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Causes of Aviation Accidents

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The legal team at The Doan Law Firm represents individuals like you who have been injured in aviation accidents. We are a national firm, with offices located across the United States. Our aviation accident hotline is in operation 24 hours a day at (800) 349-0000.

There are a variety of common causes of aviation accidents. Before we look at specific causes of aviation accidents, it’s important for you to understand what exactly constitutes an aviation accident.

The Convention on International Civil Aviation has established a specific definition of what constitutes an aviation accident. According to the international convention, an aviation accident is defined as an occurrence that is associated with the operation of an aircraft. The occurrence must take place after the time a person boards an aircraft, with the specific intention of taking a flight. The period in which an incident is considered an aviation accident continues until the last individual disembarks from an aircraft.

In order for an incident to be considered an aviation accident, a person needs to be fatally or seriously injured, the aircraft needs have sustained damage or structural failure, or the aircraft is deemed missing or is otherwise completely inaccessible.

Most Common Causes of Aviation Accidents

Human error is the most common of the causes of aviation accidents. Over 60 percent of all aviation accidents in the United States are the result of human error. 53 percent of the total number of aviation accidents are due to pilot error. About 8 percent are the result of some sort of mistake caused by an individual who is not a pilot.

Air traffic controllers are part of the smaller group of individuals that are responsible for aviation accidents. Others include ground crew workers. Occasionally, flight attendant is deemed responsible for an aviation accident.

Approximately 20 percent of all aviation accidents are the result of some sort of mechanical failure. This can be the result of a manufacturing defect or faulty repair or maintenance.

Weather can be a cause of aviation accidents. Oftentimes, weather combines with some sort of negligence on the part of a pilot when it comes to the ultimate cause of a particular aviation accident. In fact, in many instances, investigators will determine that an aviation accident had multiple causes.

General Aviation Accident Statistics

In the most recent year a full set of statistics are available from the National Transportation Safety Board, a total of 1,290 aviation accidents occurred. 444 people were killed and hundreds more were injured, sometimes seriously so.

Compensation in an Aviation Accident Case

The aviation accident legal team at The Doan Law Firm stands ready to fight to ensure that you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled in your aviation accident case.

Examples of the types of losses, damages, and injuries for which we seek compensation for our aviation accident clients include:

  • pain and suffering
  • mental anguish and emotional distress
  • medical bills and expenses
  • permanent disability
  • permanent disfigurement
  • property damage and loss
  • lost wages or salary

Aviation Accident Attorney Fees

The Doan Law Firm makes a firm promise to you when it comes to aviation accident attorney fees. Our firm will never charge you an attorney fee unless we obtain a favorable settlement or judgment for you in your case. We mutually enter into an agreement for a reasonable fee at the time you hire our firm.

Retain an Aviation Accident Lawyer from The Doan Law Firm

The Doan Law Firm has an experienced legal team that includes skilled, tenacious aviation accident lawyers. Our aviation lawyer legal team stands ready to meet with you immediately to discuss your case.

The Doan Law Firm aviation lawyer team maintains an accident hotline at (800) 349-0000. Our aviation accident hotline is staffed around the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We can schedule an initial consultation with you at your convenience. As a nationwide law firm, we maintain offices across the United States where an experienced aviation accident lawyer can meet with you. We can also schedule a meeting at your home or even at the hospital, depending on your current circumstances. We have the capability to set up a virtual consultation online as well.

During an initial consultation, we will provide you an overview of your case. This includes a discussion of how our team will go about identifying the cause of causes of your accident. We will make sure you get all answers to your questions. Keep in mind that our firm never charges a fee for an initial consultation with an aviation accident lawyer.

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