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Aviation Accident Law: Know Your Rights

Aviation accidents include both accidents involving fixed-wing aircraft (like airplanes) and rotary-wing aircraft (like helicopters). Although aviation accidents have decreased sharply in recent years, airplane and helicopter accidents continue to carry some of the highest rates of death and serious injury of any transportation accidents.

In 2015, more than 1,200 civil aviation accidents occurred in the United States. Several of these were fatal, and many caused serious injuries as well.

The New York aviation accident lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP understand the devastation brought by these incidents and are dedicated to protecting survivors and the loved ones of the deceased. If you have been harmed in some manner by a plane or helicopter crash, call us today at (212) 986-7353 for a free consultation. We can provide the insight you need to protect your rights as a passenger.

What Are Common Causes of Aviation Accidents?

Accidents in airplanes and helicopters have a number of causes. Aircraft are complex machines requiring training and experience to operate safely. Consequently, the two most common causes of aviation accidents are pilot error and mechanical failure.

Pilot Error

Pilot error can occur in a number of ways. Pilots that are fatigued or distracted can easily make a mistake that causes an accident. Other common causes of pilot error include turbulence or failure to take proper precautions during takeoff, flight, or landing.

The category "pilot error" is a broad one, covering both mistakes made by the pilot alone and mistakes that occur due to problems in communication or misunderstandings along the chain of information on which a pilot relies. For instance, a pilot may misjudge a landing site based on inaccurate information provided by an air traffic controller or because poor weather prevents the pilot or the plane’s instruments from accurately judging elevation, distance, or airspeed. Similarly, instruments that are maintained, repaired, or calibrated incorrectly may give false readings, leading the pilot to believe that conditions outside the plane are different than they actually are.

Mechanical Failure

After pilot error, the most common cause of airplane accidents in the United States is mechanical failure. Mechanical failure may be the result of a manufacturing or design defect that poses a hidden danger in some part or equipment in the plane.

It may be caused by improper or faulty maintenance or repairs. The failure may also be caused by inclement weather or other obstacles, such as ice on parts of the plane that cause it to operate incorrectly.

airplane Whether you were injured on the ground or in the air, you have rights and may be entitled to compensation. Call (212) 986-7353 to speak with a lawyer.

Are Airplane Ground Accidents Dangerous?

Although most people picture "aviation accidents" as accidents that take place in the air, an accident can also occur while an aircraft is on the ground. Accidents that occur during takeoff or landing are among the most commonly-occurring types of aviation accidents, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). A plane may run off the runway, causing a crash. It may also run into another aircraft, person, vehicle, or object on the ground, causing an accident. In rare cases, a runway accident occurs when a pilot fails to hear or misunderstands directions from air traffic controllers or ground crew. This can lead to traveling the wrong way on a runway or using the wrong runway, causing a collision.

While helicopters do not use runways the way fixed-wing aircraft do, accidents during helicopter takeoffs and landings also occur and can be fatal. Piloting a helicopter requires intense concentration, and helicopters must also be built and maintained correctly in order to avoid accidents.

Protecting the Rights of Aviation Accident Victims in NY

Whether you have survived an aviation crash with serious injuries or lost a loved one in an accident, you deserve the aid of a skilled lawyer who will help you recover to the best of your abilities. With the New York personal injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, you can find both justice and compensation so that you can afford expensive but needed medical procedures and recuperate from your financial losses in order to move forward with life when ready. Do not wait, call us for a no-cost consultation at (212) 986-7353.

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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact the New York personal injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today for a FREE, no obligation consultation today:

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