Airplanes are one of the safest modes of travel and are much safer than cars. However, plane crashes do occur and are fatal in a minority of cases. If your loved one has passed away as a result of a plane crash, your right to seek compensation for the loss of your loved one depends on whether your wrongful death attorney can prove that the accident was the result of negligence and which parties are at fault.
Common Forms of Negligence with Plane Crashes
One common form of negligence is when the pilot makes an error. Your attorney will need to prove that the pilot's actions deviated from the normal standards of aviation. Around half of all airplane crashes are the result of pilot error. The manufacturer might not have designed the airplane properly and this lead to the pilot not being able to safely keep it up in the air. Planes are very complex and a small defect in the design of an airplane can lead to it crashing.
If the airplane was serviced by a third party, the maintenance technician who performed the repairs might have made a mistake and damaged the airplane further. Mechanical failure is a leading cause of airplane crashes. Because airplanes can be complex, it's difficult to understand why they could've crashed without the help of a wrongful death lawyer.
Class Action Lawsuits
Given that there are likely many individuals who have been adversely affected by the plane crash, you will likely be able to enter into a class-action lawsuit. By doing so, it will be more practical to resolve several lawsuits at once than to resolve all of them individually. The cases will be operating under a similar set of facts so there's no reason for the courts to treat them as separate cases.
Regardless of whether or not you will be able to enter into a class-action lawsuit, act quickly after your loved one has passed away due to a plane crash. The evidence you will need to prove your case might be destroyed. Fortunately, a wrongful death attorney can take steps to make sure that the evidence is preserved.
You will also not want to wait too long because there is a statute of limitations for when you will be able to file a wrongful death claim. Even if you are busy recovering from the loss of your loved one, an attorney can handle your case for you.