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While commercial aviation accidents are overall fairly rare, private aircraft accidents are more common now than ever. In Alaska, aviation accident rates are some of the highest in the nation and, according to a 2017 report by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), those rates have been steadily increasing in recent years.
In the wake of an aviation accident, whether commercial or otherwise, victims and their families are often unsure of how to proceed. Aviation accidents is a unique area of law, one that requires an in-depth understanding of state and federal law, as well as the claims filing process. At Banker Law Group, P.C., our aviation accident attorney in Anchorage understands this process. Our firm has experience handling these complex claims and can help you take the next steps in securing a just settlement or jury verdict.
Who Is Responsible in an Aviation Accident?
Like all personal injury claims, aviation accident claims are dependent on the issue of liability. In other words, you may bring a claim to recover compensation for your damages (medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income/wages, etc.) if you can prove that another person, company, or entity was responsible for the accident that led to your losses.
Typically, you must show that the other party acted negligently or wrongfully. In order to do this, it is important that you uncover the cause of the incident. The factors involved in the accident typically point to the liable party.
Common Causes of Aviation Accidents
Aviation accidents occur due to a variety of factors, including but not limited to:
- Human error
- Defective or malfunctioning equipment
- Failure to conduct pre-flight inspections
- Mechanical failures
- Electrical malfunctions
- Pilot/cabin crew negligence
- Air traffic control errors
- Poor weather conditions
Determining liability in aviation accidents can be incredibly complex; it's important that you speak to an experienced Anchorage aviation accident attorney who can help you navigate this process. Depending on the circumstances involved in the incident, anyone from the pilot to the ground crew to a major commercial airline may be at fault for the accident.
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While many people tend to associate aviation accidents with major commercial airline crashes and hundreds of fatalities, most aircraft accidents involve small, privately operated planes. While these can—and often do—result in fatalities, victims also often survive, albeit with serious and sometimes catastrophic injuries.
In less disastrous (but no less serious) cases, individuals sustain injuries during taxing, takeoff, landing, or mid-flight even when the aircraft does not go down. In such cases, you may still be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Banker Law Group represents victims of all types of aviation accidents, including those involving commercial jets, private planes, helicopters, and other types of aircraft. We also represent the families and surviving loved ones of those wrongfully killed in aviation crashes.