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Aviation Accidents in the State of California: Common Causes and Types

Thousands of Californians use airline travel each year. For many travelers, the thought of an airline accident is terrifying. The development of airline technology, however, has considerably decreased aviation accidents. New and improving technology has made air travel to be one of the safest methods of transportation. Nonetheless, it is important to recognize that while airline accidents have decreased, these types of accidents will typically have serious consequences such as devastating injuries or death.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of an aviation accident, there may be an opportunity to seek compensation for the injuries sustained. Those who seek to file a claim for their injuries should have an understanding of aviation law both at the state and federal level. Consider seeking the advice and support of a qualified attorney who has experience in aviation accidents in the State of California. A knowledgeable attorney will have an understanding of the applicable rules and regulations regarding airline accidents.

Aviation Accidents: Common Causes

Aviation accident law will cover general aviation accidents as well as major air carriers. General aviation will typically include the following non-commercial aircraft:

  • Large corporate jets,
  • Small airplanes,
  • Charter flights,
  • Helicopters,
  • Pleasure aircraft, and
  • Hang gliders.

Accidents involving any type of aircraft can have life-changing consequences. An accident could be the result of any of the following:

Aircraft Pilot Error

A pilot is primarily responsible for the safe transportation of his or her passengers. As previously mentioned, airline travel is one of the safest methods of transportation but it is still susceptible to human error. An error committed by a pilot could have catastrophic consequences for all those on board the aircraft. Some of the most common errors committed by a pilot may involve the following:

  • Incorrectly using airplane equipment,
  • Committing navigational errors,
  • Lack or insufficient communication with air traffic control,
  • Failure to monitor the speed or altitude of the aircraft,
  • Failure to properly manage fuel level, or
  • Failure to follow proper protocol and safety requirements.

While many errors can be committed without intention, a professional pilot can nonetheless be held liable for his or her actions if negligence was present.

Air Traffic Control Carelessness

Air traffic control is responsible for monitoring the flow of air traffic around an airport. Some of the most common air traffic control errors can happen due to the following:

  • Misinterpreting airline radar,
  • Working under the influence of an impairing substance, or
  • Working while fatigued.

Defective Airline Equipment

A single piece of defective airline equipment can be sufficient to cause an airline accident. Defective equipment can be the result of maintenance, product design, and the products manufacturing.

The Bottom Line

Airline accidents, while infrequent, can have catastrophic consequences. If you have been injured as a result of an aviation accident, seek the legal counsel of an attorney that has experience in dealing with airline accident claims. As an injured victim, you could obtain financial restitution for your grievances.

The attorneys at Martinez & Schill LLP are dedicated to helping injured victims obtain financial compensation for injuries sustained as a result of negligence. They are highly experienced in dealing with airplane and aviation accident claims in the State of California. Aviation accident claims are time sensitive; seek the support of a proficient legal team to guide you.

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