Commercial planes operate under a body of laws known to apply to so-called “common carriers.” Because commercial airlines open themselves up to the public, they are bound by a higher duty than private planes and other non-public travel entities. According to the law, a common carrier is any business that engages in the transport of either people or cargo for compensation. With this in mind, commercial airlines, as well as buses and trains, are regulated by a combination of state and federal law. In general, because of their status as common carriers, commercial airlines are expected to exercise a higher duty of care in transporting passengers, and when they fail to exercise that duty of care, they are often held liable in court.
Whenever there is an airplane crash, the first step will be to uncover just what caused the accident. Because of the complex nature of planes and the many different elements that can cause a crash, it can be very difficult to uncover the single thing that brought the plane down. Evidence is often destroyed, so it can be tough to tell whether mechanical error, pilot error, design flaws, or even unforeseen weather conditions caused the crash. Once the various agencies complete their investigation of all available evidence, they will make a determination on the crash’s cause. From there, it is possible to determine whether there is a basis for a lawsuit.
Whenever a plane crash happens, there are likely to be many things on your mind before ever calling a lawyer. The truth, however, is that timing can be critical to the success of any potential lawsuit. It is important to obtain evidence that can lead to a successful suit, and those who call early tend to have the best chance. We recognize that you will be dealing with a tremendous number of difficult tasks in the wake of any plane crash. Most end in death, or at the very least, serious injury. If you or a loved one has been in a plane crash, Funk & Associates is here to help. Call our Austin personal injury law firm as quickly as possible after a crash and our investigative team will come to your aid.
For a list of accident and incident data from the most recent plane accidents, please visit the Federal Aviation Administration website.
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