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The greater Houston area is home to no less than two dozen airfields, including a large international airport that serves as a major hub to commercial carriers. Considering this commercial airline traffic volume, combined with various private, commercial, military, and emergency aircraft and helicopter traffic, the opportunity for an aviation accident is quite real. 

While air travel is statistically safer than automobile travel, when accidents do happen, the damages are often much greater and impact many more people. In the wake of these accidents, those affected need an experienced aviation lawyer to navigate the highly technical and complicated laws and regulations that apply to airline accidents. 

There are a number of reasons that aviation accident cases are considerably more complicated than a traditional automobile accident. First, aviation is highly regulated. Federal agencies such as the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration oversee the regulation of aircraft, airfields, and pilots, and are often an integral part of any airplane crash investigation. As aircraft travel often occurs over state, and even international borders, different bodies of law can come into play. Further, the scope of people involved in any given flight, including pilots, air-traffic controllers, maintenance crews, aircraft owners, and passengers, is very broad. With so many people involved, determining liability in an aviation accident can be a difficult task. Finally, aviation accidents often result in injuries and death of multiple persons, sometimes involving very large groups of victims. 

Common injuries suffered in aviation accidents

The damages resulting from an aviation accident can be extreme. The experienced Houston aviation lawyers at our firm will conduct a full investigation of your case and make sure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to. While every case is distinguishable, victims in aviation accidents are often entitled to compensation for:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of companionship and consortium
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Wrongful death damages for survivors

Our experienced Houston attorneys represent victims and their families in all manner of aviation accidents including:

  • Commercial airline disasters
  • International plane crashes
  • Private jet accidents
  • Military aircraft incidents
  • Private helicopter crashes, including tourist flights
  • Chartered flight accidents
  • Injuries at airfields and airports
  • Inflight injury and turbulence incidents
  • Drone accidents

Common causes of aviation accidents

Airplane and helicopter accidents can stem from a myriad of causes, however the most common are:

  • Pilot error: Pilot error is the most common cause of aircraft accidents. 
  • Defective or damaged equipment or aircraft: Whether stemming from a manufacturing defect or a failure to maintain or repair, an airline malfunction can have devastating consequences
  • Air traffic control negligence: Proper routing by air traffic controllers is critical to airport safety and even minor mistakes can lead to major catastrophe. 
  • Crew negligence: This can include improper refueling, improper loading of baggage and cargo, and failure to maintain a safe passenger cabin.
  • Negligent or reckless action of passenger: Sometimes the behavior of a passenger is so negligent or reckless as to cause a risk to everyone on the aircraft. 

What can a Houston Aviation Lawyer do for you?

Regardless of the cause or the carrier, our Houston aviation attorneys can handle every step of the legal process following an aviation accident. Our experienced lawyers will gather all relevant evidence, conduct any necessary investigations, and negotiate a settlement on your behalf. If the settlement offer does not appear adequate to cover your damages, we can take your case to trial. 

If you have suffered injury or lost a loved one in an aviation accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your physical injuries, anticipated medical bills, loss of income, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and in some cases punitive damages. If your spouse was lost in the accident, wrongful death recovery may also be available.   Before you accept any settlement offer, talk to one of our knowledgeable Houston aviation attorneys. Contact us today and schedule a consultation as soon as possible. 

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