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How can parts manufacturers be liable after a plane crash?

It may seem clear who was at fault in a plane crash, but the truth may not be as simple as appearances. Although pilots and crew must adhere to strict guidelines for safe aircraft operation, their own human error is not the only reasons that things don't go well on flights.

  • What else may cause an aircraft malfunction or problem?

Fixed-wing aircraft, as well as helicopters, are incredibly complex machines with thousands of parts that must work in perfect operation. Faulty parts or out-of-date maintenance procedures can doom a flight before a pilot is even assigned to it.

  • How are manufacturers and distributors held accountable?

Although it is often a last chance to get help moving on from a tragedy, a lawsuit for financial damages can make makers and sellers of defective parts answer for their shortcomings in court or in a settlement. Although money may do little to help after a serious injury or death, it is the main form of accountability in the United States and most other countries.

  • How can a maker or seller be sued?

The point comes down to reasonable dangers. If a manufacturer took an unreasonable risk releasing a product, either because they knew of a problem or they were not sure, a victim of a related accident may have a case for financial damages. The cause and effect of a problem and an accident must also be established, though.

  • Who can help establish these facts?

An attorney can always be on your side. Legal representation is a good move after an unexpected problem on a plane.

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