It may seem like a distant nightmare to some, but aviation accidents can and do happen every year. When pilots and plane companies fail to keep their passengers safe, the results are devastating. Although the overwhelming majority of passengers fly safely on commercial airlines every year, International Air Transport Association reports show 6 fatal plane accidents in 2017 and more than 70 total accidents worldwide from 2012 to 2016.
Regardless of recent improvements in airline safety measures, these horrific accidents cannot be undone, and the liable parties should be held accountable when they happen. Our aviation accident attorneys are well-versed in this area of personal injury law, and if you’ve been injured during a plane crash, we can help you determine if you have a case.
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Why Do Airplane Accidents Happen?
Given how much technical expertise and mechanical equilibrium are required to maintain a commercial aircraft, it’s no surprise that there have been many accidents historically. However, modern technology has all but perfected the art of flight, and so the question arises: What exactly causes a plane crash?
There are multiple factors in an accident, but some of the most common for aviation accidents include:
- Pilot errors: The unfortunate truth is that pilot error causes most airplane accidents. Some degree of human error is expected in any field, but in aviation, the stakes are much higher. If the pilot or the airline failed to properly limit accident risks, they may be liable for your injuries.
- Maintenance failures: In the worst aviation accident in American history, American Airlines Flight 191 took off from Chicago O’Hare airport and then burst into flame after its left-side engine detached. It was later discovered that a maintenance worker had used a shortcut while repairing the engine. Although this is an extreme example, maintenance failures are most often at the heart of aviation accidents – and they can have deadly consequences.
- Exhausted pilots: Airlines are notorious for working their pilots to the brink of exhaustion, at great risk to everyone on board. Whether caused by night shifts, inappropriate layover times, or inadequate jet lag recovery, pilot fatigue can cause serious accidents. If it does, the airline or the pilot may be accountable for injuries sustained in the crash.
- Mental health problems: From alcoholism to depression, an airline’s failure to properly spot or treat mental health issues can threaten passengers on planes. In one famous example, a depressed co-pilot intentionally crashed a Germanwings jetliner into the French Alps, resulting in the tragic death of over 140 people. While in that case the co-pilot had hidden the truth about his condition from his employers, airlines must exercise due diligence in selecting and vetting pilots.
Fighting to Recover Losses After a Crash
If you believe pilot or airline negligence resulted in a crash, don’t wait to speak with motor vehicle accident attorneys as soon as possible. It’s your right to recover your losses when those entrusted with your safety fail to honor it. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., we have helped our clients recover a collective $200 million in personal injury settlements, and we have 100 years of combined legal experience.