Today’s Devastating Plane Crash Raises Issues of Aviation Law and Liability

This afternoon, our Chicago aviation accident attorneys were devastated by the news of a colossal airplane accident that may have killed as many as 153 people. Authorities have not yet established a final death count on today’s crash, but have announced that they are not expecting to find survivors, reported MSNBC.

Local reports also indicate that, in addition to passengers and crew aboard the plane, an unknown number of civilians may have also been killed at the location where the plane went down. MSNBC reports that the aircraft crashed into a building and broke into two before burning up; at least three buildings were severely damaged, and people inside were likely to be hurt as well.

Although it’s still too early to officially proclaim the cause of the accident, witnesses stated that the plane may have hit a power line, despite good visibility in clear and sunny weather. Additionally, the plane had been undergoing repairs for several weeks, said MSNBC.

If it is found that the pilot was responsible for the crash, either by negligence or recklessness in the way he flew the plane, the commercial airline may be held liable for the pilot’s actions and for injuries that resulted from the crash. An important concept in Illinois personal injury law is the idea that corporations are responsible for training and supervising their employees; therefore when the employees’ actions cause injury to others, the company may be liable for the damages those injuries cause. In the event that wrongful death lawsuits are filed on behalf of the families of the deceased victims, family members might be seeking damages in the form of lost companionship and future lost wages.

If, on the other hand, investigations reveal that the airplane’s equipment was faulty, under notions of products liability law, either the manufacturer of the airplane or the company who was responsible for its repairs may be liable for damages resulting from the tragic deaths. The airline would be responsible for maintaining safe equipment, and if their failure to do so led to the crash, they could be held legally responsible for the deaths.

Our Chicago wrongful death attorneys represent clients across Illinois who have suffered personal injuries or lost loved ones in aviation accidents. Our attorneys have extensive experience with the unique challenges and complexities of aviation law, which has enabled us to achieve many multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients, including a $2.33 million settlement for the family of a pilot whose Cessna plane crashed due to a defective carburetor part. Our attorneys understand that these accidents can be emotionally traumatizing for victims and their families, and our attorneys have the compassion and experience to help their clients through the legal process of recovering damages.

In order to be successful in complex aviation accidents, our attorneys have relied on close, long-standing relationships with renowned aviation experts and other industry personnel that have proven to be an invaluable asset to clients seeking their rightful damages. A successful outcome in aviation accident litigation requires an understanding of the all the various issues that arise when an aviation accident occurs. If you or a loved one have been injured in an airplane, helicopter, or other aircraft accident, contact an attorney immediately to understand your rights under the law.

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