Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Jul 12, 2013 in Local
On average, 11.5 people are seriously hurt in a U.S. air carrier-related accident each year; approximately 72 are killed, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Of course, there are thousands more taking to American skies in other aircraft, and preliminary NTSB data for 2011 show that more than 3,100 aviation accidents occurred in the United States.
Travelers across the U.S. are injured in private and commercial airplanes because of a number of factors. Although traveling by plane is extremely convenient and statistically safer than traveling by car, there are inherent risks to this mode of transportation, and when a plane crash happens, its highly likely the damage will be severe. When airplane accidents happen, the victims and their families deserve justice.
The Phillips Law Group is determined to pursue justice for all victims of aviation injuries. With law offices located throughout the country, our attorneys have had the experience in representing crew members, passengers and their families who have suffered from an aviation disaster. We recognize that in many aircraft accidents, the cause often has to do with pilot errors, product failure, faulty aircraft parts or negligent maintenance of the aircraft. If your family has been devastated by such a tragedy, we may be able to help.
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Causes of Aviation Accidents
Unfortunately, most aircraft accidents end in death. Some victims are able to escape with serious injuries, but may require long-term care. Tragically, many plane accidents could have been avoided.
Whether the aviation accident was due to a mid-air collision or a technical error on the runway, Phillips Law Groups aviation accident attorneys will investigate every possible contributing factor and analyze all of the evidence to construct a robust case and determine liability for damages.
Common contributing factors in plane crashes include:
- Pilot errors
- Poor weather conditions
- Violations of FAA regulations
- Design or structural issues
- Unsecured items in overhead storage
- Faulty equipment
- Burns from hot beverages
- Negligent acts of flight attendants
- Improper storage of hazardous cargo
- Negligent acts by federal air traffic controllers
- Dangerous or defective design or manufacturing
There are over 300,000 components in a large jet, and thousands of possible things that could go wrong in an aircraft. Fortunately, there are stringent guidelines for assembling and testing an airplane, as well as rigorous inspections that must be performed regularly. Unfortunately, not every aircraft operator performs the required inspections prior to every flight. Consequently, many individuals are hurt or killed because of this negligence. In such cases, the injured, or his or her survivors, may have grounds for a claim.
Aviation Damage Claims & Insurance Carriers
No matter why the disaster occurred, an aviation accident is highly likely to end in death for most aboard. In the aftermath of an airplane accident, it is extremely important for those who have been injured or lost a loved one to contact a reputable law firm with experience in aviation injuries that have represented plaintiffs in such high-profile lawsuits. Having a lawyer on your side will help you to resist offers of settlement from the airlines defense attorneys or insurance carriers. Although such settlements may seem generous and tempting, they are hardly sufficient for the damage you have suffered.
Insurance company representatives tasked with assessing the damage in an aircraft accident are NOT your friends. These individuals are highly trained, skilled agents seeking information at your most vulnerable and while the questions may seem innocent at the time, anything you say could be used against you with dire consequences. When your statements are taken to court, they will be used to try and minimize the compensation to which you are entitled.
Along these lines, it is highly important NOT to sign any paperwork provided by the negligent party or their representatives without consulting an attorney. Any offer of settlement will be considerably less than that which could be obtained in the courtroom.
Contact Our Skilled Aviation Accident Attorneys
The laws governing the skies are complex. That is why it takes a seasoned legal team to successfully represent victims of aviation accidents. The Phillips Law Group has the trial experience and legal resources to tackle the detail-oriented litigation required in cases against airlines and private aviation companies.
Our attorneys review all relevant government reports and conduct an independent investigation of the incident to thoroughly understand the circumstances of our clients injuries. We also make contact with the NTSB within hours of being retained.
If you need legal advice related to injuries or the loss of a loved one in an aviation accident, our personal injury attorneys can give you answers in a free, confidential consultation. We are proud of our history of success in representing victims like you and the over $400 MILLION we have obtained in verdicts and settlements.
We are proud to serve clients throughout the U.S., and can visit potential clients in their home or hospital if transportation is not available. We have 8 offices throughout the west and accept clients in the following areas:
- Phoenix, AZ
- Tucson, AZ
- Salt Lake City, UT
- San Diego, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- San Jose, CA
- Oakland, CA
- Albuquerque, NM
- and the surrounding areas
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