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Private Plane Accident Lawyer

Statistics tell us that when it comes to aviation accidents, more people are injured than killed. Comparing airplane injuries to fatalities, National Transportation and Safety Board data show that in 2010:

  • 1,043 persons were injured
  • 221 persons were killed

Private Plane Crash Lawyer

If you are injured in a private plane crash, or someone you love has been injured or killed, you have the right to speak with a private plane crash lawyer to determine if you should be compensated. Victims of airplane crashes can suffer devastating injuries and should be compensated for their pain and suffering.

Injuries can range from bruises and broken bones to paralysis and traumatic brain injuries. Our private plane crash lawyers have experience in recovering damages for these types of injuries and losses and understand the complexities of aviation of law. To schedule a free consultation with a private plane crash lawyer to find out about compensation for injuries or the loss of loved ones, contact us today.

Types of Aviation Accidents

Causes of plane accidents number in the hundreds. Among the more well-known are:

  • Fire in the cabin or cargo hold
  • Bird strikes
  • Fuel starvation
  • Design flaw in the airplane
  • Mechanical error
  • Pilot error (flying under the influence, misjudgment, lack of sleep, faulty maneuvers)
  • Pilot incapacitation
  • Electrical malfunction
  • Lightening
  • Weather
  • Wind, wind shear
  • Air traffic controller mistakes
  • Mid-air collisions
  • Maintenance failures
  • Failure to fuel
  • Weight and balancing problems

Scheduled passenger flights are less likely to encounter accidents than other kinds of flights. Unscheduled flights include:

  • Unscheduled passenger and charter
  • Cargo
  • Ferry
  • Test
  • Training
  • Demonstration

The different phases of flight involve different crash statistics. These phases and the percent of mishaps associated with each are:

  • Taxi — 12 percent
  • Take-off and initial climb — 20 percent
  • Climb — 10 percent
  • Cruise — 8 percent
  • Descent and initial approach — 14 percent
  • Final approach and landings — 36 percent

Most accidents and fatalities occur during the take-off/initial climb and descent-/approach phases of the flight. Planes at this point of their flight are closer to the ground and have less room to maneuver and recover in case of problems. These phases of the flight also require greater skill in handling the craft.

Small Private Plane Flight Lawsuit

Individuals who have suffered injuries during a small private plane flight (and the surviving families of those who have been killed in a small plane crash) may be eligible to pursue damages by filing a small private plane flight lawsuit. These types of claims should be handled by an attorney with experience in private plane crash lawsuits, as they are very involved and complicated.

Defendants in these cases can include the owner of the plane, another company or individual that owns the charter or sightseeing company, the pilot and other staff, and the maintenance or repair company that worked on the plane, among others.

Small Private Airplane Crash Injuries

Small private plane crash injuries can range in severity from minor injuries such as scrapes and bruises to severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and paralysis. Serious injuries can have devastating effects on the injured person and his or her family. If you or someone you love suffered a serious injury in a private plane crash, you may be eligible to seek compensation to help pay for medical bills and to prepare for the challenges you face.

Contact a Private Plane Crash Lawyer

If you or someone you love is severely injured in a private plane accident, you should speak with an attorney about your right to seek compensation. You might be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and lost wages due to an inability to work, as well as your pain and suffering.

To schedule a free case review, contact us today. Our aviation accident lawyers have experience in commercial and private plane crashes.

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Aviation Facts

  • Approximately 80 percent of all plane crashes occur shortly before or after takeoff or landing due to human error or mechanical failures.
  • According to an aviation accident survey of nearly 2,200 plane crashes from 1950 to 2004, the number one cause of aviation accidents is pilot error, which results in 45 percent of accidents. Undetermined causes: 33 percent. Mechanical failure: 13 percent.
  • In 2005, there were a total of 1,764 aviation accidents in the United States that resulted in 600 fatalities. Low-level maneuvering of an aircraft was the leading cause of fatal aviation accidents from 1998 to 2004.
  • In 2004, more than 70 percent of all plane crashes that ended in serious injury or fatality occurred during a personal flight. General aviation accidents occur more frequently than airline or business aviation accidents.
  • The most recent statistics on midair collisions has shown a steady decline. In 2004, there were 10 midair accidents resulting in 10 fatalities compared to 11 collisions in 2003 with 23 deaths.