The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the United States. In addition to this international hub, dozens of other airports call our state home. While air travel is a safe mode of transportation, the accidents that do occur put lives at risk. In the air and on land, plane crashes contribute to serious injuries and fatalities every year.
At Cullan & Cullan, doctors practicing law, we know that if you or a family member have been in a plane crash or helicopter accident, you need an attorney who has extensive experience in handling these types of accidents. Quite honestly, there are only a few great firms in the United States who are adept at investigating plane and helicopter crashes. When a client calls Cullan & Cullan about a plane or helicopter crash case, we immediately associate with one of these firms so that the injured party has the best representation possible. The other firm assumes the primarily responsibility in handling the liability aspects of the case while our firm handles the damage aspects of the case. This allows both firms to focus on what they do best so that the result can be maximized for the client and their family. Our team of Phoenix airplane accident attorneys are here to help if you or a loved one has been injured in any type of aviation accident. We also handle wrongful death claims for those who have been lost in these tragic incidents.
For a free review of your case, call (602) 900-9483. We can offer caring and knowledgeable help.
State, Federal & International Aviation Laws
After an aviation accident, operators must notify the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to file a report. Federal regulations require local authorities to preserve the evidence of the accident until the NTSB can conduct its investigation. Evidence at an accident site may be moved or altered only if required to save someone or protect the wreckage from harm.
Depending on the aircraft’s flight schedule, registration, and other factors, state laws and international laws also may play roles in the investigation and resolution of an aviation incident. To navigate these regulations and protect your right to seek compensation, we highly recommend choosing a personal injury attorney who specializes in aviation accidents. Our Phoenix injury lawyers maintain both medical and legal degrees to provide comprehensive support to every client. We understand all relevant aviation laws and will help you develop a strategy for recovery beginning the moment we accept your case.
Types of Aviation Accidents
While the phrase “aviation accident” may conjure up images of planes freefalling from the sky and landing in a fiery crash, aviation accidents also take place on the ground or within an aircraft’s cabin. For example, aviation accidents include cases in which passengers experience injuries after a pilot fails to warn them about severe turbulence. When pilots and ground crews fail to use adequate care, they may contribute to an injurious accident before a plane ever takes off.
Some aviation accidents are unavoidable. Pilots cannot always counter weather conditions to prevent an accident, and they are not liable for unavoidable circumstances. Victims may hold individuals and companies liable for negligent human error and mechanical malfunctioning accidents.
Common causes of preventable aviation accidents include:
- Reckless or careless behaviors, including operating a plane or equipment while fatigued or under the influence of alcohol/drugs
- Inadequate training or management
- Aviation parts defects
- Improper maintenance
- Failing to adhere to regulated safety standards and checklists
When someone willfully or negligently contributes to an aviation accident, the responsible individual or company may face legal liability for all resulting injuries. Airline companies, ground crews, control tower crews, flight instructors, and airline crews all may bear responsibility for injuries sustained after an accident.
Pursuing an Aviation Accident Claim
Aviation accident cases are complex. Legal representatives who pursue these cases must demonstrate an understanding of aviation regulations and laws at every level of government. Our team of Phoenix aviation accident attorneys can represent you before insurance representatives, negligent companies, and others throughout the course of an accident case. Our goal is to give you an opportunity to regain your maximum quality of life after a devastating plane, helicopter, or other aviation incident.
In addition to pursuing a legal claim against those liable, we can help survivors obtain assistance through the federal Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act. If you lose a loved one in an aircraft accident in Arizona, airlines must provide you with certain benefits, including transportation to the crash site, lodging, and counseling.
Whether you were injured in an accident involving public or private planes, you can count on Cullan & Cullan, to help protect your right to fair compensation. Call (602) 900-9483 today!