In-flight turbulence causes the most injuries among airplane passengers and flight attendants. The Federal Aviation Administration says turbulence has resulted in hundreds of injuries in just the last few years, and most flight experts consider these statistics to be a conservative estimate.
The Flight Safety Foundation has studied turbulence and the injuries it can cause. Their research found that many passenger injuries were not recorded as turbulence accidents. It is now estimated that nearly 5,000 passengers are hurt each year while traveling with the 14 largest global and domestic carriers.
Research has found that many of these injuries are caused by falling baggage from overhead bins, or items thrown around the passenger cabin. Airplane injury attorneys believe accidents like these are happening even more often today because airlines have implemented pricey checked baggage fees and flights, both international and domestic, are more crowded than ever before.
As a result, a turbulence injury attorney at The Barnes Firm says passengers are using more carry-on bags, often overfilling them to avoid checking baggage.
If you or a loved one has been injured by turbulence or falling items while traveling on an airplane, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Contact an airplane injury lawyer at The Barnes Firm for a FREE case evaluation.