Aircraft Injury Attorneys
San Luis Obispo Aircraft Accident Lawyer/Attorney
Aircraft accidents can have devastating impacts on passengers and their families. For instance, many aircraft accidents result in permanent injuries or deaths that can take a severe physical and emotional toll on victims. If you or a loved one were involved in an aircraft accident, it is important that you contact the top San Luis Obispo Aircraft Accident injury lawyers/attorneys. Steven P Roberts law firm of San Luis Obispo is well versed and experienced in aircraft accidents and will always protect your rights.
Book Your Free Consultation
Fill out the form below and we will respond immediately to help you with your questions.
Aircraft Accident Causes
Aircraft accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, but some of the most common include:
Pilot errors are one of the leading causes of aircraft accidents. A pilot error is a mistake or negligent act committed by a pilot during the operation of an aircraft. The most common types of pilot error include:
- Navigation mistakes;
- Inadequate monitoring;
- Failure to follow safety procedures;
- Miscommunication with air traffic controllers; and
- Incorrect use of landing gear.
Usually, pilot errors are unintentional, but a pilot can also be held liable if he or she was negligent or violated a government safety regulation. Determining whether a pilot breached the standard of care owed to passengers is largely dependent on the type of airplane he or she was flying. Commercial pilots are held to a stricter standard than private pilots because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has imposed a series of regulations and procedures that apply strictly to them. Liability in these types of cases will depend on whether any of the regulations were violated and whether that violation caused an accident. Private pilots are not regulated by federal law, so they are only held to the typical negligence standard which requires them to possess the skills of an average pilot and to use reasonable care. If a pilot’s error caused an accident, an injured passenger can filed a personal injury lawsuit against the pilot, but also against the airline.
Another of the most common causes of aircraft accidents is mechanical error. Manufacturers and distributors of the aircraft and its parts can be held liable for damages if the part or design that caused or contributed to the accident was defective. In a product liability claim, a manufacturer will be held responsible for an injury sustained in an aircraft accident when a product’s manufacturing or design was defective or when warnings and precautions were inadequate.
Reviewing certain records can help determine who was at fault in an aircraft accident. The most common types of evidence include:
- Flight data;
- Crash photos;
- Maintenance and inspection records;
- Flight plans;
- Cockpit recordings;
- Air traffic control records;
- Operation manuals; and
- Manufacturers’ records.
Call Now For Your Free Consultation