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Chicago Plane Crash & Aviation Accident Lawyer

Whether you were in a crash involving a small plane (such as a Cessna) or were injured in a commercial airliner incident, Klest Injury Law Firm is here for you. We have the resources and legal knowledge to stand up to airlines and insurance companies as we help you seek compensation for the injuries you have suffered.

Causes Of Aviation Accidents

Most airplane, helicopter and other aviation accidents occur for one of the following reasons:

  • Pilot error
  • Improper maintenance
  • Defective parts
  • Air traffic controller error
  • Flight instructor error
  • Instrument failure
  • Engine failure
  • Fuel tank explosion
  • Defective onboard computer
  • Defective onboard software

What Is A Common Carrier And How Does That Designation Affect My Claim?

Generally, when a passenger is riding on an aircraft, the airline carrier is considered a “common carrier.” Common carriers owe the highest degree of care toward passengers. Often, there will be a presumption of negligence if there is a mechanical failure resulting in a crash because the control and operation of the aircraft are limited to the organization that owns it.

A common carrier operating an aircraft also has a duty to provide a competent pilot. Failure to provide a competent pilot who can operate the airplane or helicopter safely – from takeoff to landing to taxiing to disembarking – can result in the air transportation company being liable for injuries passengers suffer as a result of the pilot’s incompetence.

A common carrier involved in carrying passengers has a duty to provide an airworthy airplane. It cannot simply rely upon government inspections. It must employ its own system of inspecting to be sure the aircraft is being properly maintained.

A common carrier providing air transportation service to passengers must also be sure that the plane is properly maintained.

Airfield Owner/Operator Responsibilities

The owner or operator of an airfield is obligated to maintain the airfield in a reasonably safe condition for use by the type of aircraft for which it is intended. Failure to properly maintain the runway or other parts of the airfield can result in liability to the owner or operator of the airfield if someone is injured as a result. An example would be failure to properly remove ice or snow from the runway.

Additionally, aircraft owners and operators can be responsible for maintaining portions of the terminal where passengers can be expected to go while entering or exiting the aircraft.

Contact Us And Get A Free Consultation With An Experienced Attorney

If you were injured or if a loved one was injured or killed in an incident involving an airplane, helicopter or other motor vehicle, it is extremely important to hire a seasoned injury attorney immediately. While the Federal Aviation Administration conducts thorough investigations, it is important to preserve evidence and retain experts to immediately investigate other potential causes of injury or death. Please contact us as soon as you can so we can provide you with advice and, if you choose to retain our services, start working for you as soon as possible.