Because multiple parties may be liable for a single airplane accident, attorneys who handle these cases for crash victims' families must thoroughly investigate the crash and prove to what extent each of the defendants was negligent.
Those responsible for aviation accidents may include pilots, pilots' employers, flight schools, airports, plane and part manufacturers, product designers, aftermarket component suppliers, maintenance companies and any other party whose negligence or recklessness led to the crash. Identifying all potentially negligent parties is crucial to maximizing compensation for grieving families.
A mother in Missouri is currently seeking to hold eight companies accountable after a 2012 plane crash took the lives of her two teenage children. The pilot and two other passengers were also killed in the crash. Specifically, the woman's suit claims that the plane's instruments were unsafe for flight when operated by an "average or ordinary pilot."
In late 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board determined that the likely cause of the crash was "the pilot's loss of airplane control as a result of spatial disorientation experienced in night instrument meteorological conditions."
The mother of one of the other passengers also filed suit in June 2013, claiming that failures on the part of the pilot caused the crash.
A link to the petition for damages in the most recently filed case is available here.
Accident cases involving small planes can present specific kinds of obstacles for plaintiffs. For example, aircraft manufacturers are protected by federal law from product liability lawsuits related to planes that are more than 18 years old. However, a legal team with experience in handling aviation accident claims can pursue every available option for maximizing compensation for the plaintiffs.