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Seeking accountability after airplane crashes

Major New York airline crashes can be seriously devastating. Because of the highly flammable fuel, massive equipment and heights involved in airline travel, an airplane crash can lead to significant numbers of fatalities as well as catastrophic injuries and permanent disabilities. In addition to the deaths and injuries to passengers and members of the crew, people on the ground and their property may be at risk. While air travel is generally very safe, the unusual accident can be uniquely destructive. It can be particularly challenging to unravel questions of causation and liability after an airplane crash.

It is important to determine who exactly is at fault for a major commercial airline crash. Victims, families and even criminal authorities need to know who can be held accountable for the damage that was done. Because air travel is a significant public interest issue, federal regulators also want to be able to make necessary changes to prevent future similar accidents. There are a number of causes of commercial airline crashes that can be traced back to the airline operating the flight. Because they are considered common carriers, airlines have higher duties of care to their passengers than other types of businesses. Airline companies can be held accountable for pilot mistakes, poor maintenance or other problems linked to negligence.

When airplane parts fail, causing a crash, it may also be possible to hold airplane manufacturers or parts companies responsible for the damages caused. Companies that make defective products can be held accountable for injuries they cause, and this includes defective designs or poor manufacturing of airplane parts.

Surviving family members and airline crash victims may be focused on recovery, and accountability can be an important part of that process. A personal injury lawyer may work with victims of commercial aviation accidents to seek compensation for their damages.

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