Even though most people believe air travel is the safest and most efficient mode of transportation, catastrophic aviation accidents occur with alarming frequency resulting in death, catastrophic injuries, and life altering consequences for the victims and their families. When flying in an aircraft, the smallest error can often lead to disastrous repercussions. In 2010, there were 831 deaths and thousands of catastrophic injuries attributed to aviation accidents. Studies have noted that when planes carrying more than 10 people crash, 2 out of every 3 passengers were killed.
Aircraft Crash Causes
There are many causes of aircraft accidents, which can include but not be limited to: instrument failure, mechanical failure, tire failure, defective landing gear, fuel mismanagement, pilot error, inadequate training, mid-air collisions, inclement weather, metalurgical failures, improper maintenance, improper inspections, poor fuel, inadequate security, improper flight training, medical issues, and design defects. The majority of aircraft accidents occur in small or private airplanes and helicopters. Sightseeing helicopter accidents and Medivac aircraft accidents are occurring with increased frequency.
Frequency of Plane Accidents
In 2010, there were 2,033 aviation accidents reported by the Aviation Safety Network, and only 27 of the aviation accidents involved commercial aircraft. The National Transportation and Safety Board reported that from 2004 to 2008 there were 8,016 non-commercial aviation accident crashes resulting in 2,640 fatalities. The Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association reported that in 2008 there were 1,254 non-fatal accidents and 236 fatal accidents in small non-commercial aircraft. In 2008, non-commercial helicopters had the highest accident rate of any commercial or non-commercial aircraft at 6.76 per 100,000 flight hours. In that same year, non-commercial helicopters had 24 fatal accidents, the largest number since 2000. After the death of baseball star Cory Lidle, a spokesperson for the Air Safety Foundation released a statement saying, “I can’t say that personal flying is safer than driving a car,” which is contrary to public perception. When these accidents occur, the nationally recognized and accomplished aircraft accident and plane crash attorneys at The Beasley Firm have a highly qualified team of experienced pilots, investigators, accident reconstructionists, and aviation lawyers to evaluate your claim.
Decades Of Success in Airplane Crash Litigation
The aviation accident lawyers at The Beasley Firm have successfully obtained hundreds of multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts for our catastrophically injured and wrongful death clients. The Beasley Firm has been nationally recognized for setting the benchmark in the fields of aviation disaster, plane, and helicopter accidents and catastrophic injury since 1958.
In 1984, in the landmark case of Guanere et al v. Cessna, Jim Beasley secured a verdict of twenty-nine million dollars for the Guanere family after he proved that a defective airplane part was the cause of the crash and resulting death. Mr. Beasley also proved that the manufacturer, Cessna, had carelessly installed the defective part in approximately 175,000 aircraft. This was the largest verdict (at the time) ever awarded against an aviation company.
Our aviation expertise was an important part of our successful lawsuit assessing responsibility for the September 11 attacks. We have decades of experience representing victims of the most serious and high-profile aviation accidents, including the accident that took the life of Senator John Heinz.
Jim Beasley Jr. also is an avid pilot and leader of The Horsemen aerobatic team. Jim Beasley Jr. inherited his passion for flight from his father, the legal pioneer Jim Beasley. This passion has led him to perform with The Horsemen air team throughout America and England. Jim Beasley and his team know the inner workings of an airplane and what can go wrong, and have litigated with great success against the world’s largest corporations.
Upholding Our Legendary Name
For the past 50 years, the legendary Beasley Firm has been a national leader in the areas of aviation law, catastrophic injuries, and wrongful death. The Beasley Firm has been successful in winning awards for our clients totaling well over $2 billion dollars. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident while in-flight, in an airport, or aviation environment, please call the experienced aircraft crash attorneys at The Beasley Firm at (888) 823-5291 or contact us online for a free consultation.