Aircraft Tragedies


Although it’s terrifying to think about, the reality is that aviation accidents continue to happen. Airplanes and helicopters are complex machines that must adhere to careful, precise design, meet high safety standards, and undergo rigorous maintenance checks. These procedures are protocol and must be followed to minimize the number of aviation accidents, as aviation crashes are among the most catastrophic transportation accidents.

Despite the industry’s best efforts, aviation accidents still happen occasionally. When fatal aviation accidents occur, they completely devastate the families of pilots, crews, and passengers alike. These families require the best legal help available to identify and hold the proper parties responsible.

Aviation accidents shed some light onto the complex nature of personal injury law. Due to the government’s extensive interests in aviation crashes, the laws surrounding aviation accidents are more convoluted than most other personal injury laws. For this reason, it is imperative that you work with an experienced lawyer who knows how to handle aviation accidents legally.


Aircraft Accident Law

As stated above, aviation litigation is extremely complex. Various theories of legal liability exist under state, federal, and international law that can tangle into a confusing mess. Multiple defendants and at-fault parties are usually involved in one aviation crash.

Aviation accident law covers major air carriers, as well as general aviation accidents. General aviation includes all non-commercial aircraft, such as small planes, small and large personal and business jets, charter flights, pleasure crafts, and helicopters.

To hold a party responsible for an airplane accident, the victim’s or victim’s family member’s representative must prove the defendant failed to meet the legal standard related to operating the aircraft, or related to the engineering, maintenance, or other operational issue that led to the aviation accident.

To successfully resolve these and other legal issues associated with a given aviation accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorney at Toce Law. Together, we will help you get through this tragedy by bringing the party/parties responsible to justice.


Causes of Aircraft Crashes

If you or a loved one has been involved in an aircraft crash, it can be bewildering to try to understand how and why it happened. Despite the extensive measures discussed above, the accidents still occur. The most common causes of both major carrier accidents and general aviation accidents include the following:

  • Pilot error

  • Faulty equipment or maintenance

  • Federal Aviation Administration regulations violations

  • Structural or design defects

  • Negligence of Flight Service Station employees

  • Negligence of Federal Air Traffic Controllers

  • Negligence in a third party's selection of a carrier


Personal Injury Claims for Aircraft Accidents

While the situation is different for each aviation accident, claims for personal injury or death resulting from an aviation accident usually fall under legal contexts of negligence, products liability, or both. Air travel is regulated by two federal agencies, meaning that the nation’s rules and regulations may impact a personal injury claim.

Many parties can be held responsible when claims are made regarding an aviation accident, including the airline providers, pilots, and maintenance crews. Product liability claims can be made against manufacturers and sellers of defective products that could have caused the crash. Additionally, if the aircraft operator acted negligently, then the owner will be liable for the damages of the injured.


Consult with a Professional Personal Injury Lawyer

Aviation personal injury law is intricate and extensive, requiring sharp analytical skills to decode state, federal, and sometimes international laws as applied to the aviation crash. The number of defendant parties, questions of venue, aviation engineering, industry standards, and federal government rules and regulations prove that there are many complex factors that influence the case. Don’t take on this difficult journey alone; Toce Law’s team of professionals can help you.

Toce Law’s expertise and cutting-edge knowledge of aviation litigation is invaluable to winning your aviation accident case. Whether you have a case and need representation or still trying to determine if you have a case, call Toce Law today at (337) 233-6818 for a free consultation.


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