Aviation disasters almost always result in catastrophic consequences. At Kelley/Uustal, we represent aviation accident victims against airlines, corporations, manufacturers, contractors, suppliers and any other responsible party or entity. Our attorneys have significant experience handling aviation accident litigation and have won multiple cases for our clients involving plane crashes.
Aviation Accident Cases We Handle
Not all plane crash or aviation accident cases involve major or even regional airlines. In fact, general, small craft aviation accidents far outnumber those involving airlines or even charter companies. At Kelley/Uustal, we have the resources, drive and legal experience to handle any type of aviation accident case, including:
- Airline Accidents involving major or regional carriers
- Corporate or charter aircraft crashes
- Military or military contractor crashes
- Helicopter crashes
- General aviation crashes
- International airline disasters
No matter the type of crash, our injury attorneys understand the case law involved and will invest the time and resources necessary to secure justice for you and your loved ones.
Cause of Plane Crashes
While aircraft accident rates have decreased drastically over the past 50 years, even a single crash is a disaster. Whether on take off, in flight or during the landing process, there are many reasons that a plane or helicopter crash can occur. Most commonly, pilot error, equipment failure, inclement weather and sabotage are the main reasons that aircraft crash. According to an analysis of over 1,000 fatal plane crashes:
- Pilot Error was – by far – the leading cause of aviation accidents, at 51 percent.
- However, pilot error was broken down into three categories. General pilot error was responsible for 32 percent of fatal crashes, weather related pilot error for another 16 percent, and mechanical related pilot error for 5 percent.
- Mechanical failure came in second, with 20 percent.
- Weather caused 12 percent.
- Sabotoge was involved in 8 percent of fatal plane crashes.
- All other causes contributed 1 percent of fatal plane crashes.
Who is liable in Aviation accidents?
Liability in aviation accidents depends on what type of aircraft was involved in the crash and exactly what went wrong. Airlines, airports, charter companies and even aircraft and aircraft component manufactures can all be held liable for the catastrophic consequences of a plane crash.
In cases involving airline accidents, the airlines themselves owe an increased legal responsibility to keeping passengers safe – referred to as a duty of care – because they are common carriers. Due to this, when a commercial airline crashes, victims and their families will almost always be able to recover compensation from the airline directly or their insurance carrier.
In cases involving international aviation accidents – such as the recent Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air disasters and the new Boeing 737 Max 8, liability may involve other rules as well, such as the Montreal Convention. However, if Boeing is found to be liable for the crashes, products liability law will apply and the manufacturer will be responsible for the damages.
Call Kelley/Uustal Today
As difficult as it may be to think about legal action after an aviation disaster, a lawsuit may be the only way to get justice for your loved one. A lawsuit may also prevent a similar situation from happening again. Our aviation accident attorneys can help in this difficult time and will do everything in our power to fight for you and you family. Contact Us Online | (954) 522- 6601