In many forms of mass transportation, travelers relinquish control of their safety to the driver, operator, or controller of a vehicle, relying on that individual and that company to protect their best interests at all times. And in most cases, that is precisely what happens with thousands of travelers everyday that arrive at their jobs, homes, or vacation destinations safely.
One of the best examples of transportation where a passenger has little to no control is when an individual chooses to fly on an airplane, whether it is a commercial flight, a charter plane, or a private jet. A passenger on a plane remains passive in the airplane's movement during the duration of the flight, leaving the passenger's safety to those pilots in charge. But safety does not stop with the pilots and rather extends to the air traffic controllers on the ground, the mechanics who repair and maintain the planes, the corporation that owns and operates the airplanes, and also the employees who put together and construct the airplanes initially.
With so many people involved in the flying of a plane, it can be hard to identify who is at fault when an accident with the plane occurs. Sometimes, it might be pilot error that causes 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 plane'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 disaster.
When an airplane 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 people that are on board the plane. When compared to various other forms of transportation, planes can have a similar number of passengers or a number several times as large depending on the flight involved. For example, when a commercial airplane crashes, hundreds of people might lose their lives or sustain injuries, a number much larger than would be involved if two cars crashed on a local street.
A plane does not need to crash or strike another object for passengers to be at risk of injuries. There have been numerous situations where an in-flight malfunction or error led to passengers getting injured including where there was a loss of air pressure within a cabin or where an airplane flew in hazardous weather conditions, resulting in severe turbulence.
Regardless of how a plane incident happens, the blame does not lie with a passenger, but unfortunately the passengers are often these ones who suffer the physical toll. Whether they are wounded or killed, the lives of those involved in an accident and their surviving family members will be forever changed by those events and a crash can never be undone.
These claims can be complicated and can involve both state and federal law making them difficult to understand and comprehend without the help of a legal advocate on your side. Furthermore, claims for damages caused by a plane incident must be brought within a specific period of time following the incident or the victim will lose the right to bring such a claim.
Aviation Attorneys 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 realize 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 an accident by speaking with an injury attorney that 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 dedicated legal team and we make it our duty to provide just that. We fight for our clients' rights to get compensation for the total extent of their damages and we seek justice against all liable parties after an airplane accident. Call us today and let us help you towards the path of recovery.
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