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Some still experienced loss in a year of low airline fatalities

Plenty of people suffer from aviophobia, or the irrational fear of flying. Indeed, the sheer physics of lifting hundreds of tons of machinery into the air for hours boggles even the most scientific mind. This fear can be reduced or overcome with specific therapies, which leaves only the rational problems associated with commercial flights.

We have heard many times over the years that flight is the most statistically safe form of long-distance travel. But accidents still happen and the chances of a commercial airliner's crash causing death or injury are higher than many other forms of transportation disaster.

The year 2019 was lauded as a "good year" with a 50% drop in fatalities aboard commercial airliners from the previous year. This may seem like small comfort to anyone who counts a friend or family member among the 287 reported deaths. More than half of these deaths occurred in a single crash, in which the type of plane is under a systemic investigation.

This leaves the death rate for this type of accident at one per two million air passengers, which still makes air crash fatalities a very rare occurrence. If liability can be shown as part of an accident, especially if evidence indicates it could have been avoided, the survivors of victims may be entitled to financial damages.

Monetary compensation may also seem like too little too late, but nothing can turn back the clock on a loss. Sometimes, the only thing to do in ensure a person's family and causes are well supported. An attorney can examine the possibility of a civil lawsuit after an unexpected tragedy.

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