Flying through the sky is undoubtedly the quickest way to travel across the great state of California. And it is a wonderful way to view the beautiful landscape from magnificent heights above.
But while soaring above the clouds may be cost-effective, convenient and exhilarating, it certainly doesn’t come without its dangers. In fact, statistics provided in a report by the International Civil Aviation Organization show that in 2013 alone, out of all of the scheduled commercial flights, there were 90 accidents, leading to 173 fatalities.
Due to the nature of aviation accidents, passengers may sustain devastating injuries that require significant recovery times. Or in other cases, a plane accident injury may result in a long-term disability.
Regardless of the type of injuries sustained, if you or a loved one has been injured in a plane crash, it is important to understand how you can recover compensation. Consider the following before pursuing a civil lawsuit and consult our aviation accident lawyers in San Diego.
Common Causes of Airplane Crashes
Plane crashes can occur due to a multitude of different factors. A plane crash may be the result of pilot error or negligence (for example, if the pilot was distracted or intoxicated or wasn’t trained properly for the task at hand). A crash also may be the result of poor communication between aircraft control and pilots or could be due to a defective product within the aircraft that wasn’t fixed before the plane took off.
Dangerous weather may cause a plane wreck, causing damage to the plane or for the pilot to lose control of the aircraft, leading to a crash. According to a brief published by Boeing, plane accidents that are the result of a crash into the ground or other obstacles are known as “Controlled Flight Into Terrain” (CFIT) and have contributed to more than 9,000 deaths since the beginning of the age of commercial jets.
Our San Diego aviation accident attorneys can help injured parties or their families investigate the cause of an accident, which is important to determine liability.
Common Injuries Sustained in Airplane Accidents
Of course, depending on the nature of the plane accident, any injuries sustained may vary in scope and severity and may require significant medical treatment and rehabilitation for the victim.
The following is a list of injuries that may be incurred as a result of a plane accident.
- Cuts, lacerations, and abrasions
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Burn injuries
- Broken bones
- Loss of limbs
While this encompasses a variety injuries sustained in a plane crash, it is by no means an exhaustive list. And while some victims of plane crashes escape with their lives, others are not so lucky.
Consider Contacting an Aviation Accident Lawyer in San Diego
Surviving a plane crash can be an extremely devastating experience. Similarly, losing a loved one in an aviation accident can leave the survivors feeling lost and afraid.
In the event that you or a loved one has been involved in a plane crash, we invite you to contact our aviation accident lawyers in San Diego at Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP. We will help gather and examine the necessary evidence to strengthen your claim, such as flight data recorders, pictures of the crash, cockpit voice recorders, records of air traffic control, training records of the pilot and the crewmembers, and any available manuals regarding aircraft procedures, operation and maintenance. We can even review the record of the aircraft manufacturer to highlight any possible negligence on its behalf.
Don’t hesitate to call us today to begin filing a claim. We will work on your behalf to help you secure payment for your injuries. You can reach our aviation accident lawyers when you are ready at 619-296-5884 or by filling out our online contact form.