Why Do In-Flight Injuries Still Happen?

Causes of In-Flight Injuries

When you board a commercial flight, you expect that the pilot and crew members have done everything they are required to do when it comes to passenger safety. While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has rules and regulations to which commercial airlines must adhere to, failing to carry out mandated safety measures could cause passengers to sustain an in-flight injury. Here are some reasons why in-flight injuries happen more than you may think.


As defined by the FAA, clear air turbulence is “air movement created by atmospheric pressure, jet streams, the air around mountains, cold or warm weather fronts or thunderstorms.” Turbulence can come unexpectedly and may feel like you are on a bumpy ride. While mild to moderate turbulence doesn’t necessarily put passengers in danger of a crash or aircraft damage, it could cause passengers to be shaken and tossed within the cabin and lead to injuries.

Luggage Falling

Now more than ever, passengers are taking luggage on board to avoid hefty baggage fees. This means that overhead storage bins may be overfilled. Should an overhead bin be improperly secured, baggage can fall out onto passengers.

Rolling Food Carts

We all love to see the rolling food cart come down the aisle to deliver us beverages and snacks to enjoy. However, these food carts are one of the most common causes of in-flight injuries. These heavy-weighted rolling carts can hit shoulders, knees, elbows and other body parts that may be close to the aisle, causing a serious injury. Not to mention, hot beverage spills can also cause a severe burn.

What to Do If You’ve Been Injured In-Flight

If you’ve been injured in-flight, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. However, you must prove that the airline’s negligent acts were the cause of your injury. For example, if you were injured by falling baggage that was improperly stored, the airline may be liable.

Have You Sustained an In-Flight Injury? Contact Us Today.

Determining who is negligent for causing an in-flight injury can be complex. However, having an experienced attorney that is armed with the knowledge of the aviation industry and understands the safety standards they must adhere to, can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

At The Beasley Firm, LLC, our managing partner, Jim Beasley, Jr., is an accomplished stunt pilot with multi-engine instrument ratings and is one of the few pilots in the world that is qualified to operate a high-performance World War II fighter aircraft. Due to his extensive training and experience, you can rest assured knowing that your case will be handled by an aviation expert.

We want to help you receive the compensation that you deserve. Contact The Beasley Firm, LLC today at (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free consultation.