When compared to car accidents, airplane crashes are extremely rare. When an aviation accident does occur, there are support services and legal options available for victims and their families. For example, the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996 requires the federal government to provide support to families of victims of major airplane accidents and it places certain duties on the airline responsible for the accident. Under federal law, it is also possible to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the at-fault parties. However, the legal issues surrounding Washington aviation accidents are often complex. Victims or their families would be well advised to understand their rights and options before filing a claim.
Aviation Accident Statistics Then and Now
Airplane technology has become increasingly sophisticated over the last few decades. A recent report in USA Today, however, shows that the survival rates during stages of flight has not significantly changed since the 1970s. The number of worldwide accidents involving U.S. Airlines in the 1970s was 394 compared to 269 in the 2000s.
In the 1970s, 22 percent of passengers and flight crew survived plane crashes that occurred in-flight compared to 15 percent who survived in-flight accidents between 2000 and 2009. This means that a smaller percentage of plane occupants survive in-flight crashes now compared to more three decades ago. There is, however, a 67 percent survival rate for passengers and flight crew involved in landing crashes now compared to a 39 percent survival rate in the 1970s.
Common Causes of Aviation Accidents
Flying an aircraft successfully requires not only properly build airplanes, but it also depends on many different people doing their jobs properly and correctly. A number of errors or acts of negligence can cause an aviation accident, including:
- Mechanical failure
- Pilot error
- Failure to maintain the aircraft
- Defective aircraft or part
- Design failure
- Error on the part of air traffic controllers
Aviation Accident Liability
When accidents occur, injured victims and their families can pursue financial compensation for their losses. The claims process in aviation accident cases can be complex and challenging. One of the reasons why aviation accident claims are so complicated is that there are many potentially liable parties. The cause of the crash must be determined before filing a claim. A successful claim can result in support for your medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, the cost of rehabilitation services and all other related damages.
Contacting an Experienced Aviation Accident Lawyer
Local and federal officials investigate aviation accidents. These investigations often take several months to be completed. The skilled and knowledgeable Washington aviation accident attorneys at The Bernard Law Group will stay on top of the official investigation while ensuring that your legal rights are protected. We will help you understand what your claim is worth and work diligently to help you secure fair compensation for all your damages and losses. Please contact us at 1-800-418-8282 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.