Alaska Aviation Accidents
When you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in an aviation accident, you have questions on your mind: what caused the accident, could it have been prevented, and what are your rights.
At Denali Law, it’s our goal to find you the answers you need, and ultimately maximize your financial recovery. That’s why we approach every case as if it’s going to trial—we work hard to ensure our clients’ rights are protected and the people responsible are held accountable.
Who Is Responsible to Pay for All the Damages I Suffered?
Potentially liable (e.g., legally responsible) and negligent parties vary depending on the cause of the aircraft accident. The owner and operator of the aircraft certainly may be liable; manufacturers or maintenance suppliers may be liable in certain circumstances; even the federal government can have some responsibility in an aircraft accident or aircraft collision.
At least once every day there is a safety-related incident, or threat reported in the U.S. with the majority of incidents going unreported.
Strict Liability in Aviation Catastrophes
While pilot error usually plays a part in aircraft victim’s claims, problems with the aircraft or its component parts may also contribute to the accident or the severity of injuries suffered. In those cases, the aircraft manufacturer, or the manufacturer of an aircraft component part, may share some legal blame along with the negligent pilots for the crashes or for the injuries the accident caused under the legal theory of strict liability.
Airplane Accidents and Injuries Resource Links
The Department of Transportation (DOT) Aviation Consumer Protection Division Oversees consumer issues related to air travel:
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Responsible for ensuring the manufacture, operation, and maintenance of all aircraft meet minimum safety and other standards and all current regulations.
The National Transportation Board (NTSB) Responsible for improving air travel safety by investigating all accidents and problems related to the aviation industry and recommending any changes that may be necessary.