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Aviation accidents can cause serious injuries and sometimes even death. If you have been injured or you lost the life of a loved one in an airplane accident, our aviation accident attorneys are here to help you during this tragic time.

Have You Been In An Aviation Accident or Crash?

Being involved in an aviation accident can be a terrifying experience. Even when these accidents occur on or near the ground (as is typically the case – mid-flight disasters are extremely rare), they can result in severe physical injuries and lasting emotional trauma.

Do you know the most common cause of aviation accidents? Is it terror attacks? Mechanical failure? Many people are surprised and alarmed to learn that more than 60 percent of all aviation accidents are the result of human error. More than half of all aviation accidents are attributable to errors in the cockpit, and approximately 1 in 10 aviation accidents result from an air traffic control, airport, or airline personnel mistake on the ground.

  • Major commercial airline accidents
  • Accidents involving regional carriers
  • International aviation disasters
  • Terrorist-related plane crashes
  • Private, charter, or corporate aircraft accidents
  • Military contractor air crashes
  • Small plane or general aviation accidents
  • Helicopter incidents

Hire An Experienced Aviation Accident Attorney in Florida

At Rue & Ziffra Law Offices, we provide experienced and aggressive legal representation for victims of aviation accidents in the state of Florida. With multiple office locations in Volusia and Flagler Counties, we have decades of experience fighting for individuals and families who have suffered tragic losses in aviation accidents. With our proven trial experience and deep knowledge of federal aviation law, we are able to fully represent our clients’ best interests in litigation against large corporate entities and government agencies. We are passionate about fighting to make sure each client receives the full financial compensation he or she deserves.

Airplane accident cases are unique in a variety of different ways, from the investigative process to the federal laws involved. Getting to the bottom of what happened and holding the appropriate parties accountable requires a thorough understanding of the engineering, scientific, and legal principles at play. Our team of attorneys has successfully handled numerous aviation accident cases over the past 40 years, and we will fight for you, too.

Common Factors in Aviation Accidents

With the extreme size and complexity of commercial aircraft and our country’s aviation system, it only takes one minor mistake to cause a lifetime of pain and suffering. While some plane crashes result from major and obvious failures, more often, it is simple oversights and lapses in judgment that lead to serious and fatal aviation accidents. Let’s look at some of the most common factors in aviation accidents.

Pilot Error

Pilot error is by far the leading cause of aviation accidents. Novice and seasoned pilots alike can make mistakes with devastating consequences. This is seen by examining the pilot’s actions immediately prior to the accident when a plane crashes or collides with another object. Such examination will most often reveal the factors involved in the crash.

Air Traffic Control Negligence

Air traffic control plays a critical role in aviation safety. Air traffic controllers must undergo extensive training and follow a detailed set of rules and regulations; and when they make mistakes, their employers can be held fully accountable.

Flight Service Negligence

Failure to properly fuel the aircraft, failure to conduct mandatory inspections, failure to perform maintenance and repairs, and other forms of flight service negligence are all potential causes of aviation accidents.

Engine Failure

Despite the comprehensive maintenance requirements and pre-flight inspections required under federal aviation regulations, engine failure remains a common cause of aviation accidents. In most cases, engine failures can be avoided with proper care – and when they occur, victims deserve to recover their injury-related losses.

Faulty Equipment and Mechanical Failure

Along with engine failures, various other mechanical failures can also lead to aviation accidents. From dangerous and defective airplane components to inadequate aircraft maintenance, there are numerous different types of mechanical issues that can lead to dangerous malfunctions.

Defective Landing Gear

The failure of a plane’s landing gear is a known mechanical issue that results in aviation accidents. Design and manufacturing defects, inadequate maintenance, and failure to perform necessary repairs can all lead to landing gear failure – which can have devastating results.

Taxi and Preflight Accidents

Almost a quarter of all commercial aviation accidents occur during preflight taxi and takeoff. When an airplane crashes or stops abruptly, passengers can suffer traumatic injuries from the impact of the seats in front of them, being hit by loose objects, or colliding with other passengers.

Alcohol or Drug Impairment

Despite knowing that they can put others’ lives at risk, pilots, air traffic controllers, grounds crew, and other aviation workers perform their jobs under the influence of alcohol, sleep medications, and other drugs with alarming frequency.

Inclement Weather

Approximately 10 percent of all aviation accidents are weather-related. While inclement weather may explain why an accident occurred, it is not an excuse for an airline, pilot, or anyone else to put passengers in harm’s way.

Rue & Ziffra Law Offices | Experienced Florida Aviation Accident Attorneys

Our firm is dedicated to representing aviation accident victims and their families. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an airplane crash, our aviation accident attorney can make sure you and your family receive the compensation you deserve. To learn more about your rights in a free and confidential consultation, please call (386) 788-7700 or tell us about your case online today.