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Aviation accidents are rare, but when they do happen, they end up making the evening news. That’s because aviation accidents usually result in catastrophic injuries. In some tragic cases, fatal crashes claim the lives of everyone on board.

Aviation accidents can be mundane, like a minor bump to the head in heavy turbulence. But generally, they have serious consequences. For survivors, these injuries can include facial injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, amputated limbs, lacerations, scarring, disfigurement, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and burn injuries.

The airplane accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm understand and have experience dealing with complex aviation laws and the unique nature of aviation cases. Whether dealing with someone who has suffered life-altering injuries as a result of an aviation accident or a client who has lost a loved one, we can help victims obtain justice and receive the compensation that they are entitled to.

If you or a loved one has been affected by an aircraft accident, it's imperative that you contact one of our plane crash lawyers now at 800-522-7274!


Common Causes of Airplane Accidents in California

Aviation accidents often happen due to human error. Whether it’s a mistake on the part of the pilot or air traffic controller, the human element is the first factor taken into consideration when trying to determine the cause of the accident. But every possible reason for the crash must be examined.

  • Pilot Error – The pilot of any airborne vehicle must undergo extensive training before being allowed to fly. Helicopter or airplane pilots are required to have a certain number of hours flying and instruction before they can obtain their license. Instances of inexperienced pilots crashing do occur. This is especially true of pilots of small aircraft or if they find themselves in bad weather conditions with low visibility.
  • Air Traffic Controller Error – We’ve all seen examples of overworked, stressed air traffic controllers in TV shows and movies. This image of the profession is common because the reality is that they are responsible for the lives of so many people on a daily basis. Just one mistake on the part of an air traffic controller can lead to a devastating accident.
  • Mechanical/Equipment Error – There may be many reasons why aircraft or helicopter equipment fail. The possibilities can start in the factory with design defects or an error during the manufacturing stage leading to structural problems. Poorly done faulty repairs or no repairs (negligence) can also cause mechanical or equipment failure.

Types of Aviation Accidents in California

Aviation accidents statistics include more than just national and international commercial flights. They encompass a variety of aircraft including helicopters, small fixed-wing aircraft, cargo flights and military aircraft. Add to that increasingly popular private and charter flights and that makes for some very crowded skies.

Any aircraft accident is complex. There are multiple factors to consider such as the type of aircraft involved, the airspace where the accident occurred and the way an aircraft takes off and lands. VTOL and VSTOL claims generally refer to cases involving helicopter crashes.  These initials are short for:

  • VTOL or “vertical take-off and landing” and refers to aircraft that take off and land straight up and down as opposed to approaching a runway horizontally. Helicopters are the best example of VTOL aircraft.

According to the FAA, the good news is that the helicopter accident rate has dropped every year since 2013. However, helicopters take-off and land much more frequently than airplanes. In addition, pilots are not required to have the same amount of training as an airplane pilot. These two facts make helicopters more susceptible to accidents.

  • VSTOL stands for “vertical and/or short take-off and landing”. These aircraft can hover and can often land on short runways. Many military planes are examples of VSTOL aircraft.

Unlike commercial and private airplanes, helicopters do not always take off or land on a dedicated runway. Poor weather conditions or mechanical failure can mean attempting to come down in a crowded area or over water, often with disastrous results.

Most helicopter accidents happen within a relatively contained area since they don’t usually travel thousands of miles. But airplane accidents can happen anywhere in the world. This can mean navigating complex aviation laws, treaties and regulations when working on a case. Both commercial and private airplanes are subject to these laws. And crashes aren’t the only causes of airplane accidents. Injuries can also happen due to:

  • Heavy turbulence
  • Poorly secured overhead luggage racks
  • Passenger and crew negligence
  • Boarding and deplaning accidents
  • Injuries within the airport itself

Statute of Limitations for Plane Crashes in California

In California, injured parties or the next of kin of someone killed in an aviation accident have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. That’s why it’s important to contact an aviation accident attorney immediately. Waiting can hurt your case. If the deadline for filing or statute of limitations has passed, you lose your right to present a claim, no matter how serious the aviation accident.

Contact a Plane Accident Attorney in California Today to Get the Compensation You Deserve

A good aviation accident attorney has the experience and resources to navigate the complex laws governing this area of personal injury law. Not only must your attorney know the intricacies of aviation law, but they should have access to the investigators, experts and cutting-edge technology needed to present your case strongly and secure the highest, fairest compensation possible.

If you were injured or someone you love was injured or killed in an aviation accident, call Wilshire Law Firm today at (800)522-7274 for a free consultation. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

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