If you or a loved one has been injured in an airplane accident, chances are you are devastated and confused about your rights and what you can do. The first thing you should do is contact an aviation accident lawyer.
Aviation law is a priority at the Cincinnati, Ohio law firm of O’Connor Acciani & Levy Co., LPA. Our aviation accident attorneys are well practiced in aviation law and are equipped with the knowledge and experience you need to win your case.
Airline safety depends primarily on:
- airline company management
- the aircraft’s age
- standard of training
- adherence to standard operating procedures
- regular and thorough airplane maintenance
Commercial and general aviation accidents are the two classifications of airplane crashes. General aviation refers to all privately operated jets and planes, and these accidents are usually caused by negligence.
In the event of an airline accident, investigating what caused the crash is the first step, as this will determine any legal options for personal injury or wrongful death. Because important evidence is likely to be destroyed, it can take a long time to discover the reasons for the crash.
Agencies like the Federal Aviation Association (FAA), National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) and the airline company itself investigate airplane accidents. Causes of airplane accidents include pilot error, design flaws, mechanical failure, and weather conditions.
The NTSB recommends these ten precautions to reduce your risk of an airplane accident and lessen your chances of injury in an accident.
- Choose nonstop flights whenever possible. Most accidents occur on take off and landings.
- Fly on larger aircraft. Design regulations are stricter for planes seating over 30 passengers, and large aircraft have better survival rates in crashes.
- Pay attention to locations of emergency exits so you can deplane as soon as possible if necessary.
- Don’t put heavy items in the overhead storage areas; they may fly out during turbulence
- Keep seat belts fastened while seated for extra protection during turbulence
- Follow any instructions that the Flight Attendants give, and ask questions later.
- Avoid bringing hazardous material aboard. Call the airline if in doubt.
- Let the Flight Attendants pour hot liquids for you, as they can do so safely.
- Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all. Alcohol will affect you more in the pressurized cabin, and in some cases leads to “air rage” or uncontrollable behavior.
- Be alert to what is happening in the event of an emergency and follow the Flight Attendant’s instruction.
In addition to the airline, reliable and timely sources of basic information about aircraft accident reports are:
The law firm of O’Connor Acciani & Levy Co., LPA has been assisting personal injury survivors, surviving families, and other attorneys for over 25 years, throughout the U.S. and internationally. Our history of aviation litigation includes:
- Aviation injuries
- International airline crashes
- Accidents involving private aircraft and small planes
- Commercial airline accidents
- Wrongful death and survival action
- Multi-district litigation
We can help you find answers and consult with you on actions that will be most beneficial to your case. Call us today at 513-842-9029 or toll free at 877-288-3241.
Court costs and case expenses by law are responsibility of the client.