Airplane Accident Lawyer Philadelphia Pennsylvania
The media usually extensively covers aviation accidents that involve major airlines. These are certainly not the only types of aircraft crashes that occur. In addition to plane crashes involving commercial aircraft, aviation accidents often involve private aircraft, commuter planes, and helicopters. Major airline crashes occur a few times a year around the world. Smaller aircraft – planes that can carry only several people - crash much more often and often lead to serious injury and death. Statistically, one-engine planes, cargo planes, and propeller planes are involved in accidents each day.
According to the Air Crash Record Office, there were 117 total aviation accidents in 2011. As a result of these air crashes, 828 people died. The worst 2011 aviation accident occurred on July 26, when a Lockheed C-130H Hercules airplane crashed, resulting in 80 fatalities. If calculated by distance, airplanes are 62 times safer than cars and trucks. However, if calculated by journey, airplanes are three times more dangerous than cars. Half of all airplane accidents are caused by pilot error. Pilot error can either be based on a pilot making a mechanical mistake while flying or on a pilot making a poor decision based on weather conditions.
When determining whether you should file a lawsuit, it is important to identify the cause of the crash. Regardless of the type of the aircraft involved in an aviation accident, the most common causes of airplane crashes are:
- Pilot error
- Air traffic controller negligence
- Contamination of fuel
- Mechanical or design flaws
- Improper maintenance
The Federal Aviation Administration (the FAA) continuously complies and publishes airplane crash data. According to the FAA report, some recent aviation accidents involved:
- Loss of control while maneuvering an airplane;
- Crash after an encounter with instrument of meteorological conditions (rain, hail, snow, gust, strong wind, fog, etc.) during takeoff;
- Collision into mountainous terrain;
- Incident during approach to landing;
- Incident during an attempted go-around after landing;
- Incident during takeoff;
- Midair collision with another aircraft;
- Loss of thrust in both engines;
- Runway overrun during rejected takeoff;
- In-flight fire;
- In-flight engine fire.
When an individual or a company was negligent and caused a fatal aviation accident, the family of the deceased victims may file a wrongful death lawsuit and/or survival action. Families who lost a loved one may recover compensation for their losses and expenses. An experienced aircraft accident attorney will help investigate the case, indentify the cause of the crash and file a lawsuit on the family's behalf. If you lost a loved one, you need the help of a reputable Pennsylvania airplane crash law firm to represent your legal interests.
How to survive an airplane crash
Official statistics show that 95.7 percent of the passengers involved in airplane accidents between 1983 and 2000 survived. Even in the most serious crashes that took place during that time period, 50% of passengers survived. Due to safety advances and improvement in staff training survival rates increase. Passenger behavior in emergencies also plays an important role in survival. The experts advise passengers to heed the following advice:
Plan: When you board a plane, examine your environment and count the number of rows between you and the two nearest exits.
Listen to the pre-flight safety briefing: Study the seat-back safety card. If your seat is in an exit row, study the door and make sure you know how to open it.
Dress properly: You will need to be able to stay warm if you survive a plane crash so wear long sleeves and trousers and avoid wearing high heels.
Keep your seatbelt securely fastened: Remember how it unfastens.
Check for a life jacket before taking off: It is located in a plastic casing usually under the seat.
Do not inflate your jacket in the aircraft: Inflating a life jacket in the cabin will prevent a passenger from diving and reaching the exits if the cabin is flooded.
Brace yourself for impact: This will prevent you form being rapidly propelled forward. Return your seat to the upright position and lower your head to your knees or rest it on the seat in front of you. Put your hands behind your head, but do not lace your fingers. Keep your elbows to the side of your head, but not over knees.
Jump: At the time of the exit, jump feet-first, arms folded across chest and lean forward.
Personal Injury Lawyer Pennsylvania
After an airplane crash occurs, the families of the plane crash victims deserve to know how it occurred. They are entitled to know exactly what caused the accident and what was done to prevent death. There are answers to these questions, but only extensive research and investigation by an experienced aviation accident attorney can uncover the truth. When the family of a plane crash victim is selecting an aviation accident attorney, they want to hire a law firm that has the financial and professional resources to handle a major aviation accident case.
At the Lassen Law Firm, our experienced attorneys and legal staff will ensure thorough development and successful handling of these cases. The Lassen Law Firm has the resources to find out what happened to your loved ones and the experience to represent you in recovering compensation for injuries and losses sustained by you and your loved ones. Call the Lassen Law Firm now to discuss your legal right to recovery.
The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a 29% contingency fee, not the standard 45% like other firms. We serve ALL of Pennsylvania. We can sign you up over the phone and start working on your case today.
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Authored by: Christian Lassen