Aviation Accidents

Aviation Accidents

Salt Lake City Aviation Accident Lawyers

Air travel is considered by most to be a safer means of transportation than automobile travel. However, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), air traffic is expected to double over the next 20 years. This increase will undoubtedly raise the risk and frequency of aviation / aircraft accidents.

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Luckily, less serious, non-fatal accidents involving private aircraft are more frequent than the catastrophic crashes or explosions. However, when fatal air accidents do occur, they devastate the families of pilots, crews, and passengers alike. These families require the best personal injury legal help available to identify and hold the proper parties responsible. Aviation attorneys at our Utah Law Firm, Lance Andrew, P.C., are here to provide much needed legal help for clients involved in airplane accidents or crashes.

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Aviation Law Regarding Airplane Accidents is Complex

Aviation litigation is extremely complex. Many different theories of legal liability exist under state, federal, and international law. Multiple defendants and at-fault parties are usually involved in a single airline / airplane crash.

In addition, in most cases, several options can exist for trial venues. In order to hold a party responsible for an airplane accident, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant failed to meet the legal standard of operating the aircraft. This can be related to engineering, maintenance, or other operational issues or standards. To successfully resolve these and other legal issues associated with a given aviation accident, contact an experienced aviation attorney at Lance Andrew, P.C.  

Our airplane accident attorneys have successfully handled multiple airplane and other aircraft cases in Utah, within the United States, and other countries, including several Central American countries.


Causes of Airplane Crashes

Airplanes are machines and machines sometime malfunction. Pilots fly many times each week and although the airlines take as many precautions as possible, mistakes can have serious repercussions. Every year, some people who fly are injured and even killed. The causes of aviation accidents can be wide ranging, but some common causes of both major carrier accidents and general aviation accidents include:

  • Pilot error
  • Faulty equipment or maintenance
  • Federal Aviation Administration regulations violations
  • Structural or design defects / problems
  • Negligence of Flight Service Station employees
  • Negligence of Federal Air Traffic Controllers
  • Negligence in a third party's selection of a carrier

Aviation accident law covers major air carrier as well as general aviation accidents. General aviation includes:

  • All non-commercial aircraft
  • Small airplanes
  • Small and large personal and business jets
  • Charter flights
  • Pleasure crafts
  • Helicopters


Protections for Airline Passengers

In the United States, two government agencies regulate air travel and investigate every commercial and general aviation accident:

  1. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB): The NTSB is in charge of investigating every civil aircraft accident and recommending safety standards to prevent future accidents.
  2. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): The FAA sets legal safety standards for pilot conduct, flight operations, and aircraft manufacturers. It enforces FAA regulations through civil and sometimes criminal penalties.


Liability of the United States in Airplane Crashes & Accidents

A primary duty of the federal government is to control all air traffic. The FAA, through the Air Traffic Control System (ATC), is responsible for this function. If an aircraft accident involves a collision, a key question is whether or not the ATC did its job correctly and may be joined as a defendant in litigation.

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Personal Injury Claims for Airplane and other Aviation Accidents

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While the circumstances of different airplane crashes and other aviation accidents vary, claims for personal injury or death resulting from an airplane or other aviation accident are generally brought under legal theories of negligence, products liability, or some combination of the two. In addition, because air travel is regulated by two federal agencies within the United States and other local governmental agencies outside of the U.S., these rules and regulations may impact a personal injury claim or the standard of care legally owed to the victim of an aviation accident.

Pilots, aircraft owners, common carriers, airline maintenance providers, and major airlines are among those subject to claims whenever an aviation accident occurs. In addition, product liability claims may be made against manufacturers and sellers of defective aircraft and other aviation products.

Operators are held to a high standard of care. If carelessness or recklessness can be proven, then the owner will be held liable for the damages suffered by injured parties, including passengers, people on the ground, and even the pilot(s) and crew. Even if the aircraft owner was not operating the aircraft when the aviation accident occurred, the owner may still be held liable under a legal theory called vicarious liability. It is similar to how automobile owners are responsible for the actions of the driver of the automobile they own.


Receiving Compensation for your Aircraft Injury or Accident

Typically, several categories exist for recoverable damages:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Past and future pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium (available to married couples only)
  • Punitive damages.

Jurisdictions will differ as to what damages may be recovered and what proof is required for each category. Some states also impose "caps" (having changed tort law under the duplicitous, pro-corporate/anti-citizen banner of “tort reform”) on certain categories of damages, thereby limiting a potential recovery.

The trusted team of experienced aviation attorneys at Lance Andrew, P.C. can identify the best jurisdiction and present a victim’s damages in order to ensure just and fair compensation for injuries sustained through aviation accidents and airline disasters.


We Serve All Cities & Counties Throughout Utah, Including Salt Lake City

No matter which Utah county or city you live in, our personal injury lawyers can help you with your legal needs when it comes to complex aviation law.

Our firm serves all of Utah, including the following counties and cities:

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South Jordan

Box Elder



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Salt Lake City

West Jordan



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Home & Hospital Visits Available

When you or a loved one is injured in an aviation accident, you have enough to worry about. This can be an extremely stressful time, especially if the death of a loved one is involved. At Lance Andrew, P.C., we wholeheartedly understand this and we make it our mission to accommodate you. We offer home and hospital visits so that we can take immediate legal action to protect you or your loved one and ensure you receive the legal advice you need in this crucial time.


Call Lance Andrew, P.C. - Your Trusted Aviation Lawyers in Utah

Aviation litigation is extremely complex, involving in-depth analysis of state, federal, and sometimes international law. Numerous issues can affect the outcome of aircraft litigation: the parties that may be named as defendants, questions of venue, aviation engineering, industry standards, and federal government rules and regulations.

Our experienced personal injury attorneys have dedicated their careers to protecting victims of airplane accidents. Our personal injury law firm is here to help you and your family obtain justice and your rightful recovery.

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