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Plane Crash Attorneys

Unlike other types of accidents, plane or helicopter crashes often expose victims to highly tragic scenarios such as loss of life, permanent injury and damage to personal property. Also, this type of accident is often investigated by government agencies, meaning that survivors or their families may have to deal with a long battle of legal and medical processes.

However, victims of plane crashes or their survivors can often find reassurance by contacting an aviation accident attorney knowledgeable in aviation law. Having an accident lawyer there to manage the tedious, confusing legal and medical processes can keep the victims and their families focused on what’s most important: healing.

If you have been involved in a minor or a major aviation accident, contact Rue & Ziffra at 800-526-4711 for your free consultation and to find out what benefits you may be entitled to.

What Damages are Recoverable in a Plane Crash?

The typical categories of recoverable damages in a personal injury claim arising from a plane crash aviation accident include:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Lost wages and, lost earning capacity
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Emotional distress;
  • Loss of consortium/association (usually available to married couples only); and
  • Punitive damages.
  • Each jurisdiction will differ as to what damages may be recovered, and what proof is required for each category. Many states also impose “caps” on certain categories of damages, thereby limiting a potential recovery. An experienced aviation attorney can help you choose the best jurisdiction and present your damages properly, to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries.

Find out more about the damages and liabilities regarding Plane Crashes here.

 7 Most Common Injuries in a Plane Crash

Severe injuries caused by plane crashes and helicopter crashes can have a devastating impact on the quality of life for victims and their families. 

An attorney may be able to help you recover compensation to help ensure the best in treatment and care. 

Click here to learn about the 7 most common Injuries in a Plane Crash.

 35 Causes of Plane Crashes

Some of the more frequent reasons aviation accidents happen are due to human error and mechanical failure. The FAA is the governing body that regulates the actions of pilots, monitors flight operations, and manufacturing of aircraft. The guidelines set by the FAA are only the minimum of safety standards that are imposed in the airline industry. Unfortunately, sometimes even these minimal standards are not adequately met.

Plane crashes are more likely to be a result of an accumulation of minor malfunctions and extenuating circumstances. Characteristics of a typical crash include:

  • Poor weather (causing a little more stress than usual)
  • Planes are behind schedule (causing pilots to be rushed)
  • The pilot has been awake for over 12 hours (meaning the pilot is tired)
  • In 44% of crashes the two pilots have never flown together before (communication difficulties)

Crashes are usually not a result of problems in knowledge or flying skills. The kinds of errors that do lead to crashes are almost invariably errors of teamwork and communication.  Learn about the other causes for Plane Crashes and Aviation Accidents here.

Plane Crash Statistics                                

The odds that any single person will be involved in a plane crash are about one-in-twenty thousand. However, more than fifteen thousand Americans will be involved in at least some type of aviation accident during their lifetime. If you have been involved in a plane accident, notify a personal injury lawyer or place crash attorney.

Approximately 80 percent of all plane crashes occur shortly before, after, or during takeoff or landing. While mid-flight disasters happen, they are rare.

An accident survey of 1,843 aircraft accidents (excluding military, private and charter aircraft) from 1950 through 2006 determined the causes were:

53%: Pilot error
21%: Mechanical failure
11%: Weather

8%: Other human error (air traffic controller error, improper loading of aircraft, improper maintenance, fuel contamination, language miscommunication etc.)

6%: Sabotage (bombs, hijackings, shoot-downs)
1%: Other causes

Learn about other Plane Crash Statistics here.

National Transportation Safety Board                 

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent organization that investigates aviation, highway, marine, railroads, and pipeline accidents that take place in the United States. Specifically, every civil aviation accident that occurs in the U.S. must be closely examined by the NTSB.

Plane Crashes (depending on their impact) are often investigated by several government agencies, such as the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.  

Learn More about the National Transportation Safety Board and other Government Aviation Agencies.

Orlando, Volusia County and Flagler Plane Crash and Aviation Accident Attorneys for over 40 Years

While we provide several helpful resources on this page about aviation accidents, there is no substitute for a personal meeting with our attorneys. We offer over 100 years of combined experience, so you will be assured that your plane crash accident claim will be handled by a law firm that has actually worked on cases like yours. We also want you to know that we recognize the unique features of your particular case. As your local attorneys, we dedicate ourselves to customer service. Your needs are top priority with us. So much so, that we make ourselves available 24/7 to serve you.

For over 40 Years, The Law Offices of Rue & Ziffra and Attorneys have provided legal advice and results for those who have been affected by a Plane Crash or Aviation Accident in Bunnell, Daytona Beach, DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, Edgewater, Flagler Beach, New Smyrna, Orlando, Ormond Beach, Palm Coast, Port Orange and Sanford.