Although airplane travel is relatively safe, accidents do happen. After a plane crash in which you are hurt or you lose a loved one, you should retain your own investigator to determine who was at fault. Potentially responsible parties include pilots, airlines, airplane or parts manufacturers, and air traffic controllers. In some cases, an aviation accident does not involve a plane but instead skydiving or helicopters. What is common to all of them is the possibility of serious injury or loss of life each time you take to the sky.
At the Neumann Law Group, our Michigan personal injury lawyers have decades of combined experience connecting grieving families with maximum compensation for what they’ve been through. We handle all types of cases involving vehicle accidents, including airplane accidents, helicopter crashes, skydiving accidents and more.Airplane Accident Investigations
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the causes of both commercial and noncommercial aircraft accidents. The opinions provided by the NTSB are not admissible in court, however, so your attorney will still need to conduct an investigation into the cause of the accident. Some possible causes of an accident include improper maintenance, pilot error or defective aircraft design.
If the cause of an aviation accident is negligence, you may be able to pursue compensation by establishing the defendant’s duty of care, a breach of duty, actual and proximate causation, and actual damages. It is important to retain an attorney who understands all the applicable air transportation laws. For example, the FAA has regulations that govern commercial operators' certification and actions in operating air carriers.
There is also an aeronautics code that governs aircraft, airports, airmen, and air instruction in Michigan. For example, under Section 259.80, someone cannot operate an aircraft that does not meet the airworthiness requirements of the United States or a foreign country, and someone cannot knowingly allow an aircraft to be operated that violates the operating limitations provided by the United States or a foreign country. However, an aircraft can obtain a waiver from the appropriate federal authority. In some cases, a violation of an air transportation law can provide a standard for a breach of duty.Defective Equipment is a Primary Cause of Many Aviation Accidents
Defective design or defective manufacturing may be to blame for an aviation accident. A particular part or component may not have been designed appropriately or may have been manufactured incorrectly. In many cases, it is necessary to retain experts to prove the defect in the component was the cause of the accident. Some potentially responsible parties in a product liability case include the manufacturer of the airplane, the manufacturer of component parts, or the party that sold the airplane to an airline or another owner. Of course, the manufacturers of allegedly defective parts rarely accept responsibility, which is why having an experienced Michigan aviation accident lawyer is crucial in these cases.Have You Lost a Loved One in an Airplane or Helicopter Accident?
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death as a result of an accident involving an aircraft, contact the experienced aviation accident attorneys at Neumann Law Group for a free consultation. At the Neumann Law Group, we’re committed to helping your family pursue justice for your loss. We are also keenly aware that this is an exceedingly difficult time for your family, and we will do everything possible to minimize the burdens placed on you throughout the process. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation today, give the Traverse City personal injury lawyers at the Neumann Law Group a call at 800-525-6386. You can also connect with us through our online contact form. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless and until we can connect you with the compensation you deserve.