Looking for an experienced aviation lawyer?
Travel by air is the safest mode of transportation. However, when a plane crashes it usually results in serious injury and death. This highly specialized area of the law is known as aviation liability and encompasses private, commercial and military aircraft. Aviation accidents are generally caused by one of three factors: man, machine or environment. When man is at fault, liability may be attributed to the crew, aircraft owner or flight operator. When a machine fails, the aircraft or aircraft component design and manufacturing company may be liable. When weather is a cause, the fault may lie with the Air Traffic Control for not updating pilots on changing conditions or for issuing unsafe flight directions.
Practice in aviation liability requires an aviation attorney with in-depth knowledge of and experience with the many facets of aviation. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the regulatory body that oversees all aircraft and flight operations. Federal Air Regulations, known as FARs, govern pilot licensing, aircraft certification and flight operations across the country. There are differing regulations for general aviation, airlines and other commercial flight operators. Additionally, each state has a set of laws that govern claims filing and victim compensation. To add to the complexity of these situations, in any one airplane or helicopter crash there may be multiple and competing state laws which apply.
History of Success in Aviation Liability
Aviation liability has long been a key area of focus and success at Spohrer Dodd. Our experience in representing passengers, pilots and crew members spans several decades. It includes private, military and commercial aircraft accidents. Our dedication, focus, training and expertise have produced very successful outcomes in this specialized practice area and provided our firm a national reputation that has attracted cases from around the globe. We are often called by other attorneys around the country to co-counsel on challenging and complex aviation cases.
Several of our Jacksonville-based partners are FAA-licensed airplane or helicopter pilots and are certified by The Florida Bar as Aviation Specialists. As experienced aviation accident attorneys and advocates for aviation safety, our team has the expertise and resources to investigate and discover the cause of any aviation accident. We are always prepared to aggressively represent those impacted by an aircraft accident anywhere in the world, no matter the nature of the accident or the type of aircraft involved. Our team includes a staff pilot and aviation expert who has more than 10,000 hours of multi-engine flight experience and holds an aircraft and powerplant maintenance certificate.
In addition to consulting on cases and investigating accidents, Jim Ussery also pilots the firm’s plane to wherever the case may take us, across Florida and around the country. On behalf of each aviation accident client, we also utilize our network of specialized aviation, medical and accident experts, as relevant to the unique circumstances of each case.
Additional information on aircraft accidents and aviation law:
- U.S. Department of Transportation, Aviation Consumer Protection Division
- Federal Aviation Administration