In several forms of mass transportation, passengers give up control of their safety to the driver, operator, or controller of a vehicle, trusting in that individual and that company to protect their best interests at all times. And in most cases, that is exactly what happens with thousands of travelers everyday who reach their jobs, homes, or vacation destinations safely.
One of the best examples of transportation where a passenger has little to no control is when a person chooses to fly on a plane, whether it is a commercial flight, a charter plane, or a private jet. A passenger on a plane stays passive in the plane's movement during the duration of the flight, leaving the passenger's safety to those pilots in charge. However safety does not stop with the pilots and instead extends to the air traffic controllers on the ground, the mechanics that repair and maintain the planes, the corporation who owns and operates the airplanes, as well as the employees that put together and design the airplanes initially.
With so many individuals involved in the flying of a plane, it can be hard to determine who is at fault when an event with the airplane takes place. Sometimes, it might be pilot error that leads to a collision or a crash while in others, the weather could be a prominent factor that was overlooked or ignored by those in charge of the airplane's travel. Still in other instances, a poorly designed plane, engine, or perhaps a part of the landing gear can make the difference between a safe, uneventful flight and a catastrophe.
When a plane crashes or otherwise is involved in an incident that puts passenger safety at risk, the outcome can be extreme and disastrous because of the large number of individuals that are on board the airplane. When compared to other modes of transportation, airplanes can have a similar number of passengers or a number several times as large depending on the flight involved. For instance, when a commercial airplane crashes, hundreds of people may lose their lives or suffer injuries, a number a lot larger than would be involved if two cars crashed on a local road.
A plane does not need to crash or strike another object for passengers to be at risk of injuries. There have been numerous instances where an in-flight malfunction or error resulted in passengers getting injured including where there was a loss of air pressure within a cabin or where an airplane flew in hazardous weather, causing extreme turbulence.
Regardless of how a plane accident happens, the blame does not lie with a passenger, but unfortunately the passengers are typically these ones that suffer the physical toll. Whether they are wounded or killed, the lives of those involved in a crash and their surviving loved ones will be forever changed by those events and an accident can never be undone.
These claims can be complicated and can involve both state as well as federal law making them hard to understand and comprehend without the assistance of a legal advocate on your side. Additionally, claims for damages inflicted by an airplane incident have to be brought within a specified time period following the incident or the victim will lose the right to bring such a claim.
Aviation Accident Lawyers at Drake Law Firm
If you have been the victim of an air disaster, airplane crash, or other aviation-related injury or if your family member has been killed in such an event, it is important to understand that the law provides you with certain rights that may include the right to financial compensation for your losses. You should be sure your rights are protected and enforced after a crash by speaking with an injury lawyer who can help you know your legal rights and your legal options.
At Drake Law Firm, we believe that accident victims are entitled to the best representation from a devoted legal team and we make it our job to provide just that. We defend our clients' rights to receive compensation for the full extent of their damages and we seek justice against all liable parties after a plane accident. Call us today and let us help you towards the path of recovery.
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