Whether it involves a jet liner or a small aircraft, a plane crash can be a terrifying and scarring experience. Though flying is generally considered to be one of the safest possible ways to travel, plane crashes can and do happen, to the tune of 13 fatalities per million air trips.
Plane Accident Statistics
According to Boeing’s Statistical Summary of Commercial Jet Airplane Accidents, 57 percent of plane crashes occur during the “cruise” phase of a flight. Causes for plane crashes can include operator error, adverse weather conditions, defective equipment, and a number of external causes such as sabotage. Errors on the part of air traffic controllers or flight instructors can also impact the safety of air flight and lead to plane crashes.
While some survive plane crashes, the sheer impact of a falling object makes the likelihood of survival slim. The news media is peppered with accounts of small plane crashes that kill all on board. Since flight is such a complex mechanical operation, the investigation of these accidents can be extremely time-consuming and involve aviation experts and local, state, national, and even international law.
Serious Injuries from Aviation Accidents
In addition to plane crashes, aviation accidents are increasingly common. Plane injuries can include head trauma due to falling objects, injuries sustained during crash landings, or foot and leg injuries due to out-of-control food and beverage carts on board. These accidents may be caused by user error, negligence on the part of the airline, or faulty design and require investigation to determine negligence and compensation possibilities.
If your loved one was killed in a plane crash, you could have a wrongful death lawsuit and be able to collect compensation for your relative’s loss of life. Likewise, if you sustain injury while flying on a commercial or private jet, you could potentially recover costs associated with medical treatment, lost wages, and the price of future medical care.
Assistance With for Your Accident Claim
Because of the complex legal aspects of a plane crash investigation, it’s wise to seek experienced and aggressive counsel as you set out on your plane crash litigation. Your plane crash lawyer should have a track record of representing wrongful death and injury victims and know the law as it pertains to plane crashes and aviation accidents.
The Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler specialize in the representation of injury victims, including those hurt in aviation accidents and the families of plane crash wrongful death victims. Contact Steven H. Heisler to discuss your potential plane crash claim today.
$5,500,000.00 - Steve represented a 33-year-old single mother of one whose vehicle was struck head-on by a construction truck in 2002. The client suffered life threatening injuries and was in a coma for six weeks. She required two months of brain injury rehabilitation. The client currently has serious permanent disabilities as a result of the accident including short term memory loss, impaired speech, double vision, and right side paralysis.
She is unable to return to her occupation as a dental hygienist or any other occupation. Steve Heisler and his associate Keith Kauffman negotiated a $5.5 million structured settlement at mediation. Should the client reach her life expectancy the payout increases to $9.5 million.
$250,000 - Steve represented the family of a 15 year old Anne Arundel County boy who was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree. The defendant driver was also killed. Another passenger survived the crash. The defendant driver had a $300,000.00 liability policy. Steve negotiated a $250,000.00 settlement for the family. The remaining $50,000.00 was tendered to the surviving passenger.
$800,000 - Steve represented the estate and family of a 45 year old man who was killed when the motorcycle he was riding struck a guardrail and he was catapulted down an embankment. The estate and family alleged that a vehicle in the lane to the immediate left of the man swerved into his lane and caused a collision. The defendant strongly denied any wrong doing. The case was settled at a settlement conference for $800,000.00.
$325,000 - Steve’s client, a 45 year old Sr. Program Manager, was struck by a work vehicle that failed to yield the right of way while turning left in front of the victim in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Steve’s client was thrown from his Harley Davidson and suffered multiple injuries resulting in two surgeries. Suit was filed and the case settled for $325,000.00.
$200,000 - Steve’s client, an elderly lady from West Virginia, was seriously injured when the car she was traveling in was struck by a negligent driver in Garrett County, Maryland. The lady suffered a broken back and detached retina. Steve negotiated a $100,000.00 settlement with the defendant driver’s insurance company and was successful in getting his client’s West Virginia insurance company to “stack” an additional $100,000.00 for a total settlement of $200,000.00.
$100,000 - Steve represented a five year old Eastern Shore boy who was struck by a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road while the boy was riding his bike. Steve's client suffered a traumatic brain injury and serious fractures which required him to spend an extended period of time in a rehabilitation center. The boy now has permanent brain damage. The case settled for the driver's policy limits of $100,000.00.
$95,000 - Steve represented a 36-year-old Cecil County man who was rear ended while stopped at a red light. The force of the impact was severe and his client’s vehicle was totaled. Steve’s client suffered a cerebral concussion, a C5-6 disc herniation, and a L2-3 disc protrusion. He received a 30% whole-body permanent disability rating. Steve settled the case with the insurance company for $95,000.00.