are some of the most complicated accidents to pursue from a legal standpoint. If you experience an aviation accident of any type, you must contact an experienced aviation accident lawyer as soon as possible. These accidents involve many factors and must be approached from a personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, and many other areas of law. Aircraft crashes can cross state and international lines, adding further complexity to the legal situation surrounding the crash.
The aviation attorneys at Germany Law Firm, PLLC, in Jackson, Mississippi, are skilled at navigating the difficult process of receiving compensation for personal injuries or the death of a loved one following an aviation accident. When it comes to receiving compensation for an aviation accident, time is of the essence. Call us today at 601-401-6884 for a free consultation.
The most common type of aviation accident involves smaller planes that hold fewer than 30 people. Managing the legal aspects of a small plane crash can become complex due to insurance claims by multiple parties such as pilots, mechanics, and others involved in the flight. The pilot of the plane or the mechanics who prepared the plane for the flight may or may not have carried liability insurance, which further complicates the claim. When two or more parties are involved in the crash, the skilled navigation of multiple insurance companies and claims is required.
In order to receive compensation for personal injury or the loss of a loved one in a small plane crash, you need an experienced attorney to negotiate with the multiple insurance companies involved and fight for your right to recover the damages you are due. Do not rely on the investigation and reports produced by insurance companies; they do not work with your best interest in mind. Germany Law Firm, PLLC will conduct a thorough investigation of the crash on your behalf.
Helicopter accidents occur more often than many people realize. Helicopters are often used in times of urgency, such as emergency rescue operations, firefighting, or military operations. Helicopters are also used for rapid transportation, police actions, and other similar purposes.
Accidents involving helicopters require specialized investigation into the cause of the crash. These types of aircraft differ greatly from planes. If you have been involved in a helicopter accident, you need an attorney who is knowledgeable in the way helicopters work and how crashes in helicopters differ from the specifics of plane crashes.
In the case of an accident involving a major commercial airline, the National Transportation Safety Board will perform an investigation into the details surrounding the crash. In this situation, it is vital to have an experienced aviation attorney on your side to monitor the progress of the investigation. Germany Law Firm, PLLC will be able to review and interpret the NTSB report in order to fight for the compensation you are due.
In addition to the NTSB’s investigation into a commercial crash, your aviation accident attorney will attend to jurisdictional issues if the crash happened internationally. The team of aviation accident lawyers at Germany Law Firm, PLLC has extensive experience dealing with international aviation issues. We will manage the international legal aspects of your case so that you can concentrate on moving forward from the trauma of the crash.
Aircraft accidents often occur due to a combination of factors. However, there are several major issues that often lead to aviation accidents. These include, but are not limited to:
Alarmingly, pilot error is believed to be the leading cause of accidents, up to fifty percent of plane crashes. This statistic may not surprise anyone who has ever flown a plane themselves. Operating aircraft requires a precise balance between remaining in communication with air traffic control, co-pilots, and crew while observing that cockpit gauges and other data are correct. Making the correct flight plan adjustments, based on weather conditions and other issues are just a few of the momentary distractions that can lead to an error and subsequent crash.
Along with pilot error, air traffic controller error can cause serious aircraft accidents. Recently, more attention is being paid to the working conditions of air traffic controllers. They are often working long shifts requiring a great deal of technical focus, causing mental and physical fatigue. If they are not able to do their jobs accurately, it can create a breakdown in communication between air traffic controllers and pilots.
Another issue that has recently gained media attention is aircraft mechanical malfunction. Mechanical problems with an aircraft can arise through poor maintenance of the aircraft or defective parts. When we board a plane, we expect that the mechanics and other individuals responsible for the upkeep of the aircraft have fulfilled their duty and we are on a properly functioning aircraft. We assume that the complex systems of parts that create the aircraft are not defective or damaged. We trust that we will not be invited to board a plane that is not completely prepared for a safe flight.
In order for an aircraft to operate properly, a variety of factors must work together without fault. The pilot and air traffic controllers must communicate clearly and alertly, and the aircraft must be mechanically sound. Unfortunately, even when these elements are functioning correctly, weather and other uncontrollable natural elements can cause accidents.
Acts of nature, including inclement weather such as snow, heavy rain, ice, and heavy winds can reduce visibility and make it difficult for the pilot to maneuver the aircraft. Ice and rain on the runway can lead to skidding during landing. Another uncontrollable factor that has led to a number of plane accidents is birds hitting the windshield or flying into and becoming stuck in other parts of the plane, especially the motor, causing the aircraft to malfunction.
If you are a pilot or CEO of a corporate aircraft carrier, or if you frequently commute via regional carriers, are a hobbyist small plane pilot, or simply someone getting ready to take a vacation via a commercial air carrier, you need to know the necessary steps to take following a crash. While millions of people travel by aircraft safely each day, those who have been in aircraft accidents know the importance of being prepared for the worst-case scenario. Below are the steps you should take if you find yourself a victim of an aircraft accident.
Step 1: Move Away From The Aircraft: Any accident can involve fire or an explosion at any time, and this risk is even more plausible in the case of aircraft. As soon as you are able to escape the aircraft, get as far away from it as possible. Call out to any others around you that have escaped, and let them know to also move away from the aircraft.
Step 2: Call 911: Check to be sure that everyone on the plane is accounted for and then assess whether immediate, life-saving medical care is needed. Even if no one obviously appears injured, it is very important that a paramedic or other medical personnel assess everyone as soon as possible. This step is especially important if a personal injury case is filed in the future.
Step 3: Report The Accident: If you are the owner of an aircraft that has been in an accident, you may have to report the accident to the NTSB if required by Part 830 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. If the accident occurred at an airport, you must notify their authorities as well. You may want to consult Germany Law Firm, PLLC if your aircraft has been involved in an accident, in order to preserve and protect your rights.
Step 4: Contact Your Insurance Company: If you are the owner of the plane, you will need to inform your insurance agent of the details of the accident. They will need to know the time of the accident, its location, and a detailed explanation of the crash. As an individual passenger, it is within your best interest to contact your insurance company, including any travel insurance companies, as necessary.
Step 5: Take Pictures: Whether you were a passenger on the plane or the owner of the plane, it is important to take photographs of the aircraft as soon as possible. Photographs of the damage could be vital evidence in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. If you are the owner of the aircraft, you will need to present pictures of the damaged aircraft to your insurance company.
Step 6: Contact an Aircraft Accident Attorney: If you or someone you love was involved in a plane crash of any type, it is highly likely that you will need the support and guidance of an aviation aircraft attorney. Injuries, including emotional trauma, may result from the crash. If you are the owner of the plane, you may need legal support to receive compensation for the damage to your aircraft and to defend against any lawsuit that may be brought against you.
Bob Germany and his team at Germany Law Firm, PLLC have been standing up for the rights of victims of aircraft accidents for almost 40 years. With over 70 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials, Germany’s legal team has a track record of solid success when it comes to securing compensation for our aircraft accident clients.
As soon as an aircraft accident occurs, contact Germany Law Firm, PLLC at 601-478-0555 to speak with one of our specialized, aggressive aircraft attorneys today.