Airplane travel is generally safe, however, passengers can suffer injuries during boarding, landing, or in flight, with plane crashes being catastrophic.
State and federal legislation, not to mention case law, make aviation accident claims one of the more complex areas of legal practice. Fortunately, our RI airplane accident lawyers are up to the challenge. We believe that airlines, airports, airplane manufacturers, and their personnel should be held accountable if their misconduct or carelessness cause harm to others.
With our track record and experience, Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. is positioned to deliver results to victims and their families.
Call our office at (401) 200-4059 for a free consultation of your aviation accident case.
Retain an Attorney With Experience in Aviation Accident Claims
With such high stakes, aviation litigation can be an intense and complex process. Additionally, aviation accidents can involve multiple parties, including major airline companies, insurance providers, state and federal agencies, and administrative bodies such as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Aviation accident attorneys must carefully analyze a broad spectrum of state and federal laws and regulations.
At Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C., our Rhode Island airplane accident attorneys help individuals and families who suffered because of pilot or airline negligence. We have worked in this field of law for over 40 years, setting records in Rhode Island for the verdicts and settlements we have secured through our efforts. Our firm has always placed the utmost importance on professionalism, integrity, and results.
Advantages of choosing our firm:
- Over $1 billion recovered in verdicts and settlements
- Recognized by Best Lawyers & Super Lawyers
- Free consultations and no upfront attorney fees
Catastrophic & Fatal Plane Crashes Caused by Pilot Error
Although flying remains the safest mode of transportation, many commercial airline pilots are overworked. So far, humans are still piloting commercial airliners – and humans are not exempt from making mistakes. But a pilot’s mistake can mean dire consequences for the souls aboard an aircraft.
The number of plane crashes that directly result from pilot error is not insignificant. Major incidents can occur at any point of the flight. Aircraft take-off and landings are especially risky because the human pilot assumes complete control throughout those maneuvers.
The following are common types of pilot errors:
- Illness. Any major illness that can compromise a pilot’s mental and physical capacity;
- Medication. Pharmaceuticals can dull a pilot’s senses and undermine their awareness;
- Stress. Stress can impair a pilot’s judgment and distract from their performance;
- Alcohol or drugs. It goes without saying that alcohol and narcotics can significantly compromise a pilot’s perception and judgment;
- Fatigue. A barely-conscious, sleep-deprived pilot cannot perform essential duties during flight;
- Emotion. Like stress, certain emotional or psychological conditions can disrupt the pilot’s ability to methodically carry out flight procedures;
- External distractions. A pilot’s attention can be diverted by unnecessary radio chatter, cellphone use, personal conversations, and eating or drinking;
- Miscommunication. Improper communication can lead to a confused flight crew or misunderstandings with air traffic control (ATC) regarding revisions to take-off and/or landing procedure, flight path modifications and course corrections, or important weather information; and
- Failure to observe protocol. Flight protocols are established to reduce and/or eliminate risks by ensuring that flight crews carefully operate all aircraft.
In-flight Injuries & Negligence
Injuries that occur during flight can be complicated. You may wonder who is at fault and what steps you need to take to ensure you are protected. Injuries from falling luggage, airplane turbulence, and/or food-cart run-ins are all connected to airline negligence.
Passengers can be injured on a flight for one or more of the following reasons:
- Most commonly, in-flight injuries are caused by luggage falling from overhead bins.
- Food carts can sometimes injure seated passengers by striking shoulders, elbows, knees, or feet as they are pushed by.
- Turbulence can injure passengers who are thrown from their seats or moving about the cabin.
Because airlines are "common carriers", entities that carry the general public for a fee, their flight attendants, pilots, maintenance workers, and ground crew member are required to act with extra vigilance and attention to ensure the safety of their passengers.
To determine if your injury resulted from negligence, you must prove that the defendant was careless in their actions and that the law required the defendant to be reasonably careful.
If you were injured in an in-flight accident that you believe was caused by negligence, you may have a case. You should not have to pay for your damages or losses due to the carelessness of someone else. Let our Rhode Island airplane accident attorneys at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. assist you so you can receive the maximum compensation possible.
Find out how a Rhode Island airplane accident lawyer can assist you. Call (401) 200-4059 today.