San Antonio Aviation Accident Lawyers

Plane & Helicopter Accident Law Firm Serving San Antonio & Beyond

Few cases are as complex as those that involve aviation accidents. Regardless of whether an airplane accident occurred during a commercial flight, if a helicopter accident endangered offshore workers who were on their way to an oil rig, or if an accident occurred at an airport, these cases can require someone who is comfortable taking on large, complicated cases against giant corporations. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, our lawyers have earned a reputation over the years for being able to do just that. We can help investigate serious accidents to determine the truth—figuring out who is actually responsible—and then work tirelessly to fight for the justice that our team deserves.

If you would like to learn more about how our firm can help in serious cases such as this, you should not hesitate to contact a member of our legal team. Call (888) 493-1629 today.

Protecting the Victims of Aviation Accidents

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Who Can Be Held Liable for Plane & Helicopter Accidents?

In order to determine liability in aviation accidents, several factors must be considered including the intended flight path, whether or not the aircraft underwent proper maintenance, and even the mental and physical state of the pilot. 

Potential responsible parties may include:

  • Pilots: Pilot error is one of the most common causes of aviation accidents. Whether due to misjudgment, lack of experience, or failure to comply with protocols, pilots can be held accountable for actions that lead to accidents.
  • Aircraft Manufacturers: Manufacturers might be liable if the accident was caused by defects in the design or manufacturing of the aircraft. This includes all components of the aircraft, from engines to electronic systems. Our legal team works with aviation engineering experts to investigate and prove defects in aircraft design or production.
  • Maintenance Providers: Improper or negligent maintenance can lead to catastrophic failures. Entities responsible for the maintenance of the aircraft can be held liable if their failure caused or contributed to the accident.
  • Air Traffic Controllers: Air traffic control plays a crucial role in air travel safety. If errors by air traffic controllers, such as providing incorrect information or failing to manage traffic properly, lead to an accident, they can be held liable.
  • Airlines: Airlines are responsible for the overall safety of their flights. This includes hiring qualified personnel, ensuring proper aircraft maintenance, and following safety protocols. They can be held liable for negligence.
  • Airport Management Companies: Sometimes, the condition of the airport itself, including runway maintenance, can contribute to accidents. Airport management can be held liable for negligence in maintaining airport infrastructure.
  • Federal Government: In some cases, government entities such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may be held liable, especially if the accident was due to failures in regulatory oversight or non-compliance.

Identifying the liable parties in an aviation accident requires a comprehensive investigation and a clear understanding of aviation law and operations. Our San Antonio aviation accident lawyers have the skills and resources to conduct thorough investigations, collaborate with aviation experts, and build strong cases against all liable parties to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they deserve for their suffering and losses. If you need guidance after an aviation accident, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We are here to help you navigate these challenging times.

Time Limits for Filing an Aviation Accident Claim

In Texas, the general statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death claims is two years from the date of the accident or the date of death. However, aviation accident cases can involve complexities that might affect this period.

Some of the complexities that may affect statute of limitations include the following:

  • Government Involvement: If your claim is against a government entity, such as cases involving air traffic control errors or regulatory failures by government agencies, you may need to file a notice of claim much sooner.
  • Product Liability: If the accident was caused by a defective aircraft or part, the statute of limitations might extend longer, depending on when the defect was discovered or should have reasonably been discovered.
  • Minor Plaintiffs: If the victim of an aviation accident is a minor, the statute of limitations may be extended, allowing the minor to file a claim until they reach a certain age, typically 18 years old, after which the standard limit applies.

Committed to Justice for Aviation Accident Victims in San Antonio, Texas

Our team has a formidable track record of advocating for victims of aviation accidents. With a deep commitment to our clients, we strive to achieve the maximum compensation possible, helping them cover medical expenses, loss of income, and other damages. We fight tirelessly to ensure our clients receive the justice they deserve.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a plane or helicopter accident, trust your case to our San Antonio aviation accident attorneys. Contact our team at (888) 493-1629 to learn more.

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