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Does low cost mean less safety for budget airlines?

If a product or service is offered to consumers at a lower price than competitors in the same industry, many people assume that corners have been cut, meaning important safety measures may have also been ignored. From mass transit accidents to massive motor vehicle recalls, it's not hard to believe this assumption and wonder if it applies to all products and services offered in the United States.

Take for example budget airlines. Although passengers can oftentimes save hundreds of dollars taking low-cost flights with these carriers, one can't help but wonder if the tradeoff for cost is a passenger's safety. So does low cost mean less safety for budget airlines? Let's take a look.

Though your gut instinct may tell you that the answer to this question is yes, this isn't necessarily the case every time, claims an International Business Times article. According to the article, because of our nation's strict safety standards, running a low cost airline does not necessarily mean the company is cutting corners and sacrificing passenger safety.

In fact, four low-cost European and U.S. airlines actually ranked higher than the world's largest carrier, American Airlines, in the most recent safety index by the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre in Germany. The same cannot be said, however, for airlines in Asia, where safety standards are a little more lax and safety records are worrisome to say the least.

Despite the claims made in this article though, many of our more frequent readers know that aircraft design and product defects can happen in any commercial airline plane, whether it's operated by the world's largest carrier or a budget airline. When these defects lead to serious or fatal accidents, victims and their families may care less about the cost status of the airline and more about whether they can seek compensation for their suffering.

A skilled attorney can help in these situations, particularly one with experience handling aviation disaster cases and one who knows how to seek the compensation a victim and their family deserve. Going up against an airline can be intimidating; but with a lawyer at your side, you can rest assured that you have what it takes to tackle your personal injury claim and hopefully get positive results in the end.

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