As a pilot living in New York, you may own or fly small airplanes either as a hobby, for practice, or even for transport. Unfortunately, the litigation surrounding small planes can be complex if you get into a crash in one. Kreindler & Kreindler, LLP, is here to talk about why insurance and laws can get so complex with private aircrafts.
Commercial airplanes and private airplanes are unsurprisingly treated very differently in almost all manners, including by the law. They are also treated differently in terms of insurance. General aviation pilots tend to have a shockingly low insurance on their helicopters or airplanes. In fact, many have higher insurance for their cars. A lot of pilots have no insurance at all. The same can be true for aircraft mechanics, despite the fact that they work with planes on the daily.
This can be particularly problematic when paired with federal legislation that handicaps your ability to make product liability claims against airplane manufacturers. For example, one such piece of litigation is called the General Aviation Revitalization Act, which protects manufacturers from liability claims on any plane that is over 18 years old. Unfortunately, most airplanes currently in use are that old, or even older.
Due to the complexities involved in the litigation surrounding small plane accidents, having an attorney on your side can be a huge help. They know the laws surrounding aviation incidents, are up to date on the newest knowledge, and can help you defend yourself and pursue the compensation you deserve.