Aviation Accident Lawyers
What Is an Aviation Accident?
Most people think an aviation accident means that a plane crashed, but the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) defines an aviation accident as any occurrence between the time a person boards an aircraft until a person leaves that aircraft that causes serious injury or death. This occurrence can take place when a person is on the aircraft, by direct contact with the aircraft, or exposure to some part of the aircraft.
An aviation accident can also occur when some component of the aircraft fails, such as an engine malfunction, which causes the aircraft to burst into flames. But in all cases, aviation accidents lead to some type of injury or fatality, which often results in legal action against an airline, an airplane manufacturer or even a flight school.
Types of Aviation Accidents
Although there are some large-scale airline accidents that capture the attention of the media and the public, the truth is that most aviation accidents occur in small planes that do not draw significant publicity.
The types of aviation accidents are varied, and even when a plane is not in the air, it can still suffer extensive damage when something goes wrong. The most common types of aviation accidents, include:
- Ground Accidents – occur between two planes on a tarmac or some other landing site. This can also include a plane hitting a terminal, a plane hitting a vehicle at an airport, or a grounded plane’s engine catching fire.
- Landing Accidents – occur when a plane is coming in for a landing and something goes wrong and causes the plane to crash.
- Mid-Air Accidents – occur when a single plane experiences some type of failure and plummets to the ground.
- Mid-Air Collision Accidents – occur when two or more planes collide while in the air. This is most common when one plane is taking off and another plane is landing.
- Take-off Accidents – occur when a plane either takes off and experiences an immediate system or component failure that causes it to crash back to the ground, or a situation in which a plane is unable to take-off as it speeds on the tarmac, due to a mechanical or system failure that results in an
Causes of Aviation Accidents
According to the latest statistics, pilot error is the most common cause of an aviation accident, followed closely by mechanical failure. In some instances, a mechanical failure will cause a pilot to make an error, which can contribute to the accident.
Pilot error can be as benign as a mistake in judgment, or as egregious as a pilot who was intoxicated during the flight, which directly led to an error that caused an accident.
Other causes of aviation accidents include:
- Weather – inclement weather such as thunderstorm, high winds, or snow can play havoc with an aircraft and compromise a pilot’s ability to guide a plane in a safe manner.
- Systems Failure
- Lack of Fuel – accidents occur when airplanes run out of fuel in mid-flight.
- Air Traffic Control Error – mistakes by air traffic controllers can lead to mid-air collisions and take-off accidents.
Finding an Advocate For Your Aviation Accident
Aviation accidents often result in serious, life-changing injuries or death. If you have been injured in this type of accident, or a loved one has died as a result of an aviation accident, you need an aviation accident lawyer to become your advocate.
Please call the team at David K. Wilson & Associates at 903-870-9050 for a free legal consultation.