Based in Houston, Texas, the lawyers at Fisher, Boyd, Brown & Huguenrd, LLP handle claims arising out of aviation accidents, including crashes involving commercial jets, private planes, and helicopters. Since the firm was founded in 1966, we have handles or been involved in over 100 aviation cases, including domestic and foreign commercial airplanes, military jets and helicopters, and numerous accidents involving private planes and helicopters. Our firm is recognized across the country as a top-tier civil litigation practice, excelling in trial strategy and innovative evidence presentation techniques.
Recognizing the Complexity of Aviation Litigation
Personal injury lawsuits arising out of aviation accidents generally involve a variety of complicated issues not limited to the numerous state and federal laws that govern the aviation industry. There are many different theories under which an owner, operator, or manufacturer of an airplane or component part may be held liable for an accident, and much depends upon the facts and circumstances surrounding a particular accident, such as whether the aircraft qualifies as a commercial carrier or common carrier subject to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. Common causes of aviation accidents include:
- Pilot error, such as misjudging altitude or flying without proper training in challenging conditions
- Equipment failure
- Manufacturing defects
- Structural or design problems
- Negligence or mistakes of flight service station employees or federal air traffic controllers
- Improper maintenance or failure to repair the aircraft or its components
Along with an in-depth understanding of regulations and common causes of accidents, aviation cases require knowledge of mechanical and technical issues related to aircraft operation. While many accidents are initially attributed to pilot error, it is essential to conduct a thorough investigation of any crash to determine whether pilot error was indeed a factor. Many crewmembers are responsible for maintaining an aircraft in good working order, and negligence on the part of any one of them is potentially disastrous. Furthermore, the airline itself must follow proper procedures regarding training and supervision of its employees, keeping only fit planes in service, and otherwise exercising due care in its operations. Also, the aircraft manufacturer may be liable under a products liability theory due to a defect in the design or manufacture of the craft. Holding the proper party or parties accountable is essential to achieving a just outcome for the injured party, and effecting change to prevent future accidents from occurring.
Damages resulting from aviation accidents almost always involve catastrophic injuries or death. Our litigators regularly handle complex personal injury and wrongful death claims, giving us the expertise to help our clients recover the maximum amount of damages to which they may be entitled.
Seek Experienced, Dedicated Representation
Our firm enjoys a reputation for achieving results in complex litigation matters, a reputation that we do not take for granted. In every matter, we strive to live up to our past successes, always taking the necessary steps to achieve the best results for our clients. Please contact Fisher, Boyd, Johnson & Huguenard, LLP for more information about aviation accidents, potential claims, and legal options.