Are there certain government agencies that investigate aviation accidents?
Yes, there are two Federal agencies that investigate all aviation accidents in the United States: the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The FAA sets safety standards for aviation, including standards for flight operations, pilot conduct, and aircraft manufacturers, and enforces them. It has the ability to impose both civil and criminal penalties for violations.
The NTSB investigates the accidents and recommends safety standards.
Why are aviation accident lawsuits so complex?
Aviation accidents can involve a large number of victims. Victims can be passengers, crew, and even people on the ground. There can also be multiple responsible parties. Determining who those responsible parties are involves in-depth investigation and review of all of the evidence and facts to determine the true cause of the accident.
State, federal, and even international laws may apply to your case. Different regulations may apply depending on whether the aircraft was a private craft or a common carrier.
Why do planes crash?
A plane crash can be caused by many things including problems with the plane itself or with the way it is operated. Some common causes of aviation accidents include:
- Pilot error
- Structural problems with the plane
- Faulty equipment, such as landing gear
- Poor maintenance
- FAA regulations violations
- Flight station employee error
- Air traffic controller error
Who can be held responsible for aviation accidents?
In an aviation accident there can be multiple responsible parties including:
- Aircraft owner
- Aircraft manufacturer
- Maintenance crew
- Federal government
What kind of compensation am I entitled to?
If you have been injured or lost a loved on in an aviation accident, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress