Aviation Accident Investigation Theories
Catastrophic Injury Attorneys Serving San Francisco
After an aviation accident, government investigators typically look into
the cause of a crash by sending key parts, such as engines and instruments,
back to the manufacturers to inspect them for possible defects. In theory,
these parts should be under the control and surveillance of government
investigators while on the manufacturer’s premises, but handing
evidence back to the manufacturer without supervision is no way to ensure
that an honest and impartial investigation will be performed. In many
ways, it is like putting thieves in charge of the loot.
Retaining experienced counsel is critical to the success of an individual’s
claim after an aviation accident. A lawyer can ensure that evidence is
preserved and that the investigation is properly reevaluated by manufacturers
and government agencies. In doing so, they can help uncover who is liable
for the accident and hold them accountable.
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25 years of experience investigating even the most challenging personal injury cases.
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Determining Liability in Aviation Accidents
Your lawyer will take all of the following factors into consideration when
determining the possible cause of the accident:
Pilot error: The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that 83% of all general
aviation accidents are caused by pilot error. Thus, any accidents resulting
in loss of property or injuries to passengers or bystanders can be attributed
to the fault of the pilot, their employer, or their estate. Accidents
caused by pilot negligence can be the result of poor flight planning,
inadequate experience, operating the aircraft while intoxicated, flying
into unsafe weather conditions, and other errors.
Manufacturing errors: Any error on the part of the aircraft or component manufacturer may bring
the case under product liability law, which defines a manufacturer’s
responsibility towards consumers who are harmed by faulty and dangerous
products. Manufacturers can be found negligent in designing or assembling
faulty products when they use substandard materials, fail to properly
test or analyze their products, or fail to provide adequate maintenance
or usage instructions. If found to be at fault, an aircraft parts manufacturer,
or other entity involved in placing the defective aircraft or parts into
the stream of commerce, can be charged with strict liability, breach of
warranty, and common law negligence.
Inadequate maintenance: An experienced lawyer must also consider the role of the entity in charge
of the aircraft’s maintenance. Inspection and repair of the aircraft,
its engines, propellers and jets must be completed regularly. People or
firms in charge of these inspections must be certified and licensed by
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Failure to comply with these
requirements could be termed negligence.
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An experienced lawyer from Scarlett Law Group will consider these and other
theories in determining how best to represent their clients after an aviation
accident. Aviation law is notoriously complicated, so place your trust
in the hands of the seasoned professionals at our firm. If you have suffered
a catastrophic injury or the loss of a loved one in an aviation accident,
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