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How safe would you be if you are involved in a plane crash?

The recent and still-unexplained disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines flight has got a lot of people talking about airplane safety. If the worst-case scenario is true and it turns out that nobody on the flight survived, it would be a major disaster. But while the loss of hundreds of people in one fell swoop is indeed dramatic, it can serve as a reminder that deaths in airplane accidents are relatively rare.

Airplane manufacturers tout the safety of their aircraft, and they are generally accurate. Aircraft product defects can and do affect a plane's performance from time to time, and no aircraft is 100 percent safe. However, on average, traveling by plane is much safer, when comparing how many people suffer fatalities, than other modes of transportation.

There are tips that experts offer to better survive a crash, if it is apparent that one is imminent. Bracing for impact by putting your head down and covering it with your arms can increase your survivability. It may also help to sit in the back of the plane or relatively close to an emergency exit. Staying awake during takeoffs and landings, when crashes are more likely, is also a good strategy.

Even if being injured in an airplane crash is generally a remote possibility, that makes it even more crucial to have the proper legal assistance if it does happen to you. An experienced aviation accidents attorney can be a useful ally to have when it comes to seeking compensation for injuries or pain and suffering from a plane crash.

Source: ABC News, "What Are the Odds of Surviving a Plane Crash?" Liz Fields, March 12, 2014

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