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General Aviation Airplane Crash Cases
Most air crashes occur in general aviation flights with privately owned and operated aircraft. General aviation airplane crashes result from a wide range of causes, such as pilot negligence, pilot error, poorly designed aircraft, defective parts or faulty maintenance. Litigation involving general aviation accidents will likely focus on a number of possible causes and involve several defendants.
Unlike commercial air carriers, private or general aviators are not required by federal law to maintain a heightened standard of care toward passengers. The law treats a general aviation pilot much like the operator of a motor vehicle, requiring that the pilot use reasonable care to prevent accident or injury. Even in cases in which a general aviation pilot agrees to carry a fare-paying passenger, only the common rules of negligence and due care with respect to the maintenance and inspection of the aircraft apply.
After any air crash, legal claims may involve pilot error, air traffic control mistakes, faulty manufacture and maintenance, unsafe flying and weather conditions, defective onboard computers or software, instrument failure or fuel tank explosions.
The challenges of proving causation can be complex. Yet, by applying their wealth of expertise in general aviation, airplane crash lawyers at Slack & Davis have successfully represented clients in a number of challenging cases. At times, general aviation recoveries can be more substantial than typical recoveries from commercial air accidents. Specific results depend on the facts of each case. Contact our general aviation airplane crash lawyers to learn more.