While uncommon, aviation accidents can be deadly. Whether it occurs in a large commercial plane or a small, two-person prop plane, the chances of catastrophic injuries or fatalities are high in an aviation accident. Here are the top causes of aviation accidents and who can help if you or a family member are injured in a plane crash.
Weather causes a small percentage of all plane crashes. While pilots and airlines ground flights during periods of inclement weather, such as in thunderstorms or snowstorms, unexpected weather problems can cause a plan to crash.
A small percentage of planes crash due to sabotage or terrorist actions. The most notable incident was when multiple planes were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
3. Mechanical Problems
Mechanical problems account for nearly a quarter of all aviation accidents. They are due to a wide variety of issues, including but not limited to:
- Defects in the actual design of the plane
- Manufacturing defects in the various parts of the plane
- Mechanical service problems, such as a plane not being serviced properly or at all
4. Pilot Errors
Pilot error accounts for half of all aviation accidents and is the leading cause of plane crashes across the nation. These errors can include but are not limited to:
- Inability to navigate through inclement weather conditions
- Misreading equipment or failure to adequately respond to mechanical issues
- Pilot incapacitation
5. Other Errors
Other human errors may be responsible for an aviation accident. These include accidents that occur when an air traffic controller fails to properly instruct pilots on where to fly.
Aviation accidents may not happen as frequently as car accidents. However, when they do occur, the damages are likely to be serious. In some aviation accident claims, the victim’s survivors are suing for wrongful death because their loved one was killed in the accident.
When to Contact an Attorney
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a plane crash, you may be eligible for financial compensation for the damages you suffered. If your loved one passed away, an aviation accident claim can help you obtain justice for your loved one’s untimely death. Contact Sarkisian personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation to discuss your case by calling (219) 942-7171 or (219) 477-3998.