While the technological advancements in aviation and aviation safety improves by the decade, airline disasters can happen from time to time. When they do occur, the consequences are almost always catastrophic. The FAA estimates that over the next twenty years, airline traffic will double. As airline travel increases, so do the chances of disasters occurring while in the air or on the runway.
Common Causes of Airplane Disasters
There are many reasons why airline disasters can occur, including but not limited to:
- Mechanical failure
- Pilot error
- Severe weather
- Air traffic control errors
- Military intervention (foreign or domestic)
- Lack of proper maintenance
When an airline disaster occurs, the investigation falls upon the shoulders of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Whereas the FAA enforces regulations and sets airline standards, the NTSB investigates crashes and makes safety recommendations to the FAA.
After an airline disaster, the insurance companies of the airlines typically contact the surviving family members to make a cash settlement offer. Oftentimes, these offers can be extremely low and insulting to the lives lost from the disaster. Insurance companies only have the best interests of their clients and shareholders in mind. Therefore, you should seek out advice from an experience aviation law firm prior to accepting any cash settlement or signing any documents the insurance company might present to you.
Herrmann Law Group’s Airline Disaster Case Results
Here are a few examples of international and national airline disaster-related cases that we’ve represented at Herrmann Law Group:
- Korean Air flight KE 801 in 1997, recovered in excess of $92 million dollars for 56 families of the victims of the crash of Korean Air flight KE 801 on August 6, 1997 near Agana, Guam.
- Korean Airlines disaster in 1983 or “KAL 007,” recovered $10 million dollars for one family and several million more for the rest of the clients.
- $4 million dollars recovered for the family of a Korean Air Force Major killed in a tragic accident at the National Test Pilot School in California.
- China Airlines flight CI 611, successfully represented the families of 61 people killed in the disintegration of China Airlines flight CI 611 over the Straight of Taiwan.
National & International Airline Disaster Law Firm
Before filing a claim against a private or commercial airline, there are multiple factors that need to be taken into consideration. For example, if the disaster occurs in a country outside the United States, certain laws may apply. Sometimes an investigation will need to be undertaken, as the airlines or even the government may attempt to block discovery of key evidence.
When it comes to airline disaster cases, experience is the top priority. You will need the legal guidance of an experienced and passionate personal injury law firm, with a deep knowledge and understanding of both national and international aviation law.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an airline disaster, contact Herrmann Law Group immediately to find out the next steps in your airline disaster case. While we have law offices in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, our team can support you from anywhere in the world.