Have you survived an airplane accident? Have you lost a loved one in a plane crash? Florida aviation attorneys at Lorenzo & Lorenzo can steer your case in the right direction.
Traveling by airplane, though there are risks, is statistically one of the safest methods of transportation. In terms of danger, motorists are far more likely to be seriously injured or killed in an auto accident than in an airplane crash. In fact, the odds of dying in a car wreck are 1 in 113 according to the National Safety Council , whereas the likelihood of perishing in a plane accident are 1 in 9,737. When asked “What are the odds of dying in a plane crash,” other sources cite 1 in 11 million odds. Regardless, in the rare event that aviation accidents do occur, they are proportionally much more severe, almost always resulting in fatalities.
Aviation disasters, whether onboard a commercial or private aircraft, fall under the category of catastrophic accidents , and passengers onboard, if they survive, often experience serious and grave injuries that impact the rest of their lives. The accident may also cause injury or damage to people near the crash site. Victims of aviation accidents and their families may be entitled to compensation for personal injury and wrongful death if it can be proven that negligence played a role in the accident.
Airplane crash lawyers at Lorenzo & Lorenzo will determine if negligence was involved in your aviation accident and, if so, hold the responsible parties accountable.
What are the Most Common Causes of Airplane Crashes & Accidents?
It can be difficult to determine exactly what went wrong in the air leading up to an aviation accident. Upon investigation, though, most airplane mishaps are caused by one of the following factors:
- Pilot error (approximately half of all aviation accidents)
- Mechanical defect
- Runway error
- Inadequate equipment maintenance
- Violation of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines
- Air traffic controller error
- Engineering/structural design flaws
Florida Aviation Accident Liability & Statute of Limitations
In the event of an aviation accident or airplane crash, there may be numerous parties who were responsible for the incident – the pilot, airline, airport, aircraft manufacturer, insurance companies and others. Large aircraft and insurance companies often have extensive resources to hire smart and skillful professionals who are adept at convincing victims to settle for less than they deserve. Anyone who has been involved in an aviation accident or lost a loved one in an airplane crash is strongly urged to consult a legal expert rather than try to take on the aircraft manufacturer and insurance companies on their own.
Under the statute of limitations, Florida law mandates that victims of airplane and aviation accidents have just four years from the time of injury to file a personal injury claim . While this may seem like plenty of time, building a strong case against manufacturers, airlines and insurance companies often requires intensive investigation of the incident, the damages incurred by the plaintiff, and complex Florida aircraft law. Therefore, victims of aviation accidents and their families should contact an expert personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss compensation recovery for their losses.
Contact a Top Aviation Accident Lawyer in Tampa, St. Pete & Clearwater
At Lorenzo & Lorenzo, we have nearly 20 years of experience helping victims and their families put their lives back together through aggressive legal representation, personal attention and fighting for the best possible outcome. Our aviation and airplane accident attorneys are available 24/7 for free consultations in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida. We charge on a contingency fee basis, meaning not a dime comes out of your wallet until we’ve won your case – so you have nothing to lose. Call us today.