Chicago Airplane Accident Overview

Representing Those Injured in Airplane Accidents

For many decades, the Chicago attorneys of the Phillips Law Offices have been obtaining justice and compensation for clients injured in airplane accidents.

Chicago airplane accident overview

As air traffic increases, so does the risk of an aviation accident. Generally speaking, air travel is a safe means of transportation. However, when accidents occur, they typically result in fatalities.

It is important to note that major airline crashes involving hundreds of passengers only occur a few times a year around the world. Yet, smaller aircraft that carry a handful of people crash much more frequently. In fact, one-engine planes, cargo planes, and propeller planes are involved in accidents each day.

The most common causes of both major carrier and general aviation accidents include:

  • Pilot error
  • Pilots flying under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Faulty equipment
  • Structural or design problems
  • Ignoring FAA regulations
  • Crew negligence
  • Federal air traffic controller negligence
  • Lack of security on the plane

Our Chicago airplane accident lawyers can help determine who is liable

The owner and operator of the aircraft, the manufacturers or maintenance suppliers and even the federal government may bear some responsibility in an aircraft accident.

It is important to remember that aviation litigation is complex. To hold someone responsible for an accident, you must prove that the negligence of the responsible party contributed to the accident. In order to successfully resolve these legal issues, it is critical that you contact an experienced Chicago airplane accident attorney immediately.

Recoverable compensation

If you are involved in an aviation accident case, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries or losses. Keep in mind that many states impose caps on certain categories of damages, limiting a potential recovery. Typical recoverable damages include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earnings potential
  • Past and future pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages
  • Funeral and burial expenses

An experienced Chicago airplane accident lawyer can discuss your legal options if you or a loved one is the victim of an aviation accident.

Airplane accident statistics

  • In 2008, the Air Crash Record Office reported 876 deaths as a result of airplane accidents and 147 separate airplane crashes.
  • If calculated by distance, planes are 62 times safer than cars and trucks. However, if calculated by journey, planes are three times more dangerous than cars.
  • Pilot error causes half of all plane accidents

Phillips Law Offices has been serving injured individuals and families in Illinois for more than 65 years

For experienced, aggressive legal advocates, contact a Chicago airplane accident attorney at the Phillips Law Offices for a free consultation. Call us today at (312) 470-6765 or contact us online. We serve the injured and their families throughout Illinois.