Private planes are smaller airplanes that are used to transport smaller groups of people. Unlike larger commercial air flight, private aviation can sometimes be regulated less strictly. For instance, private plane owners can often perform basic repairs on their planes, whereas larger commercial airliners must be serviced by licensed mechanics. This can sometimes heighten the risks of crashes or accidents. Private plane crashes can involve serious injury and fatalities due to the smaller size of the plane.
In these cases, legal action may be filed to determine liability for the private plane crash, and to provide legal remedies for the injured or deceased parties.
Who can be Held Liable for a Private Plane Crash?
There can be many different factors that contribute to a private plane crash. Depending on these factors, liability may be found with different parties. One of the main factors in many private plane crashes is pilot error or negligence. If a pilot is found to have been negligent (for instance, disregarding proper flight safety laws), they may be held liable for injury to passengers and/or property damage caused by the crash. DUI (flying while drunk) can also be a factor in some cases.
In other cases, the crash may have been caused by some defect or failure with the airplane or its parts. Here, the manufacturer of the plane or the airplane parts might be held liable if it can be proven that there was some defect that caused the crash. In fact, in any plane crash, authorities will include the plane manufacturer as a party in the investigation, to determine if they can be held liable for defects.
In many cases, businesses rent out private planes for pilots to fly passengers in. Here, the business can be held liable if they know or should have known that one of their rental planes was defective, yet still provided the plane for rental usage.
Are there any Legal Remedies for a Private Plane Crash Incident?
As mentioned, private plane crashes can often result in a civil lawsuit. In these types of lawsuits, the remedy usually involves some form of monetary damages award to compensate the injured party for losses (or to compensate survivors). The damages may cover losses such as hospital and medical bills, lost wages, costs associated with property damage, and other losses.
In cases where many persons were injured by the same issue (such as a defective plane part), a class action lawsuit may be filed.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Private Plane Crash Lawsuit?
Aviation laws can be complex, and plane crashes can involve a number of different causes and factors. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a lawsuit. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and representation throughout the process.