Air travel is the safest form of transportation, but when aviation accidents do occur, they are often disastrous and claim numerous lives. They also present complex legal and technical issues that cannot be resolved by most personal injury law firms. It takes a team of lawyers with specific experience and skill in aviation law to provide effective legal counsel.
Spohrer Dodd has a history of success in representing clients in Florida, across the U.S., and internationally who have been seriously injured or have lost loved ones in aviation accidents. Our aviation accident lawyers in Jacksonville include board-certified aviation specialists and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-licensed airplane/helicopter pilots.
We have the training and experience to competently handle private, commercial, and military aviation accident cases. We know what state, federal, and/or international laws may apply and how to help you seek fair compensation. Call our Jacksonville aviation accident lawyers today at (904) 637-7721 for your free consultation.
Types of Aviation Accidents
From small privately-owned planes to massive consumer jets, all of these aircraft are governed by strict regulations and laws, especially when crossing international borders. No matter what type of aircraft you were on — or the nature of your injuries – you will need the help of an experienced and highly-qualified attorney to get the compensation you need.
Our firm handles all types of aviation accidents, including those that involve:
- Commercial airplane crashes
- Private or corporate charter aircraft accidents
- Military aircraft crashes
- International plane accidents
- Intrastate or regional carrier accidents
- Helicopter accidents
Investigating the Cause of Airplane & Helicopter Crashes
Most aviation accidents are caused by one or more of three factors, related to:
- Human error;
- Mechanical defects; or
- Environmental influences.
An exhaustive investigation will reveal the specific cause or causes of an accident, thus shedding light on fault and what party or parties should be held legally accountable for a victim’s injury or loss. Even if an environmental influence is to blame, it could be that an air traffic controller failed to adequately warn a pilot of adverse flying conditions. Mechanical defects may also be traced to poor maintenance or a defective product.
Often involving diverse layers of state, federal, and international law, air crash litigation is an extremely difficult undertaking. Multiple parties conduct investigations and become defendants in legal claims. Typically, the following organizations are involved:
- The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- Commercial airline carriers (like Malaysia Airlines or Air France)
- Aircraft manufacturers (like Boeing)
- Air traffic controllers (or other government air travel officials)
In any scenario, our Jacksonville airplane accident attorneys will be prepared to pursue justice against the liable individual, company, or government entity.
Negligence in Commercial Plane Accidents
Unfortunately, because there are so many people involved in creating and operating commercial airplanes, there are also many places where negligence can occur.
Whether caused by a defective airplane part, a failed maintenance check, or simple human error in the cockpit, plane accidents can be more than just dangerous: They can be deadly to every single person aboard the plane, including the flight crew themselves.
Here are some of the parties that may contribute to a plane accident:
- Pilot: Pilots must go through incredibly rigorous training in order to get a commercial pilot’s license. Because of this experience (and the risks that they face on the job), pilots are held to a much higher standard of care in their work.
- Flight staff: Flight attendants and airline staff are required to receive training in emergency preparedness, and to ensure passenger safety. Failing to do so during a dangerous in-flight situation could make them liable for passenger injuries.
- The airline company: All airline companies have a duty to protect those they serve. If a company fails to properly vet their employees or conduct regular maintain on their planes, they could contribute to a serious and preventable crash.
- Runway crews: Responsible for loading and docking commercial planes, runway crews may also have duties related to maintenance and pre-flight safety checks. If due diligence is not observed, the entire flight may be compromised.
- Air traffic control: Air traffic controllers are responsible for directing all planes within a given region. Many airplane crashes have been caused as a result of miscommunications between the pilot and the air control staff.
- The plane manufacturers: Some planes are unsafe from the moment they leave the factory. Whether the manufacturers added features without testing them or failed to inspect the final product, they can be held accountable.
Seek Justice with Our Aviation Accident Litigation Team
When you’ve been injured or lost a loved one because of an aviation accident, there’s little that can account for the pain you’ve experienced. However, our Jacksonville plane accident lawyers are ready and willing to help you fight for justice. Board-certified in aviation accident law, we have the specialized experience to investigate your case, relying on our network of aviation, mechanical, and engineering experts to discover what happened.
Whether commercial or private, all aircraft should be built and operated within a reasonable standard of safety. No matter how your crash occurred, Spohrer Dodd can get to the bottom of it, relying on our rigorous investigation skills and more than 150 years of combined experience. We also have Federal Aviation Administration or FAA-licensed airplane pilots on staff, as well as a national reputation for winning in high-stakes aviation accident cases.
Put our experience on your side. Call our aviation accident attorneys at (904) 637-7721 for your free case evaluation.