Aviation and air travel have become as commonplace in our society as other
methods of transportation before it, such as the locomotive or the steam-powered
passenger ship. However, unlike these other methods of transportation,
air travel provides substantially greater risk to passengers than. Unlike
previous methods of travel, passengers are thousands of feet in the air,
which means a crash from even what might be considered a “low”
height could be devastating.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an aviation accident, the first
step towards recovering compensation is figuring out what caused the incident.
Aviation is also unique from any previous method of transportation in
the number of things that must work together in order to achieve a safe
and successful journey. When any one of these things does wrong, a crash
is more likely to occur. But how do you figure out what caused it?
It’s easiest to start by taking a look at some of the most common
causes and figuring out whether they were the direct cause or if they
in some way contributed. Let’s take a closer look at these common causes.
Pilot error is where pretty much every crash investigation begins because
it is the most common cause of aviation accidents. Modern aircraft have
made considerable strides in technology to eliminate a substantial amount
of possible pilot error, but even these advancements can’t stop
certain mistakes from occurring, which can cause potentially devastating
crashes. Pilots must maintain proper fuel levels, properly utilize the
de-icing system, maintain correct speed, heading, and altitude, and more.
Even slight errors in any of these factors could be the cause of your accident.
The second-most common cause of aviation accidents is mechanical failure,
or when a system on the plane breaks or fails mid-flight, causing the
plane to become unstable. This can include everything from control systems
to navigational guides to landing gear or possibly even climate-control
systems, such as the plane’s pressurization and oxygen systems.
In many cases, these mechanical failures occur when technicians accidentally
overlook a small system on a plane, but in some cases, the unpredictable
can happen, such as a bird being sucked into a plane’s engine, causing
it to become damaged.
Unlike many other methods of travel, aviation is heavily dependent on the
conditions in order to successfully operate. A slippery and frozen runway
could prevent a plan from stopping in time, resulting in a crash. Liftoff
can be difficult when it’s extremely hot outside, making it nearly
impossible for a plane to get off the ground and up into the air. Other
times windstorms or severe weather can cause a number of different systems
to fail or even damage the plane itself. Lightning strikes are particularly
dangerous, since they can overload systems, cause fires, or even ignite
fuel tanks. Statistics estimate that approximately 12% of aviation accidents
are the result of severe weather, so this is a good place to start if
your crash occurred on a day when the weather wasn’t great.
Air Traffic Control Error
Pilots in the sky need eyes on the ground to coordinate things, and air
traffic controllers perform this job 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Air traffic controllers are responsible for everything from alerting pilots
of other aircraft in the sky to keeping a safe distance apart to coordinating
takeoffs and landings safely, and much more. With so much going on and
so many aircraft in the sky at once, particularly around major airports,
even one slight error can result in a collision on the ground or even
a serious problem in the air. If your plane collides with another, the
air traffic controllers could be to blame, and you should consider starting
your search there if previously listed causes turned up fruitless.
Speak with an Attorney
Determining the cause of your accident is a tricky process when so many
different factors could be at play. When you call Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell
& Ryan LLP, you can trust that our experienced and highly successful team of
New York City personal injury attorneys is working hard to help you reach the resolution you deserve. We have
earned verdicts in excess of $1 million in 150 different cases, making
us one of the most successful and recognized firms in the area. We know
how to analyze the evidence in your case and we put it to work helping
you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Start your case with a free consultation!
Contact Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP today at (646) 759-9910 and speak with a member of our team!