Each year, hundreds of people are killed and thousands more are injured in aviation accidents. Victims of these accidents face a number of difficult tasks — one of them is navigating their way through the legal issues involved with receiving compensation for their injuries. Hiring an aviation accident attorney may be useful in providing essential help for victims and their families during these trying times.
Liability – Who is at fault?
Liability is largely dependent on the cause of the accident. For example, if the accident was caused by traffic control, the federal government could be liable, as they are responsible for air traffic control. The following entities may be liable for aviation accidents:
If the pilot’s negligence caused the accident, he/she may be liable. The same is true for the pilot’s employer.
The Owner of the Aircraft
Even if the owner was not piloting the plane at the time of the accident, they can be sued for “vicarious liability.” The owner may be liable for negligence in hiring and ill-trained pilot or for supplying a defective airplane.
Manufacturer of the Plane
If the crash occurred because of an equipment defect, the manufacturer of the plane may be to blame. This would fall into the category of “product liability” or “strict liability.”
The federal government, through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for Air Traffic Control. If an aviation accident is caused by an air traffic control error, the liability may lie with the FAA.
Know Your Rights?
The advice of a good lawyer can help you determine your best possible options when recovering from an aviation accident and making sure your rights and best interests are protected. The aviation accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Garcia and Ochoa can help answer all of those questions. We recognize that everyone is an individual and that not every case is the same. We start by listening and for 28 years, our firm has been helping people across the country obtain the justice and compensation they deserve.