It is always difficult to hear another report about an airliner crash. Most of us take advantage of commercial air travel or enjoy sightseeing in smaller aircraft, and we cringe at the thought of a plane going down. Pilot error is the cause of almost half of all aviation accidents, and mechanical failure is another common cause. If human negligence or faulty equipment results in injury or death in a plane accident, the victims and families should file an aviation accident lawsuit. The Austin attorneys at Ely & Reed, Nick Reed and Michael Ely, are experienced in aviation law, and concentrate on helping plane accident plaintiffs. If your family has been the victim of an aviation accident, contact us today for a free consultation.
About Aviation Accidents
For the most part, air travel is quite safe - safer than riding in a car in a metropolitan area. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates the industry, enforcing strict safety standards, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) thoroughly investigates plane crashes to help prevent future accidents.
A safe flight depends upon several factors. In addition to the pilots in the cockpit, we rely on maintenance personnel, air traffic controllers, and the many parts and components that comprise an airplane. Aviation accidents can be caused by:
- Pilot error
- Equipment failure
- Design or manufacturing defects
- Maintenance oversights
- Fueling errors
- Air traffic controller mistake
- Servicing errors
In an aviation accident lawsuit, there can be many defendants, including the U.S. government. The government becomes a party if negligent actions were performed by a federal employee, such as an air traffic controller or flight service station employee. Manufacturers, fuel suppliers, repair companies - any can be held accountable if they play a role in an airplane disaster.
Experienced Aviation Attorneys
The attorneys at Ely & Reed have years of experience in personal injury law, including aviation accident cases. Michael Ely and Nick Reed both have experience working the defense side of civil litigation, giving them an insider’s view of the opposing side’s legal strategies. As our track record of past results shows, we use these insights to our client’s advantage. With the help of certified aviation experts, we work to establish necessary evidence and build a solid case. If need be, we are more than prepared to take a case to trial.
Attorney Reed’s background includes over 1,000 flight hours as a licensed commercial pilot. This makes him uniquely qualified to analyze the facts in aviation accidents. In addition to representing plaintiffs involved in a plane crash, he offers legal counsel to pilots and maintenance workers undergoing FAA reviews.
Ely & Reed works on a contingency fee basis, so you will never be billed for attorneys fees and costs unless a settlement or jury award is attained. We also do personal injury work for motor vehicle accidents, including car, truck and bicycle accidents, dog bites, gas explosions and nursing home abuse. If you need legal representation for a personal injury, contact us today for a free consultation.