Aviation Accidents

What is an Aviation Accident?

An aviation accident is defined as an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft which, in the case of a manned aircraft, takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight until such time as all such persons have disembarked, or in the case of an unmanned aircraft, takes place between the time the aircraft is ready to move with the purpose of flight until such time as it comes to rest at the end of the flight and the primary propulsion system is shut down, in which:

  1. a) a person is fatally or seriously injured as a result of:
  • being in the aircraft, or
  • direct contact with any part of the aircraft, including parts which have become detached from the aircraft, or
  • direct exposure to jet blast,

except when the injuries are from natural causes, self-inflicted or inflicted by other persons, or when the injuries are to stowaways hiding outside the areas normally available to the passengers and crew; or

  1. b) the aircraft sustains damage or structural failure which:
  • adversely affects the structural strength, performance or flight characteristics of the aircraft, and
  • would normally require major repair or replacement of the affected component, except for engine failure or damage, when the damage is limited to the engine, its cowlings or accessories; or for damage limited to propellers, wing tips, antennas, tires, brakes, fairings, small dents or puncture holes in the aircraft skin; or

c) the aircraft is missing or is completely inaccessible.

What Causes an Airplane Accident?

What Causes an Airplane Accident?

Our years of experience with plane crashes and other mass disasters have given our team a complete understanding of how to investigate and prepare these cases for trial or settlement. We carefully investigate what caused each accident and hold the airline, aviation companies, airport, manufacturer, and anyone else who was at fault accountable.

From what we’ve seen, the most common reasons for aviation accidents are:

  • Maintenance Negligence: It is becoming more common for airlines to hire third parties in the U.S. and abroad to take care of the maintenance of their planes. By doing this, airlines are putting passengers in needless danger, all to make more money by keeping costs down and making more money.

  • Design or Manufacturing Defects: Design or manufacturing flaws that cause or contribute to an aviation accident can be used as the basis for a product liability lawsuit against the companies responsible. A plane or a part of a plane is said to have a “defective design” if it was made correctly, but something about the way it was designed made it more dangerous than it should have been. A design fault can influence an entire product line, not just a single product. A manufacturing defect is when an airplane or one of its parts is made in a way that isn’t safe and doesn’t match the original design or specifications. A problem with the way a product was made can affect an entire line of products or just one product.

  • Flight Crew Negligence: A U.S. airline accident can happen if the crew doesn’t do their jobs well. If the pilot isn’t paying attention or isn’t properly trained to fly the plane, if the crew skips important safety checks, or if the flight attendants don’t do their jobs, there could be injuries in the air, crashes on the runway, or even devastating mid-air crashes.

  • Corporate negligence: More and more, corporate policies are pushing airline pilots and crew members to fly with the least amount of fuel possible to save money or to land in unsafe ways to avoid delays and canceled flights. These ways to save money hurt safety and open the door to a possible U.S. airline accident without being necessary.
Claims for Personal Injuries in Airplane Accidents

Claims for Personal Injuries in Airplane Accidents

People involved in many kinds of accidents can file civil claims against the person or people who caused the accident to get money damages. If you file a personal injury claim for an aviation accident, you could get paid for all past and future costs related to the accident, like:

  • Medical costs – A settlement or award for an aviation accident should include medical care for you or a loved one who died, as well as any future medical care for a long-term or permanent injury. 

  • Loss of pay – During the time you were recovering from your aviation accident, if you missed work, you should include the money you lost as part of your compensation. If the accident left the person with a permanent disability, they may not be able to work again. 

  • Pain and trouble – Through the civil justice system, you can ask for compensation for physical pain and suffering, emotional damage, mental anguish, and other effects that are hard to measure.

  • Damages for wrongful death – If you lost a family member in a plane crash or other aviation accident, you may be able to get compensation for things like loss of consortium, funeral and burial costs, and lost inheritance.

How to Respond When a Plane Crashes?

It’s not always easy to figure out who was at fault in a plane crash. Even though a plane’s black box can be very helpful, figuring out what happened can be a long and hard process. It is important to hire experienced aviation lawyers to help you understand the law and how it can be used to help you get back on your feet after an aviation accident. Hire a Texas plane accident lawyer to help you get through this tough time.

What Can GoSuits Aviation Accident Lawyer Do for You?

GoSuits will do whatever it takes to help you get the money you deserve after an airplane accident. Our team will investigate what happened, talk to possible witnesses, and try to figure out who caused the crash. We can also put you in touch with professionals in your area who may be able to help you. Contact us immediately to help you.


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