We understand how devastating airplane accidents can be for victims and their families, and our team has passionately fought to help improve flight safety around the country.
As experienced airplane accident lawyers, we have the resources families need to fight the big muli-billion-dollar airline companies. The plane crash lawyers at The Barnes Firm have years of experience working alongside some of the best aviation experts in the country. We’ve also helped many families and victims of airplane accidents get the best results possible from a claim. Our airplane accident attorneys have worked on and resolved regional cases, national disasters and international airplane accidents.
Our airplane accident lawyers are also licensed pilots, and we believe that experience and knowledge of proper flight requirements and procedures gives our clients an advantage few other personal injury firms can offer.
If a loved one has been involved in an airplane accident, allow The Barnes Firm to help guide you through this difficult and emotional process. Call an experienced airplane accident lawyer today for a FREE case evaluation.
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The plane crash attorneys at The Barnes Firm have helped families and victims of regional, national and international plane accidents involving many major commercial airlines.
These companies, alongside aircraft manufacturers, airport operators, and their contractors, have a responsibility to ensure your flight is a safe one. Each company and individual in the airline industry are required to follow rules regulations, which are enforced by the Federal Aviation Administration. Unfortunately, these rules are sometimes broken, and some companies have chosen to put profits before passenger safety.
Single-Engine Aircraft Accidents
San Francisco Lawyer Helping Charter Plane Crash Victims
Although flying is statistically safer than riding in a car, small single engine planes or charter planes have a higher accident rate.
There can be several factors behind a single engine or charter planes crash, but pilot error and weather conditions are often the primary reasons. Our attorneys are familiar with single engine aircraft and how they operate. With trained and licensed pilots on our team, The Barnes Firm can use their experience in the cockpit and in court to help victims and their families receive the best results possible.
Aviation Accident Support
If your family has lost a loved one in an airplane crash or other accident, the emotional toll can be overwhelming, and there are several people who can help you manage the grief and sorrow that is associated with these tragic incidents. If you were fortunate to have survived a plane crash, you may find these resources just as beneficial to your physical and emotional well-being.
We’ve compiled several resources that provide information, counseling and support to families and survivors of airplane tragedies. Some of these organizations can provide answers to your questions and in some cases, financial assistance:
Our Attorneys are Pilots
Several of our attorneys are active Federal Aviation Administration certified and instrument rated pilots with decades of combined flight experience. Some of our attorneys and associates have also served as FAA-certified flight instructors in both single and multi-engine aircraft.
Our team consists of pilots who have represented individuals in airplane disasters ranging from small, single-engine aircraft to large commercial airlines. Their combined experience at The Barnes Firm gives us the knowledge and resources necessary to take on any airline corporation.
At The Barnes Firm, our goal is to provide accident victims and their families with outstanding legal services. We will work hard to ensure you receive the highest standard of excellence.
Helicopters are some of the most complex motor vehicles, and one defect can cause a very serious, and often deadly crash. These crashes can have a profound impact on civilians at home as well as those serving in the military. Although the majority of these crashes occur during combat, some have occurred due to mechanical defects or insufficient training during exercises.
Since helicopters are complex machines, they also require the highest level of maintenance and piloting skills. When these skills are insufficient or compromised, accidents can and will happen.
Helicopters are also used for aerial tours, transportation for those critically injured at remote accident scenes, aerial support for law enforcement, and recreation.
Plane Crash Causes
There are several factors that could contribute to an airplane accident including machine or structural defects, improper maintenance and pilot error. As complex machines, airplanes need to be properly checked and consistently maintained. Unfortunately, some owners and airlines neglect this duty.
The following are other common causes of plane crashes:
- Bad weather or turbulence
- Air plane design problems
- Runway incursions
- Air traffic controller errors
- Repair or maintenance mistakes
- Approach or landing errors
- Pilot error
- Engine failure
- FAA violations
Our plane accident attorneys are experienced in handling complex plane crash litigation, and we have the resources our clients need to handle these complex cases.
Airplane Crash Questions
Who Investigates Plane Crashes?
All plane crashes are different, and the agencies involved in crash investigations can vary. Depending on certain circumstances, such as where the incident occurred and who was involved, one or more of the following agencies could be involved in a lengthy investigation process:
- National Transportation Safety Board
- Federal Aviation Administration
- Transportation Security Administration
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
If an accident occurs overseas, the Department of Justice, Department of State or even the Department of Defense could be involved in an investigation. If the incident is a military airplane accident, the Military Safety Mishap Board will likely launch their own investigation into the cause(s) of the accident.
What’s a runway incursion?
This is an incident at an airport, and it can involve an aircraft, a vehicle, a person or an object on the ground which creates a potential hazard for planes taking-off or landing.
Runway incursions usually occur as a result of pilot error or air traffic controller error. Although most runway incursions are avoided, these incidents cause minor and catastrophic accidents every year.
What’s a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death claims are lawsuits filed against an airline or manufacturer when a person is killed as a result of an airplane accident. Families of accident victims may file these claims to receive compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and future wage loss.
There are many factors that need to be weighed when making the decision to file a wrongful death claim, and there are legal deadlines that must be met for a family to receive compensation for the loss of a loved one. The Barnes Firm can inform you and your family of the deadlines that would apply to your claim, and help your family get the best result possible from a settlement or jury verdict.
Who Can Be Sued?
Since there can be several factors that can cause an airplane crash, it is possible more than one company or person is responsible for an airplane accident. If there are any defects in a plane’s design, the airplane manufacturer could be held liable for an injuries or deaths in the event of an accident.
Their choice of materials, testing procedures, and safety features could come into question. That’s why an immediate legal investigation should launched to independently determine what went wrong — and why.
The FAA is responsible for watching domestic aircraft while in flight. If an investigation finds the airways were not properly monitored, the FAA could be held responsible for an accident. It is also possible that an air traffic controller fell asleep or left their post, putting airplanes — and lives at risk.
There are several companies, agencies and people that could be found negligent over the course of an investigation. Contact The Barnes Firm today for FREE consultation.
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