Those of us who have made a home in Alaska know that sometimes the only way to get where you need to go is by air. Many of us routinely use private planes or small airlines to travel the state. Most of the time, we arrive where we are going safe and sound. As an extra benefit, we get to view the natural beauty of our environment from above when flying in small airplanes.
Unfortunately, there are occasions in which a small plane crashes, leading to significant personal injury or even death. When an aviation accident occurs, who is legally liable for a passenger’s injuries or death? The answer to this question is not as simple as it may seem. Three of the most common reasons a small plane crashes include:
- Structural or design problems with the airplane
- The pilot makes errors when flying or violates federal aviation regulations
- Some of the craft’s equipment is faulty
Most victims in a crash automatically assume one of the three crash causes above is responsible. As such, they may attempt to pursue compensation by targeting:
- The aircraft manufacturer
- The owner of the craft
- The pilot
- The company that manufactured the faulty equipment
Our personal injury attorneys suggest that you continue investigating the cause of the aviation accident to ensure that you target all the responsible parties. For example, if an air traffic controller acted negligently during your flight, it could also be a factor in the crash. Uncovering acts of negligence by all involved parties may increase the amount of compensation you deserve.
Experienced legal assistance can ensure that you have uncovered all responsible parties, thereby helping you win the maximum amount of compensation. You can find additional guidance by browsing more of our blog and our website.