Aviation Accident Attorneys in Louisiana
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Although there has been over a century of technological advances in aviation, human error and mechanical malfunctions persist—causing thousands of airplane accidents every year. In 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board reported 1,290 domestic plane accidents. 265 of these flights were fatal, totaling 444 aviation accident fatalities in one year alone. If you were in an aviation accident, the time to act is now.
Call our Baton Rouge, Louisiana office at (888) 493-1629 as soon as possible. The quicker you get legal help, the more likely you will recover crucial evidence from the crash. The Baton Rouge injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin can help.
Aviation Accidents Are Rare But Devastating
1914 saw the first commercial airplane flight. Since then, we have had over 100 years to perfect this form of travel. The result of a century's worth of advancements has made it both a fast and safe way to travel, with aviation fatalities decreasing almost every year. Still, accidents involving airplanes and helicopters happen, and while this may be the safest way to travel, their crashes are among the most catastrophic.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or death from an aviation accident, our team can help by:
- Evaluating your case and offering legal options
- Determining who is at fault for the accident
- Finding third parties that may also be liable for the accident
- Helping you fight for the financial support you need
- Building a strong case to ensure the highest compensation
- Fighting for you against major insurance companies and airlines
Arnold & Itkin is an experienced, confidant legal team. We can answer all of your questions and handle every step of the legal process for you. The best place to start is by contacting competent representation.
Legal Help for Catastrophic Louisiana Helicopter Accidents
Unlike other aircraft, helicopters take off and land vertically, hover, and fly forward and backward. This makes helicopters a valuable mode of transportation for emergency responders, the military, and offshore drilling. However, helicopter accidents can lead to life-changing injuries. In fact, data compiled by the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration revealed more than 140 civil helicopter accidents in 2008. For every 100,000 miles in a helicopter, there is a 40% greater chance of an accident than other aircraft.
Common Causes of Helicopter Accidents
Although airworthiness failures in helicopter accidents are common, this is not the leading cause of crashes. According to Bell Helicopter Textron, between 1985 and 2004, 75% of all accidents were caused by human error. It was also discovered that nearly all human-related accidents were caused by poor judgement.
These are three main causes of helicopter crashes:
- Operation Error: This refers to helicopter accidents caused by human error—usually by the pilot. For example, it could mean the pilot did not operate within the aircraft's operational limitations.
- Mechanical Malfunction: This refers to accidents caused by the failure of a component. This could mean the component was improperly designed, never tested, or manufactured incorrectly.
- Electrical Malfunction: This refers to accidents caused by some malfunction in the electrical components of the aircraft. This can stem from an electrical source that malfunctions, an electrical short, inadequate design, testing, or improper quality control.
Standing Up for Victims of Airplane Crashes in Louisiana
Many aviation accident cases end in a settlement outside of court, but our team prepares each case as if it will go to trial. This attention to building an airtight case makes us prepared for any level of rigorous litigation.
This process starts with a thorough investigation performed by experts.
The first parties we investigate for liability include:
- Pilots - There may have been a safety measure that the pilot neglected or a blatant mistake made.
- Mechanics - The crash may have occurred due to a mechanic's failure to properly inspect or repair parts of the plane or helicopter's equipment.
- Air Traffic Controllers - An air traffic controller may have failed to follow FAA regulations or forced planes to cross flight paths through negligence, carelessness, or wrongdoing.
- Manufacturers - We will trace the equipment back to its manufacturers to see if they are at fault in manufacturing, designing, or approving dysfunctional mechanisms for flight.
Contact Our Louisiana Aviation Accident Attorneys: (888) 493-1629
If you or a loved one are victims of an aviation accident, such as a helicopter crash, it is vital to contact an experienced attorney who can help protect your legal rights. At Arnold & Itkin, we are trial lawyers who are committed to helping our clients recover their losses after life-altering accidents. Regardless of the cause, if we take your case, our Louisiana aviation accident lawyers will work tirelessly to help you and your family obtain the compensation you deserve after the wrongful death of a loved one or personal injury.
Call Arnold & Itkin today at (888) 493-1629 to learn more about obtaining the justice you deserve.