You have finally purchased your plane tickets and your flight leaves New York in a few days. Though you are excited, you cannot help but have some concerns about safety. Airplane accidents are nowhere near as common as motor vehicle accidents. However, they do happen enough to cause the public alarm.
When people fly on commercial airlines in New York or across the country, they often assume that the aircraft they are traveling on has been deemed safe and is free from any defects that may put their lives in danger. Yet how exactly are aircrafts proven to be safe and what types of checks and evaluations do they go through to ensure they do not pose a danger to passengers and pilots?
You may take flights out of New York regularly or be someone who has never flown before. Regardless of your status, one thing you probably have wondered is about how safe flying is. Everyone has concerns, which is completely understandable seeing how air accidents get a lot of attention. However, what you may not realize is air travel is incredibly safe and the numbers back it up.
Many agencies, organizations and companies work together to ensure commercial flights are safe for you and other New York travelers. These agencies do many things from managing air traffic to monitoring the manufacturing of airplanes. One important agency is the Federal Aviation Administration. You have likely heard of the FAA, but do you know what it does to ensure your flights are safe?
When a plane crashes, it is devastating. Typically, there are many lives lost and sometimes major property damage. However, planes take off out of New York multiple times a day and most have no problems whatsoever. In fact, when something does go wrong with a plane, it is carefully studied and helps result in changes within the aviation industry that make flying even safer for you.
Surviving the aftermath of a plane crash on a New York runway can be traumatizing for just about anyone who has made it through the ordeal. Whether a plane has crashed due to a design flaw, pilot error, or adverse weather conditions, survivors of an aviation incident have specific needs to be tended to, in addition to any required medical attention.
Previously, we began looking at an article discussing some of the important changes in the aviation industry and how they came about. As we noted, many of the beneficial changes in the use of materials, design, manufacturing, features, inspections and maintenance, came about because of lessons learned from aviation accidents.
A recent article in popular mechanics highlights an important point about the state of modern aviation: it was often the lessons learned from high profile airplane crashes that prompted manufacturers and regulators to make change that improved aviation safety. The accumulation of these changes is what has made aviation a safer way to travel.
In our last post, we noted that there are significant limitations on active duty military members’ ability to seek compensation from the federal government for losses in aviation accidents. Active duty service members may not be able to file lawsuits for damages in many circumstances, but they should work with an experienced aviation law attorney to understand when they may have the right to sue.
We’ve been looking in recent posts at the admissibility of government accident reports as evidence in court. This is an important issue not only in aviation accidents involving personal injury and wrongful death claims, but also in those involving product liability claims. In aviation accident litigation involving any of these types of claims, the information contained in a government accident report can be potentially valuable for plaintiffs.