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Demand for air travel is expected to double over the next 20 years. As air traffic increases, so does the risk that passengers will be injured or involved in a fatal aviation accident. The aviation injury attorneys at Irwin Fraley, PLLC are both attorneys and pilots. As such, they have a unique combination of skills and experience in the aviation industry to help advise victims and their loved ones in the event of an accident anywhere in the United States.
These large-scale tragedies often involve multiple defendants, the National Transportation Safety Board, independent investigators, commercial airline carriers and aircraft manufacturers. Air crash litigation and multiple layers of state, federal and international law make these cases extremely challenging to take on.
Although we may hear more about commercial airline crashes, commuter planes or air taxi aircraft that hold fewer than 30 passengers have higher crash and accident rates than flights on the major carriers. These types of private aircraft are governed by a different set of federal safety regulations than larger planes, although the impact on victims and families can be just as heartbreaking.
In a medical emergency, patients may be transported to a medical facility by an air ambulance, medical helicopter or medical transport plane. What is already a devastating situation can become worse if one of these aircraft experiences a crash or accident. In these cases, not only can patients suffer further injury, or even death, but also medical flight crew members can experience severe injuries or fatalities.
Vacation spots advertise helicopter tours as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see your destination from a unique perspective. Athletes, executives, musicians, government officials and celebrities may opt for a charter helicopter to travel shorter distances. Unfortunately, the risks in a helicopter ride are greater than the possibility that you will crash or have an accident on a commercial airline. Helicopters are more vulnerable to bad weather, have more moving parts than airplanes and are more difficult to handle for novice pilots.
Since 2000, over 40 helicopters have crashed into the Gulf of Mexico while transporting workers to offshore oil rigs. Because these waters are governed by an elaborate set of maritime laws, only firms with attorneys knowledgeable in these types of cases can position victims and their families to have a successful resolution.