Aviation accidents can often result in complex litigation

On Behalf of | Oct 21, 2021 | Aviation Accidents |

Compared to other means of transport, flying is the safest. That said, accidents do occur, and they tend to be quite deadly. In most cases, such aviation accidents result in mass injuries or the death of multiple people, thereby affecting the lives of hundreds more. In addition, aviation accidents can get complex due to the various parties that may get involved and the complexities of investigating a plane crash. Thus, everything is not so straightforward, even if it involves a light aircraft.

Common causes of aviation accidents

Aircraft crashes are mainly caused by pilot error or equipment failure. Other common causes of aviation accidents include:

  • Negligence by air traffic controllers
  • Structural or design problems
  • Violation of aviation regulations
  • Flying in bad weather that the airplane or pilot cannot handle

Proving the exact cause of an aviation crash is not easy

Given the many components of an airplane that could have contributed to a crash, it is not so easy to pinpoint the exact cause. Careful analysis by aviation experts always follows an airplane accident, including taking an in-depth look at the black box if it is present. It is an exercise that may take several days, if not months.

In addition, several parties could be held liable depending on the cause of the accident. For example, the owner and operator of the aircraft, manufacturers and maintenance suppliers, or even the federal government — all may bear some responsibility for a plane crash.

Protect your legal rights

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a plane accident, it is important to safeguard your legal rights. While every aviation accident is different, the claims following a crash are guided by the legal theories of product liability, negligence, or sometimes, both. It is, therefore, necessary you know how to proceed if you are a victim and get the justice you deserve.