Whether taking a commercial flight to a faraway destination, sightseeing in a helicopter, or flying a small plane for recreation, most people have been on some form of aircraft. While widely believed to be a safer method of travel than cars, accidents involving planes can – and do – happen. Victims of aviation accidents, including plane accidents and helicopter accidents, may have legal options for pursuing compensation for their losses.
Aviation accidents may be caused by:
- Mechanical failure
- Defective parts
- Design flaws
- Pilot error
- Air traffic controller error
- Onboard fire
- Lack of fuel
Establishing Negligence in Aviation Accidents
In order for a personal injury claim to be successful, the victim and his or her legal representative must be able to prove that the accident was caused by someone else’s careless behavior.
Negligence claims hinge on the following four elements:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty of care
Proving these four elements often requires the assistance of an experienced attorney who can investigate your accident, determine who can be held responsible, and maximize the value of the case. If you have been injured in an airplane or helicopter accident, we encourage you to contact Presley & Presley, LLC to request a free consultation with a Kansas City personal injury attorney. Our experienced firm has a national reach and accepts cases from anywhere in the U.S.