Although plane travel has become significantly safer over the years, there are still an alarming number of annual plane crashes — and passenger fatalities. In fact, in 2018 alone, the Aviation Safety Network reported more than 500 deaths as a result of plane accidents, representing an increase in the total number of fatal plane accidents.
Whether commercial or private, all airplanes should be built and operated within a reasonable standard of safety. No matter how your crash occurred, our nationwide plane accident lawyers at 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.
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Types of Plane Accidents
Most people did not frequently encounter planes through the mid-20th century, but today, there are hundreds of different aircraft models available for commercial and private travel. From small privately-owned planes to massive consumer jets travelling the world, all of these vehicles 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.
Here are some of the airplane accident types our team can handle:
- Commercial airplane crashes
- Private or corporate charter aircraft accidents
- Military aircraft crashes
- International plane accidents
- Intrastate or regional carrier accidents
- Helicopter accidents
Understanding Negligence in Commercial Plane Accidents
Commercial airplane travel has become one of the most common and secure modes of transportation around the world. While flying carries unique risks, many of the men and women who design and operate planes know exactly how to account for these risks, and keep passenger safety at the top of their minds.
Unfortunately, because there are so many people involved in creating and operating these vehicles, 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, and must be vigilant against negligence.
- Flight staff: Flight attendants and airline staff members 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: Major airline companies process millions of customers each year, and they have a duty of care to protect these clients from harm. If the company failed to properly vet their employees, or if they did not regularly maintain their planes, they could contribute to a serious 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: The often-unseen actors of a commercial flight, air traffic controllers are responsible for directing all planes within a given region. Many 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 Plane Accident Litigation Team
When you’ve been injured or lost a loved one because of an airplane accident, there’s little that can account for the pain you’ve experienced. However, our dedicated Jacksonville plane accident lawyers are ready and willing to help you fight for justice. Board-Certified in the field of 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.
Call Spohrer Dodd at (904) 637-7721 today to get started with a free consultation!