At the Bostic Law Firm, we represent individuals injured in aviation accidents involving all categories of aircraft: recreational, corporate, and commercial airplanes. Leveraging years of experience, Mr. Bostic’s personal aviation experience, and a detailed knowledge of state and federal personal injury laws, our attorneys work to provide you with the advice you need to understand your rights when you have been injured in aviation accident.
The most dangerous 11-minutes of any flight are the three minutes after takeoff (referred to as “plus three minutes”) and the eight minutes before landing (referred to as “negative eight minutes”). According to information collected by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) this plus three and minus eight periods is when 80% of all aviation accidents occur. This is a sobering reality given that many people tend to ignore the instructions of a flight crew. Leading aircraft manufactures have complied a list of the most common factors contributing to aviation accidents and injuries include:
Clearly, these factors are beyond the control of passengers. However, some factors can be controlled. The following is a list of actions you can take to reduce your risk of injury if you are involved in an aviation accident.
According to the FAA, "The safest place for your child on an airplane is in a government-approved child safety restraint system (CRS) - not on your lap. Unfortunately, many airlines offer free or reduced fares for children under two years old. Avoid this potentially deadly temptation! Few parents would dare to drive their child without bugling them into a car seat or seatbelt, much less ride with their child in their lap. In other words, human arms are poor substitutes for an approved aircraft CRS. Play it safe and pay for the extra seat.
The safety restraint system in modern aircrafts also protects adults from injury during flight. The reality is that an aircraft does not have to crash in order for you or your family to be injured. Turbulence is the number-one cause of nonfatal aviation accidents. Simply said, most aviation injuries are caused by passengers who are not safely buckled in. In fact, recent scientific studies have concluded that the amount of moderate to extreme turbulence experienced during air flights has increased by 10% to 40% since the mid-1960s. Those same studies attribute an increase in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. The clear conclusion to these facts is obvious - buckle up and stay buckled during your flight!
Commercial aircrafts fly on tight schedule, the result is that there is often little time to clean the aircraft before a flight. Given that cold and influenza viruses can live for days on some surfaces, airplanes that have not been property cleaned by supervised personnel can become a breeding ground for germs – including MRSA. A recent investigation by the Wall Street Journal concluded that some airlines were only washing the blankets once every month. Thus, if you become sick following air travel, you may have reason to believe that it was the result of an unclean aircraft. If you discover that seat pockets contain dirty tissues used by previous passengers, tray tables that have not been disinfected, or aircraft blankets that smell, Contact our office for advice. In the meantime, carrying antibacterial wipes may help.
Reports have definitively shown that passengers who sit within five rows of an emergency exit have a significantly higher chance of evacuating an aircraft during an emergency. With this in mind, make it a practice to count the number of rows between your seat and the nearest emergency exit when you board an aircraft. In the event of an accident, and if your visibility is impaired, you will still be able to find your way out of the airplane. Federal law mandates that all commercial airline passengers be capable of evacuating an aircraft in 90 seconds.
Our Charleston aviation accident attorneys will work closely with you to determine the cause of the accident, and to build your strong case to get you the money you deserve. Our personal injury attorneys will conduct a detailed investigation into the events leading to your injuries, consulting with aviation and accident experts for support. Any evidence demonstrating the negligence of the airline or pilot(s) will be used to attempt negotiate a settlement that covers your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. If an acceptable settlement cannot be reached, we will take your case to court to pursue a judgment in your favor.