If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an aviation accident in California, you may already know that you need the assistance and support of an experienced attorney, who understands California aviation law and related federal law. However, you may not know how complicated it can be to bring an aviation lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries and losses.
Aviation accident lawsuits involve many state and federal laws, rules, and regulations and require a great deal of dedication, skill, and experience to win. If you need the assistance of a qualified and experienced professional, the team of personal injury attorneys at eAccidents are here to help.
You and your family deserve to be treated fairly, and we can ensure that you are. Call eAccidents today at 844-400-0123 to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.
What is an Aviation Accident?
An aviation accident is any incident involving an aircraft or airline that results in damage to property, bodily injury, or in the worst cases, loss of life. Aviation accidents can occur when an aircraft is in flight, on the ground, or while ascending or descending.
The most common causes of aviation accidents and injuries are as follows:
- Human error;
- Violation of flight rules and regulations;
- Equipment failure; and
- Bad weather conditions.
Common injuries sustained as a result of aviation accidents include:
- Broken Bones;
- Spinal Injuries;
- Head Trauma;
- Burns; and
Aviation accident lawsuits are legally and factually complicated. Determining who is legally responsible for your damages can take immense resources and a great deal of time.
Any party whose negligent actions contributed to an aviation accident may be held liable. In many cases, liability is shared by multiple parties, such as:
- The pilot;
- The owner or aircraft operator;
- The fuel supplier; as well as
- The state and federal agencies that oversee the aviation industry
Aviation Accident Lawsuits
To be successful in an aviation accident lawsuit, you must prove that negligence was involved in causing the accident or injury. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the government agency in charge of investigating aviation accidents, conducts thorough investigations of every plane crash that occurs in the United States and usually determines their cause.
Negligence for an aviation accident is usually based on information obtained from the NTSB investigation report. This report will typically include eyewitness testimony, radar data, expert witness testimony, black box data, as well as photographs and sketches of the crash scene.
Victims and the families of those who have lost their lives in aviation accidents, have the right to engage a qualified attorney, like those at eAccidents, to pursue an aviation accident lawsuit against the parties responsible for their injuries and/or the death of their loved ones. These rights include the right to recover compensatory damages, such as:
- Medical expenses to treat injuries;
- Loss of income and earning potential;
- Pain and suffering;
- Lost and damaged property;
- Loss of love and companionship; and
- Other damages.
How an Experienced California Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
With aviation news focusing heavily on airplane crashes, what is often overlooked is the relationship between the manufacturers of aircraft and aircraft parts and the NTSB. In most cases, the NTSB invites airlines and aircraft manufacturers to participate in aviation accident investigations.
But it is often those very airlines and aircraft manufacturers that are liable for the accident that they are investigating. Thus, aviation accidents often lack objectivity because the culpable defendants are in essence investigating themselves.
It is, therefore, critical that the victims and the families of those who lost their lives in aviation accidents be able to participate (themselves or through their legal counsel) in the investigation process, to ensure less bias and more fairness and objectivity.
So, regardless of how and why the aviation accident occurred, it is important that you enlist the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you determine things like, who the pilot of the aircraft was, who was responsible for aircraft maintenance, who owned the aircraft, and other matters that only an attorney who is experienced in aviation accident cases will understand and know to look for.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an aviation accident in California, and would like to pursue compensation for your injuries and/or the death of your loved one, call eAccidents at 844-400-0123 to arrange a consultation with a qualified personal injury attorney.