Aviation Accident Lawyer Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Vehicle Accident Attorney
Though infrequent, airplane accidents are bound to happen due to the number of commercial and personal aircraft flown every day. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), air travel is expected to double over the next 20 years. As air traffic increases, so does the risk that passengers will be involved in an aviation accident.
Generally, air traffic is considered to be a safe means of transportation, but when accidents do occur they often result in fatalities. Smaller, less serious accidents involving private aircraft are more frequent than people may realize, because many of these incidents go unreported in the media.
When an airplane accident does occur, the first priority is to investigate the cause of the accident. Some common causes of airplane accidents include:
- Pilot error
- Inclement weather
- Engine failure
- Mid-air collisions
- Negligent maintenance
- Instrument failure
- Faulty equipment
- FAA regulations violations
- Structural or design problems
- Air traffic controller error
- Negligence of flight service station employees
- Negligence in a third party’s selection of a carrier
- Improper loading of cargo
- Defective onboard equipment
- Fuel tank explosions
Unlike other types of vehicle accidents, airplane accidents are governed by unique negligence laws. These laws include state, federal, and often international laws. The Federal Aviation Administration governs the manufacture and maintenance of aircraft. However, aircraft safety may be also governed by general state or federal negligence law.
Because aviation law is so complex, it’s crucial that you contact an attorney experienced in airplane accident law to help assess your claim.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving an aircraft, we understand your need to focus on recovery or mourning your loss.
While you do this, let the experienced professionals at Murphy & Pressentin focus on your case. We understand the regulations, laws and unique characteristics of aircraft accidents and know how to get the right documentation for your case which is critical to getting you a settlement
Contact Murphy & Pressentin to discuss your case and to schedule an initial consultation.