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Because of technological advances and safety innovations, traveling by air is safer than traveling on the roads. But as safe air travel has become over the years, accidents do happen, especially those involving smaller aircraft and helicopters. Such accidents cause serious injuries and often deaths, and any victims need help from an accident and injury law firm that handles this type of complex aviation matter

Pilot Error: A Leading Cause of Plane Crashes

There is a higher number of crashes due to pilot error in private planes than those in the commercial sector. This is because pilots for private planes can be held to lower safety standards than commercial airline pilots. However, in either case, a pilot error can be a factor that leads to aviation accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

Common Forms of Pilot Error

  • Failing to conduct necessary safety checks and procedures
  • Miscommunicating with air traffic control
  • Failing to safely manage fuel
  • Failing to accurately monitor speed, altitude, velocity, location, and other critical parameters
  • Inaccurately evaluating weather conditions
  • Navigation errors
  • Inaccurately using flight equipment

Inexperience, lack of appropriate training, and other issues can all contribute to pilot error in the cockpit. Commercial pilots should be fully trained, educated, and current on all standards. 

If pilots don’t have the experience, training, or credentials to safely fly, they shouldn’t be in the cockpit, and they certainly shouldn’t be flying passengers. Aviation corporations have a duty to ensure all of their pilots are properly trained and experienced on all necessary safety procedures and flight plans.

Negligence in The Cockpit

Unfortunately, negligence in the cockpit does occasionally happen, and when it does, lives are put at great risk of injury or death. Passengers are counting on their pilots to maintain the highest level of professionalism, safety, and integrity in the cockpit. If standards aren’t held high, and negligent behavior happens in the cockpit, it’s a recipe for disaster. After any type of plane crash, it’s critical to determine if negligence by a pilot was a factor.

In most cases, commercial airline companies can be held accountable for a pilot’s errors. Each case is different, but the employers of these pilots can be held accountable for damages associated with crashes caused by pilot error. No two cases are exactly alike, so it’s a good idea to speak with your attorney about liability and accountability for damages associated with your crash, especially if a pilot error was involved.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit After an Aviation Accident

It’s an unfortunate fact that the majority of plane crashes end in death for passengers aboard. In cases involving aviation accidents and the death of a loved one, it’s possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Funeral expenses, a loss of future income, a loss of companionship, and pain and suffering can all be taken into account when you’re considering the financial and monetary damages associated with a wrongful death case. 

Speak with a Spring, TX Aviation Accident Lawyer

If you’ve lost a loved one in an aviation accident or you suffered injuries, consult with an attorney at Holladay Law Firm right away. We can determine the best course of action, so please contact our office for free today. 

 

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