Over the years as air travel has grown, unfortunately, so have the number of accidents. When you get on an airplane, you expect that you’ll arrive safely at your destination, but there have been instances where that doesn’t always happen. Nearly all aviation accidents stem from someone not doing what they were supposed to do. This could include pilot error, mechanical oversight from the ground crew, and corporate policies that lead to unsafe flying. Flying airplanes and helicopters is highly regulated, and if someone is not careful to follow the rules or tries to cut corners, the outcomes can be disastrous.
When investigating an aviation accident, it’s very important to look at what caused the accident, and why that mistake was made. It may be pilot error, or negligence on the part of the ground crew or aircraft manufacturer. But, this can become a very complicated process as we try to ascertain who is at fault, and who is responsible for paying for our client’s injuries.
There are also differences in the way we approach aviation accidents on large commercial aircraft versus a small private plane. On a large commercial aircraft, you may have more evidence from the black box to help you determine exactly what happened. On smaller aircraft, there is less that can go wrong, but it can be difficult to tell the details of the issue. In either case, if you have an experienced personal injury attorney who handles aviation accidents, they can likely get you money to cover your injuries, lost wages and more.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an aviation accident, you should talk to a personal injury attorney that handles aviation accident cases. We have two attorneys on staff at Greene and Phillips that are licensed pilots, David Greene and Britt Bethea. This is beneficial in the fact that they understand the lingo and aviation procedures, and can effectively litigate the case without error. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call us anytime at (251) 300-2000, or stop by our office at 51 North Florida Street during normal business hours.