Last weekend, three people were injured when two powered-parachute aircraft collided in midair near the town of Franklin, Illinois. According to preliminary reports, the aviation accident occurred at relatively low altitude, while the aircraft were being used for a fly-in event. Representatives from the Morgan County Sherriff’s Department stated that the two pilots were taken to Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, but no information on the third victim was available. (Journal Courier)
Fatalities on U.S. airliners are rare, but injuries associated with these incidents can be particularly gruesome. More than nine million flights take off every year in our country, and despite this massive number, only five deadly accidents have occurred since 2008. Statistically speaking, smaller aircraft and private aviators are much more likely than commercial airliners to be killed or injured while in flight. These smaller crafts are much more susceptible to weather and mechanical issues, and often have less experienced pilots in the cockpit. For this reason, even minor problems can have large implications. There are a multitude of different factors that can lead to an aircraft accident, but some of the most common factors include: (USA Today)
• Faulty equipment
• FAA regulation violations
• Pilot errors
• Problems with the design or structural integrity of the aircraft
• Flight service employee negligence • Negligence in the third party selection of a carrier • Federal air traffic controller negligence
Our lawyers have a great deal of experience with the unique and often complex nuances of aviation law. In one of our more notable cases, we were able to reach a $2.32 million settlement for the family of a small engine Cessna pilot who was killed because of a defective part in his planes carburetor. Along with our experience, a key to our ongoing success in accident lawsuits is the strong network of accident-related legal and medical experts with whom we have worked for years to help investigate and develop client cases. These relationships have proven to be invaluable when aiding clients in seeking maximum compensation and damages. If you have lost a loved one, or been injured in an aviation accident, you need a team of lawyers who understand the issues, and who know what to expect in the courtroom.