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An overview of aviation accidents

Traveling by plane is a common way for residents in Montana and elsewhere to get around. While many people are aware of the dangers associated with traveling on the roadways, most are under the impression that traveling in the air is much safer. In most cases, air travel is very safe. However, with increasing air traffic there is also an increased risk that something could go wrong and an aviation accident could occur.

Whether you are traveling in a small plane, private aircraft, or commercial airline jet, there are some risks and dangers associated with air travel. The most common causes of a plane accident include pilot error, faulty equipment, Federal Aviation Administration regulation violations, structural or design problems, negligent flight service station employees, negligent federal air traffic controllers, and the negligent third party selection of a carrier

It should be noted that aviation laws cover both major airline carriers and general aviation accidents. This means that if you are involved in an accident in a non-commercial aircraft, business jet, charter flight, pleasure craft, helicopter, or a hang glider, then you are protected by these laws the same way you would be if you were involved in a commercial airline accident.

Those harmed in an aviation accident have the right to pursue legal action against any liable parties. When filing a personal injury claim, it is important to have the incident fully investigated. This can help explain the cause of the accident and which party or parties are likely liable. Filing such an action does not only hold a negligent party accountable, but helps an injured party recover compensation for losses and damages.

Source: FindLaw, "Aviation Accidents - Overview," accessed April 9, 2017

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