At the earliest stages of air travel, airplanes were fairly simple machines, not much more complex than an automobile, and few but the wealthiest individuals could afford this type of luxury. However, in recent years, particularly following the deregulation of the airplane industry in the 1970s and 80s, air travel has become an increasingly common option for those wishing to travel long distances in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, this can also place these individuals at risk of suffering a serious, possibly life-altering injury.
While aviation accidents are relatively rare, the injury concerns associated with this type of accident are often extremely serious. Even if an individual survives an airplane accident, they may suffer severe burn injuries, broken limbs, paralysis, and other significant medical issues which can have a disastrous impact on the rest of their lives. For this reason, those who suffer injuries in an aviation accident may be entitled to pursue compensation for their losses if the accident was caused by the recklessness or negligence of others.
Common Causes of Airplane Accidents
The extreme complexity of modern airplanes can significantly increase the potential for accidents to occur. Some of the most common preventable causes of airplane accidents include the following:
Air traffic controller error
Because of the extreme danger that airplane accidents can pose to passengers, these and other common causes of airplane accidents cannot and should not be tolerated. Fortunately, civil law allows those who have suffered a plane accident caused by any of these factors to sue for compensation. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries or worse in an airplane accident, contact a Champaign personal injury attorney to discuss the details of your case and learn more about your rights and options under the law.