Air travel is anticipated to double over the next two decades, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As air traffic escalates, the risk of passengers being involved in an aviation accident also increases.
In general, air travel is one of the safest modes of transportation. However, when accidents do happen they usually result in many fatalities. Most people do not realize that smaller, less publicized accidents that involve private aircrafts are more common than larger, commercial crashes.
Both air commercial and private aircrafts are covered under aviation law. These include:
- Small planes
- Large business jets
- Charter flights
- Pleasure crafts
- Hang gliders
One of the most challenging things the family of an aviation victim faces is the determining what happened to make the plane go down. The most common causes of aviation crashes include:
- Pilot error
- Faulty equipment
- Fuel that has been contaminated
- Violations of FAA regulations
- Structural or design problems
- Improper maintenance
- Negligence of air controllers or flight service station employees
- Defective parts
Different levels of care
Commercial aircraft carriers must demonstrate a high standard of care when operating a major aircraft. However, the federal regulations and safety standards that commercial aircraft pilots must exercise to not apply to pilots of smaller planes and private helicopters. These operators must only display reasonable care toward passengers.
There are other factors that differ between private and commercial pilots and aircrafts, which may contribute to a number of private aviation crashes. These include:
- Inspection duties
- Maintenance requirements
- Training requirements
- Safety measures
Protecting your rights
Aviation accident claims can be incredibly complex cases involving multiple parties. If you or a loved one has been involved in an aviation accident, our Boise aviation attorneys will work quickly to resolve your case. We will interview witnesses, collect evidence such as wreckage and radar information, and investigate who or what is responsible for the crash.
At Craig Swapp & Associates we will protect your rights during interviews with law enforcement, insurance companies, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). If you live in the Boise area and you or a family member has been impacted by an aviation accident, please contact our Boise aviation accident attorneys for a complimentary, confidential consultation.
Craig Swapp & Associates
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2939 N. Cole Rd.
Boise, ID 83704