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Airplane Crashes and Personal Injury

Written by
Abraham Jaros
Updated on Saturday, Oct 21, 2023

Who’s Responsible When an Airplane Crashes?

Increased traffic means increased risk, in the air as well as on the road. In general, airplane travel is considered a safe mode of transportation, even though airplane crashes do result in more frequent fatalities and often result in lawsuits involving serious personal injuries as well as wrongful death claims. Nonetheless, there are cases in which pilots or passengers manage to survive air accidents with minimal injuries or none at all. Remember Captain Sullenberger who made a safe emergency landing on the Hudson River?

If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury or wrongful death as a result of an aircraft accident, you should hire a highly competent personal injury attorney as soon as possible to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

What are the Primary Causes of Airplane Accidents?

There are, of course, aviation accidents that can be blamed on terrible weather conditions or terrorism. The majority of aircraft accidents, however, are caused by one of the following:

  • Faulty equipment
  • Negligence of air traffic controllers
  • Negligence of flight service employees
  • Pilot error
  • Structural defects or problems with the aircraft
  • Violations of FAA regulations

It should be noted that the term “general aviation accidents" covers not only small planes and large commercial jets, but charter flights, pleasure crafts, helicopters, and even hang gliders.

Who is in Charge of Aircraft Safety?

There are two federal agencies that regulate air safety and investigate all aviation accidents, in the U.S. — the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). While the FAA sets standards for aircraft manufacture, flight operations and pilot conduct, and enforces penalties where there is fault, the NTSB performs investigations after aircraft accidents and recommends alterations in safety standards to prevent future disasters.

Can You File a Personal Injury Claim for an Airplane Accident?

Yes, after discussing your options with an experienced personal injury attorney, you may decide to pursue a legal claim against the parties believed to be liable. Whether you have a successful case will depend on the cause of the accident. Your attorney will carefully follow the investigation of the crash to determine where responsibility lies. It may rest with the owner and/or operator of the aircraft, the manufacturer of the aircraft or its parts, those who maintain the vehicle, or, even, in some cases, the federal government. In many cases, the judge or jury may determine that there is “comparative fault," meaning, for example, that both the pilot and the manufacturer bear some portion of responsibility.

At Jaroslawicz & Jaros we have represented and obtained compensation for residents of a New York City apartment building that was severely damaged in an airplane crash caused by New York Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle.

Over $2 billion Recovered for Our Clients

In matters of personal injury and wrongful death, our results speak for themselves. The attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have achieved verdicts or settlements of over $1 Million for hundreds of individual clients.

If you or someone you love suffered an injury in an airplane crash then speak to a lawyer at Jaroslawicz & Jaros today. Call our office for a free legal consultation regarding your injury, your rights and your legal options. If we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis so you don’t have to worry about any upfront costs.

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You do not have to go through this alone.

At Jaroslawicz & Jaros, we have over 40 years of experience helping accident victims in New York recover compensation. The clients we represent benefit from the personal attention of our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys.

We Have Recovered Over $2 Billion for Our Clients.

The attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have obtained verdicts and settlements of over $1 Million for hundreds of our individual clients. Since all New York personal injury law firms generally charge the same legal fee why not hire an experienced law firm with a proven track record?

When you retain the New York City accident lawyers at Jaroslawicz & Jaros, you will always work directly with your lawyer, and not with a paralegal or secretary. We will always be available to you! Our hundreds of positive client reviews and testimonials speak for themselves.

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Contact the attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros for a free legal consultation regarding your rights and your legal options. If we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis so that you don’t have to worry about any upfront costs.

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You can reach partner Abraham Jaros directly, either call his cell 917-842-9544, or email him at ajaros@lawjaros.com. Or call Jaroslawicz & Jaros at 212 227 2780 in New York, or toll free 800-269-2780, or submit an online questionnaire.

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Contact us today and start your free consultation. You can also text or call Abraham Jaros directly at 917.842.9544 or email him at ajaros@lawjaros.com.

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