Comprehensive Legal Help from Savannah Plane Crash Lawyers
Advocating for catastrophic injury victims hurt on a plane or helicopter
Planes and helicopter crashes usually kill multiple people. Survivors suffer broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, burns, and other injuries that require around-the-clock care or leave the survivor permanently disabled or in severe agony. Plane crashes can involve commercial airlines, private planes, military aircraft, or helicopters. Commercial air crashes often involve airplanes that are owned by foreign entities.
Plane crashes are complex for several reasons. There are usually multiple plaintiffs from different jurisdictions. Both foreign and local laws can apply. Some of the laws that we address are the Warsaw, Hague, and Montreal Conventions, and the Death on the High Seas Act. Flying a plane requires special skills, and pilots need a special license. Navigation rules are much different than on-ground traffic rules.
At Harris Lowry Manton LLP, our Savannah plane crash lawyers understand these complexities. We work with aviation experts and the Federal Aviation Administration to prove fault and determine which parties are responsible. We file class action lawsuits when appropriate.
Why plane accidents happen
Pilot error is a leading cause of plane crashes. Pilots who are sleepy, unfocused, or fail to follow proper procedures can be held liable for their negligence along with the companies that hire and train them. Some of the other causes our Savannah aviation injury lawyers review are:
- Defects in the design of the plane
- Defects in the workmanship of the plane
- Failure to conduct preflight safety checks thoroughly
- Improper repairs
- Bad weather, such as icy windshields
- Mistakes by the traffic control team
- Instrument failures
- Faulty landings and landing gear
- Mistakes in fueling
In addition to suing the pilot and the owners of the planes, we bring cases against manufacturers, parts makers, maintenance crews, and other entities that were responsible for making or flying the plane.
Helicopter accidents also usually result in death or serious injuries. People use helicopters for tourism, for quick travel, weather reporting, emergency healthcare, and other reasons. Flying a helicopter is different than flying a plane. For starters, helicopters are designed to move up and down in addition to forward. Pilots often overestimate what a helicopter can do.
Outstanding issues with planes and helicopters
Plane crashes are handled differently from car crashes or other mass transit accidents in several respects. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are involved in inspecting the post-crash state of the airplanes, the search and review of black boxes, and conversations with witnesses. Our Savannah plane injury lawyers understand how to coordinate these federal investigations with the private investigations required to obtain trial verdicts and insurance settlements. Our lawyers also understand that aviation insurance policies are different than standard vehicle policies. If the aircraft involved is a military transport, HLM understands how to navigate this additional level of complexity.
Get help from experienced Savannah, Georgia plane crash attorneys now
Our Savannah plane and accident lawyers understand how crushing the death of a loved one is. We compassionately guide families through the litigation process so they understand which family members are entitled to benefits and what compensation they are allowed. We analyze the long-term needs of survivors and explain to juries and insurance adjustors just how devastating living with their injuries is. If you were injured in a Georgia plane crash or a loved one was killed, please call HLM at 912-651-9967 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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Savannah, GA 31401