If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death in an airplane or helicopter crash, contact us immediately or call 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation. You may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- Physical pain
- Medical bills, including home healthcare
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Lost wages
- Funeral expenses for the victim, if deceased
- Loss of support from the victim, if deceased
How Safe Is Air Travel?
Statistically speaking, it is more dangerous to drive a car than to fly. Americans have a 1 in 114 chance of dying in a car crash, according to the National Safety Council, versus a 1 in 9,821 chance of dying in commercial or private air travel.
However, while car crashes can often result in relatively minor injuries, not so much if you’re involved in a plane or helicopter crash, which can be catastrophic and even deadly. Some of the most common injuries from airplane and helicopter crashes include:
- Broken bones
- Head, neck, and spinal cord injuries
- Open wounds and lacerations
- Internal injury
These types of injuries can occur in the air and on the ground. Individuals can be injured during boarding and deplaning, from debris falling from overhead bins, or when they are caught in the direct path of an incident, such as when aircraft parts land on buildings or vehicles.
While the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) collects data and attempts to determine the reason for each crash, NTSB investigators may not seek out every individual or party who may be responsible for a victim’s injury or death.
For commercial air crashes, parties that could potentially be liable might include the airline, aircraft manufacturer, and air traffic controllers. For general aviation crashes, the pilot could be held liable if the crash occurred due to pilot error, as well as the owner of the airplane, their insurer, or the plane’s manufacturer.
If you have been injured or a loved one has died in a plane or helicopter crash, an experienced personal injury attorney can often be critical in helping to try to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable and that you are compensated accordingly.
Common Causes of Air Crashes
Human error. Approximately 80% of all airplane accidents are due to human error (pilots, air traffic controllers, mechanics, etc.), according to Boeing.
Mechanical failure. That same Boeing study found that approximately 20% of airplane crashes are due to machine (equipment) failures.
Weather. The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that weather is a primary contributing factor in 23% of all aviation accidents.
Intentional sabotage. A particularly rare cause of plane disasters, but one that can create angst for travelers, is intentional sabotage, which currently accounts for 9% of all fatal plane crashes worldwide.
How Safe Is Your Aircraft?
Commercial airliners. Airline companies, aircraft manufacturers, airport operators, and their contractors are responsible for ensuring your flight is safe. Each is required to follow regulations, which are enforced by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States. When any of these parties fail to fulfill their obligations, passenger safety is at risk.
Single-engine aircraft. Small, single-engine planes or charter planes have a higher accident rate than commercial airliners, and the death rate is also higher. Pilot error and weather conditions are the primary causes for single-engine aircraft accidents.
Helicopters. Helicopters can be 35% more prone to crashing than the average aircraft. They typically land and take off far more often than larger aircraft, and typically, general aviation pilots aren't required to have as much training or experience as commercial pilots. Weather conditions can also be a factor.
Get a Free Case Evaluation from NC Personal Injury Attorneys
If approximately 80% of air crashes are caused by human error, the victim must be able to prove negligence in order to be compensated. However, proving negligence in a plane or helicopter crash can take a highly experienced legal team – a team that knows how to maneuver unyielding, and sometimes cumbersome and sluggish government and insurance regulations, timelines, and procedures.
If you have suffered a serious injury, or someone you love was killed in a plane or helicopter crash, contact our legal team, which has more than 150 combined years of legal expertise. You may be entitled to compensation.
Call us at 1-866-900-7078 or click the live chat option to speak with someone right now. Your case evaluation is absolutely free. And if we take your case, we will take it on a contingency fee basis – meaning you owe us no attorney’s fee if we are not able to recover for you.