While aviation accidents occur far less often than motor vehicle accidents, these types of accidents typically involve more people, involve much larger and expensive equipment, result in more injuries and fatalities, and prompt complex insurance disputes. Due to the intricate nature of these types of accidents, anyone who has been injured or who has lost a loved one in an aviation accident is well-advised to consult with an Omaha aviation accident attorney to learn more about the legal options available to them.
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Aviation Accident Investigations
In most cases, after an aviation accident occurs in the U.S., the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) conducts an investigation into the cause of the accident. While the organization is a U.S. agency, the NTSB will also investigate international aviation accidents, collaborating with local and other appropriate authorities, if the accident involved an aircraft that was registered in the U.S., if the aircraft was built by a company in the U.S., and if the accident resulted in a high number of American citizen fatalities.
Due to the multitude of both federal and international regulations and rules regarding air travel, filing an aviation accident claim can be extremely complicated. Depending on where the accident occurred and the circumstances surrounding the incident, a wide variety of laws may apply, and many different people or entities may be implicated. Aircraft and parts manufacturers, pilots and other flight crew members, airline owners, and others may be held liable for an aviation accident and related damages.
Common Causes of Aviation Accidents
Strict regulations are put in place to promote safety and to help prevent aviation accidents from occurring.
Typically, aviation accidents are classified into three main categories:
- Atmospheric and other weather conditions
- Human error
- Mechanical malfunctions
Within each of these categories, there are a wide variety of factors that may cause or contribute to an aviation accident. For example, a mechanical malfunction caused by a defective part may result in an airplane losing engine power during take-off or mid-flight; a helicopter pilot who is fatigued may attempt to make an unsafe landing or make other unwise decisions; and inclement weather, such as heavy rain or snow, may cause an aircraft to have difficulty landing or taking off. Any one of these possible scenarios can result in an aviation accident, which may cause significant property damage to both the aircraft and properties on the ground, as well as passenger and flight crew injuries or even fatalities.
There are strict regulations in place to promote safety and help prevent aviation accidents from occurring. The Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) enforced by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) establish rules for pilots, flight instructors, air carriers and operators, and commercial space transportation to follow. These include regulations regarding hazardous materials, certification requirements, general operation and flight rules, and more. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) establishes and enforces international regulations and standards.
Nebraska Aviation Accident Lawyers Holding All Negligent Parties Accountable
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an aviation accident, it is important that you do not sign anything before learning about your legal rights from an attorney. Going forward without a skilled Omaha aviation accident attorney working on your behalf may result in receiving inadequate compensation. The lawyers at Cullan & Cullan LLC can carefully analyze the specifics of your situation in order to advise you on the best course of legal action for you to obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
To find out how we can help you, call our law offices at (402) 882-7080 to schedule a free consultation today.