Depression is an affliction many people in New York deal with, and unfortunately, airline pilots are no exception. A 2016 article in the Los Angeles Times cited research that found that 13 percent of the commercial airline pilots in the United States are possibly suffering from a state of depression, with about 1 in 25 pilots having reported suicidal thoughts. Although the L.A. Times emphasizes that airplane flights remain a safe mode of transportation, nonetheless the problem of depressed pilots does create the potential for airplane accidents.
As a New York resident with plans to fly internationally in the coming weeks or months, it may serve you well to find out exactly what type of aircraft you are set to fly on. Within the last six months, two fatal plane crashes claimed the lives of nearly 350 people, and both crashes involved Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, which first came onto the market in 2017. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we recognize that numerous airlines and nations have banned the use of these planes in the wake of the most recent fatal flight, and we have helped many people who suffered injury or lost loved ones in plane wrecks pursue appropriate recourse.
There are many things that you may want to consider before taking legal action against a large aviation company. For example, you may not even be able to try your case in New York. Is your claim a high enough priority for you? Do you want to enter the legal process? If so, Kreindler & Kreindler LLP may be able to support you.
Small plane crashes happen for a myriad of reasons, whether a pilot is under the influence of drugs or alcohol while flying or a pilot disregards safety measures that can help prevent an accident. Inexperience is another reason why small plane accidents occur, and there are some people who take to the sky even though they are not ready. Sadly, these accidents can result in the loss of life, and many people have passed away as a result of inexperienced pilots. If you have lost a loved one in such a crash, it may be necessary to look into your legal options.