Pursuing Compensation After A Small Airplane Crash
Did you lose a loved one or suffer serious injuries in a small airplane crash? Turn to a trusted aviation accident law firm, Angelley PC, to learn about legal aspects of recovery. I am trial lawyer William Angelley, a former U.S. Navy pilot with ample experience obtaining compensation for people after small airplane accidents.
There are numerous other tricky issues involved in aviation litigation. I have many years of experience successfully handling general aviation crash cases. Contact me to learn how I may be able to help you.
About General Aviation Aircraft Accidents
If a plane or helicopter is not a commercial or military aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) considers it to be a general aviation aircraft. This category, broadly speaking, involves private flying, when people use their own plane or a rented aircraft for fun or personal or business use. General aviation is governed by a different set of federal regulations than commercial planes, and a skilled aviation accident lawyer should have a commanding grasp of them.
General aviation aircraft are usually smaller planes, but they don’t have to be. A few folks are fortunate enough to own private jets, and as long as the owner does not hire out those jets, they fall into the general aviation category. Most general aviation aircraft, however, are, in fact, smaller. The vast majority of the flying public operates single-engine, propeller-driven planes like the Cessna 172, Piper PA-32 or Cirrus SR20. More experienced pilots may fly twin-engine planes such as the Cessna 421 or the Piper PA-44.
Investigating The Causes Of An Accident
Successfully investigating the cause of a small airplane crash takes experience and resources. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will do the initial investigation, but given the sheer number of general aviation crashes and the NTSB’s limited manpower and resources, those investigations are often not very satisfying and typically end up just blaming the pilot.
While the pilot may be wholly or partly to blame for a small plane crash, most times there was something else going on as well. Poor maintenance; bad design, manufacture or installation of a part; contaminated fuel; and air traffic control issues are all things that need to be evaluated.
Special Issues To Be Aware Of
Small airplane crashes frequently come with unique legal issues as well. For example, if a part was negligently overhauled in Colorado and that part caused a crash that killed two Texas residents on a flight from Florida to Virginia, as the attorney handling that case, I would have to be well-schooled in jurisdictional, venue and choice of law rules.
Per the example described above, if that part was overhauled more than 18 years ago, as your attorney, I would need to contend with the limits of the General Aviation Revitalization Act. This is one example of why my extensive background in this area of the law is so important in my litigation practice.
If I take your small airplane crash injury case, I will keep you informed about all relevant factors that may have an influence on your case outcome. My goal will be to maximize the compensation you receive to help you rebuild your life after an injury or after a family member’s fatality in a small plane crash.
Initial Consultations Are Free
Learn how I can help you after an aviation accident involving a private or commercially operated airplane. Reach me at Angelley PC in Dallas or Santa Fe. Call 214-254-3075 or send an email inquiry to schedule an appointment.