Air travel is considered by most to be a safer means of transportation than automobile travel. However, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), air traffic is expected to double over the next 20 years. This increase will undoubtedly raise the risk and frequency of aviation/Aircraft accidents.
Luckily non-fatal accidents involving private aircraft are more frequent than catastrophic crashes or explosions. Nevertheless, when fatal air accidents do occur, they devastate the families of pilots, crews, and passengers alike. These families require the best legal help available to identify accountable parties and hold them liable for negligence.
The Voorhies Law Firm is here to provide much needed legal help for clients involved in plane accidents or plane crashes.
Aviation litigation is extremely complex. Many different theories of legal liability exist under state, federal, and international law. Multiple defendants and at-fault parties are usually involved in a single airline/airplane crash.
In order to hold a party responsible for an airplane accident, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant failed to meet the legal standard of operating the aircraft. This can be related to engineering, maintenance, or other operational issues or standards.
Pilots fly many times each week, and although the airlines take as many precautions as possible, mistakes can have serious repercussions. Every year, many people are injured and even killed in airplane accidents. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), over 1,500 aviation accidents occurred in 2016. Each year, as more and more people travel, that number only increases. The causes of aviation accidents can be wide-ranging, but some common causes of both major carrier accidents and general aviation accidents include:
Generally, commercial air travel is public and held to stricter standards. General aviation is typically private or recreational, and accounts for the majority of aviation accidents.
Still, aviation accident law covers major airline disasters as well as general aviation accidents.
General aviation includes:
Typically, you can recover compensation in several different categories, including economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. (Punitive damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer, prevent similar acts in the future, and provide additional financial comfort).
Airline and general aviation accidents are no different.
You may be able to recover compensation for:
The damages you can recover may be limited by the jurisdictions you file your case within. Different jurisdictions may also regulate what damages you may recover and what proof is required for each category. Some states also impose “caps” on certain categories of damages, thereby limiting a potential recovery.
The trusted team of experienced aviation attorneys at The Voorhies Law Firm can identify the best jurisdiction for your case. By building you a strong case, we can also present proof of your to pursue just compensation after an aviation accident or airline disaster.
For the last decade, the lawyers at The Voorhies Law Firm have been dedicated to helping injured parties achieve maximum compensation. Our law firm knows aviation law and we know how to fight for you.
No matter which Louisiana parish you live in, our personal injury lawyers can help you with your legal needs when it comes to complex aviation law.
Contact The Voorhies Law Firm to schedule your free case evaluation with one of our New Orleans experienced attorneys.
In the United States, two government agencies regulate air travel and investigate every commercial and general aviation accident:
The National Transportation Safety Board: The NTSB is in charge of investigating every civil aircraft accident and recommending safety standards to prevent future accidents.
Federal Aviation Administration: The FAA sets legal safety standards for pilot conduct, flight operations, and aircraft manufacturers. The administration enforces its regulations through civil penalties and criminal charges.
Our attorneys work closely with these organizations, but we also conduct private investigations to help ensure fault and negligence are crystal clear.
While the circumstances of different airplane crashes and other aviation accidents vary, personal injury claims and wrongful death cases are generally brought under the legal theories of negligence, products liability, or some combination of the two.
Because air travel is regulated by 2 federal agencies within the United States and many accidents outside of the U.S., a wide range of rules and regulations may impact your litigation strategy. Further, the standard of care for your claim may vary.
Pilots, aircraft owners, common carriers, airline maintenance providers, and major airlines are among those subject to claims whenever an aviation accident occurs. Additionally, product liability claims may be made against manufacturers and sellers of defective aircraft and other aviation products.
In particular, pilots are held to a high standard of care. If you can prove carelessness or recklessness, the plane’s operator and/or their employer will be held liable for the damages you suffered. Your case could also be instrumental in helping other injured parties achieve justice.
In airplane crashes, passengers, people on the ground, and even the pilot(s) and crew can sustain injuries. The laws that govern airline crashes and allow for monetary compensation are different in each state and can yield dramatically different results in an airplane crash case.
Additionally, in most cases, several options can exist for trial venues.Having a trusted, experienced aviation accident lawyer on your side can make all the difference.