Concerns about aircraft safety have been at the forefront of the industry for the past several years, given numerous concerns and tragic aviation accidents affiliated with the Boeing 737 MAX airplane. During 2017, U.S. airlines transported a total of 849.3 million passengers: 741.6 million domestically and 107.7 internationally. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports that Pennsylvania has 127 public-use airports, 243 private-use airports, and 280 private-use heliports. Of those, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) are the busiest in the state of Pennsylvania. The United States aviation industry is governed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The aviation industry includes commercial aviation, general aviation, private aviation as well as helicopters.
While it is true that one’s chances of being injured in an airline accident are far less than being injured in an automobile accident, aviation accidents do happen. An aviation accident can cause a tremendous amount of physical and emotional damage to an individual, and in hundreds of cases annually, even death. Aviation accidents are often quite complex, and it is important to have a legal team that is adept in the intricacies of aviation accident law. Identifying and understanding causes, responsible parties, and damages is critical to ensuring that victims of aviation accidents or loved ones of those killed in aviation accidents are properly vindicated and compensated.
What Causes an Aviation Accident?
Your Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton aviation injury lawyer will carefully collect, examine, and evaluate evidence from the incident. Many cases do not have one single and direct cause. When it comes to accidents in the aviation industry, there are so many variables that can come into play. Human error may be involved on the part of, for example, pilots, ground crew, air traffic controllers, or flight attendants. Technological and mechanical problems can be culprits in cases involving airplanes. Product defects can also be a factor. The average person will not know what to do, what details do and don’t matter, and where to turn next. Fellerman & Ciarimboli does.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for an Aviation Accident?
Determining responsible parties for aviation accidents can be a challenge. Depending upon circumstances, any, some, or all of the following parties may be partially or entirely culpable for tangible and intangible damages: