Airplane accidents are very rare, yet well-publicized when they do happen. In today’s fast-paced society, airplane travel remains one of the fastest, most convenient ways to travel. Whether for work or pleasure, boarding a plane is common practice for a high majority of Canadians.
Accidents Can Happen
Even with the most up to date modern technology and extensive flight training, there is still room for pilot and mechanical error resulting in aviation accidents. While these types of accidents are rare, the confusion that follows in the wake of one is difficult to maneuver through. Survivors and families of the deceased often find themselves in a frenzy to obtain answers fast. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer to assist you during this trying time is of benefit to you and your loved ones.
FACT: Car-crash deaths outnumber homicide by almost five to one in Canada.
FACT: In 2010, a total of 288 aviation accidents were reported to the Transportation Board of Canada.
FACT: In 2010, 31 fatal accidents involved Canadian-registered aircraft.
When Do Most Plane Crashes Happen?
Approximately 80% of all aviation accidents occur during the take-off or landing process. These are usually said to have been caused by ‘pilot error’ or ‘human error’, a mistake, oversight, lapse in judgment, or failure to exercise due diligence by an aircraft operator during the performance of their duties. Mid-flight disasters are rare, and have sometimes been caused by a form of terrorist activity. Structural failures are also exceedingly rare, but have occurred.
Aircraft Accident Statistics
A survey of 1,843 plane crashes between 1950 and 2006 determined the causes of the accidents to be as follows:
- Pilot Error 53%
- Mechanical Failure 21%
- Weather 11%
- Other Human Error e.g. lack of communication 8%
- Sabotage and Terrorism 6%
- Other Causes 1%
Answers are Hard to Get
Simply going to the airlines and demanding answers is usually fruitless. You’ll most likely get vague answers or none at all, especially when several hundred casualties or hospitalizations may occur. Airline insurance companies may be concerned about keeping payouts low, rather than how to meet the needs of devastated families and wounded survivors. Our experienced lawyers are here to get you the answers you deserve and assist you to understand your rights.
If you or your family is dealing with the loss of a loved one or severe injury following an airplane accident, an expert personal injury lawyer at Martin G. Schulz & Associates can guide you through and help you make important decisions. Contact us today for a free consultation.