Traveling by land or sea may be the way you prefer to get from here to there, but sometime you may have to make your way to another state or country quickly. Flying on a commercial airplane can come in handy. By opting to travel by air, though, you have to be prepared in case you are involved in an aviation accident.
You should thank your lucky stars if you survived one! You should also know how to exercise your legal rights as a passenger of the aircraft. Here are some steps you can take to ensure you’re properly compensated for damages and injuries you incurred during an aviation accident.
1.) File a lawsuit against the pilot of the commercial airplane.
The burden of care to all passengers and crew inside a commercial airplane falls on the pilot. If the pilot of the commercial airplane that you flew on relied strictly on autopilot mode or succumbed to jet lag, he or she can be found negligent as an aircraft operator responsible for hundreds of lives. In this situation, you can sue him or her for negligence and demand rightful compensation from the pilot’s insurance provider.
2.) You and your fellow survivors can file a class-action lawsuit against the airline company that failed to account for the negligence of their pilot, who was responsible for crashing your plane.
Aside from lodging a formal complaint against the pilot of the commercial aircraft that you were a passenger on, you can sue the airline company that employed the pilot. As airline companies have access to large amounts of money, they can easily pay for a top-notch legal team who can defend them from your lone complaint, so you should partner with other survivors of the aviation accident and file a class-action lawsuit against the airline company itself.
3.) Last but not least, you can file a lawsuit against the air traffic controller who was responsible for ensuring the commercial airplane that you were a passenger on landed smoothly.
The aviation accident you were involved in might not be the fault of the pilot of the commercial airplane. Instead, the air traffic controller who potentially mismanaged the flow of all incoming aircraft could be the culprit. You can sue that Federal Aviation Administration employee under the Federal Tort Claims Act, but you should prepare yourself, since the government can make you jump through circles with lots of red tape and reports in their attempt to wash their hands clean of any liability.
The chances of you getting killed in an aviation accident are relatively small – or only one out of approximately 30 million. That low number doesn’t mean that you should forego all safety regulations or suggestions that the commercial airline puts into place for you and fellow passengers. After all, you don’t want your name to be included in the list of passengers who perished after getting caught in an aviation accident. But, if you’ve been a victim of an airplane accident and you’re hoping to be compensated for any injuries that you sustained, you should discuss the above legal considerations with an aviation accident lawyer who can help you win your claim.