Aviation Accidents FAQ

Who can be held liable for damages and injury resulting from an aviation accident

It depends on the cause of the accident. If it was pilot error, the pilot could be held accountable. If the aircraft was faulty, the manufacturer or maintenance provider, which is usually the company the aircraft belongs to, can be proven liable.

What is the NTSB and what do they do?

The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent federal agency that is responsible for thoroughly investigating the causes of every civil aviation and passenger transportation accident in the United States. It also provides safety recommendations to prevent future accidents, and supplies investigators for accident inquiries involving US aircraft and other passenger vehicles outside of the country.

What if I was injured in a government owned aircraft?

If the cause of the accident is determined to be a government owned aircraft or employee, the United States can be held responsible under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

What are the most common causes of aviation accidents?

The most common causes include pilot error, faulty equipment, FAA regulations violations, flight service negligence, air traffic controller negligence and maintenance or repair negligence.

Do the same aviation laws apply to commercial and private aircrafts?

No, the laws are different. Private aircrafts are governed by general aviation laws, and airline and military aircraft are subject to different legal standards. Due to these distinctions, you will need a highly trained and experienced aviation lawyer to represent you.

Aviation accidents are often life-altering events. During this difficult time you should be focused on recovering from physical injury and emotional distress. By calling Tichenor and Dziuba, you can rest assured that your case will be handled by experts who understand your rights and your legal entitlements. Call us today for a free consultation.