Plane crashes are not nearly as common today as they have been in the past due to never-ending improvements in modern technology. However, the rate of aviation accidents has actually been decreasing for decades, especially for commercial airliners. From the 1950s to the 1970s, there was a steady increase in accidents involving planes that carried more than 19 passengers. Then, the number of plane crashes started to drop, and nowadays, flying has become one of the safest ways to travel.
Despite our advancements in flying over the years, aviation accidents still happen. The majority of these crashes involve smaller, private aircraft as opposed to commercial airliners. While mechanical failures or inclement weather conditions can cause an accident, what has remained consistent over the years is the prevalence of pilot error. Pilot error is the leading cause of fatal and tragic aviation accidents throughout the world.
Most Common Aviation Accident Injuries
When there is an issue while in flight, the results can have devastating and fatal consequences for everyone on the plane. When pilot error and mistakes are the cause of a crash, the injured parties who were on the plane may be able to file an aviation injury claim for compensation. In Mississippi, Bob Germany is a Jackson aviation accident attorney that can help you with an injury claim after you suffered harm from a plane crash.
In 2010, there were 1,500 aviation crashes in United States-registered airplanes. Out of all of these crashes reported that year, 18% were deadly. These fatal accidents resulted in a total of 470 people losing their lives.
People who are lucky enough to walk away from an aviation accident may still have suffered severe injuries. The most common injuries caused by plane accidents include:
- Burns. Burns from fires can cause extensive destruction to the body, up to an including disfigurement. A person that has substantial burns is likely to require many surgeries and may never fully be able to address and fix their scarring.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries. A forceful impact on the head can lead to traumatic brain injuries that can have lasting and permanent negative implications for victims. When a TBI is severe, the ability to function like normal, think clearly, and sleep well, can all be considerably impaired. Not to mention TBI’s have the potential to lead to emotional trauma and the development of mental health diseases.
- Broken bones. Crashing to the ground or accidents taking off on the runway can crush a person’s body and cause broken bones.
- Spinal Cord Injuries. Spinal cord injuries happen easily when a plane crashes. Many victims that sustain spinal cord injuries will not fully recover. These victims will have to deal with permanent damages. Some spinal cord injuries can also be life-threatening.
Meet with a Jackson Aviation Attorney Today
Plane crashes are rarely the fault of the passengers, and many innocent victims are forced to suffer after these accidents. Any misconduct or negligence that existed and contributed to a flight losing altitude or having issues on a runway may likely result in the ability to file an injury claim for compensation. To learn more about your rights after a Mississippi aviation accident, please call the Jackson personal injury attorney at the Germany Law Firm, PLLC to schedule a free consultation today at (601) 487-0555.