Domestic Plane Crash Claims in Texas
Flying is typically safe. However, like driving, there is a risk that something will go wrong or the person in charge will not operate the vehicle safely. There is always a small chance that someone will cause an accident, and when they do, you have the right to seek compensation.
Pilot error and other factors led to 121 aviation incidents in Texas in 2016, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The year began with a non-fatal accident in Ingleside and ended with two small planes colliding in air on the last day of the year, causing three fatalities. More than 30 individuals lost their lives in plane crashes in Texas in 2016. Yet you hardly consider the risk of a plane crash until it affects you. When you or a loved one are hurt in a plane accident, the best move you can make is to work with a Houston aviation accident lawyer who can follow through with your domestic plane crash claim.
Our airplane accident lawyers have decades of experience representing individuals in these types of cases. Whether you were the only passenger in a privately hired plane or you were one of many passengers in a commercial flight crossing Texas, we can help you learn who is responsible for the accident and recover compensation. Call us today at 281-283-8500 .
How Do I Know My Flight Was Domestic?
Flights are either domestic or international. If your flight began and ended in the U.S., it is a domestic flight. If at any point it left the U.S. and land in another country, such as Canada or Mexico, then it is an international flight. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we can help you seek compensation after both domestic and international flights, whether they were private or commercial. No matter your situation, we are here to help.
Common Causes of Domestic Plane Crashes
There are a number of common causes of plane crashes in the U.S., such as:
- Pilot error, including loss of control of the plane or collision with a plane, structure, or terrain
- Pilot’s lack of necessary training or credentials
- Pilot flew during poor weather or environmental conditions
- Pilot intoxication from alcohol, controlled substances, prescriptions, or over-the-counter medications
- The airplane or a part was defectively designed
- The airplane or a part was defectively manufactured
- The airline failed to properly maintain or repair the craft
- The maintenance provider failed to properly maintain or repair the craft
- Air traffic control made a mistake
- Miscommunication between air traffic control and pilot
Who May Be Liable?
To determine who is liable for a domestic plane accident, we must first determine the reason for the crash that caused your injuries. We will work with state and federal investigators as well as hire third-party experts to identify what went wrong and led to the accident. Once we have identified the exact cause of the plane crash, we can determine which individual or business was responsible.
Parties who are commonly liable for domestic plane crashes include the:
- Maintenance provider
- Air traffic controller
- Plane designer
- Plane or part manufacturer
Your Legal Options After a Domestic Plane Crash
If you were injured in a domestic plane crash, you may have the right to recover compensation through a personal injury claim. Depending on the outcome of the crash investigation, we may advise you to work through the insurance claim process or file a personal injury claim in court. The right path to your recovery depends on many factors. We will guide you through the legal process is necessary to recover:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical limitations
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
If you lost a loved one in a domestic plane crash, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit or a survival action against the responsible party. We will explain the differences between these two types of claims and the legal process that follows each. During both of these claims, we will help you ask for:
- Medical costs
- Funeral expenses
- Financial losses due to the loss of your loved one’s contribution to the family
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
When Should I Work With a Texas Attorney?
There are many reasons to work with a Texas aviation attorney for your domestic plane crash claim. If your accident took place in Texas, your claim may move forward in Texas courts. You will want an attorney who knows the state’s laws well and is familiar with the local court systems.
However, there are also times when you will want a Texas attorney even if the crash took place in another state. You may live in Texas and need an attorney who is nearby. It can be difficult to communicate with a lawyer multiple states away. Whether or not you live in Texas, you may want an in-state attorney if the responsible party is headquartered or does a substantial amount of business here.
If you or your claim is connected to Texas, contact us right away. We can work with you to investigate the crash and determine whether you would need to bring a claim in Texas or another state.
How a Houston Aviation Accident Lawyer Can Help
When you have been hurt in a plane accident or you lost a loved one, you should work with an experienced Houston aviation accident lawyer from The Krist Law Firm, P.C. as soon as possible. Plane accidents, whether they are domestic or international, private or commercial, become complicated. Investigations into the cause of the accident take time. Gathering evidence to support your claim demands resources and dedication. We are willing and able to oversee these steps and protect your rights for however long it takes to find out what happened and seek a successful end to your claim.
To learn more about how the aviation accident lawyers of The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can help, call us today at 281-283-8500 to schedule a free consultation.