Aviation is among the safest forms of travel. However, when accidents do occur, they can be catastrophic. In 2014, 761 people were killed in commercial airline accidents worldwide, according to the Aviation Safety Network. This number includes the loss of both Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine and TransAsia Airways Flight 222 in Taiwan. However, when general aviation is taken into account, the numbers are significantly higher. The National Transportation Safety Board found that in 2011, 94 percent of fatal aviation accidents occurred in general aviation, which includes small planes flown by both amateur and professional pilots. Statistics from the N.T.S.B. show that general aviation aircraft average nearly 7 accidents per 100,000 flight hours, compared with an average of 0.16 accidents per 100,000 hours for commercial airlines. The N.T.S.B. records an average of 1,500 general aviation accidents a year, resulting in nearly 450 fatalities.
Aviation and airplane accidents require attorneys skilled in aviation personal injury law who know the regulations governing air travel and can establish cause, identify contributing factors, and prove negligence. Our attorneys and subject matter experts have decades of experience investigating and litigating aviation accidents and finding the truth.
The trial lawyers at Buckner + Miles have broad experience representing those injured in aviation accidents and the families of those killed. We have tried cases in state and federal courts in Florida and around the United States against both private defendants and public entities responsible for aviation accidents. We have handled cases involving both private aircraft and commercial airlines, and those involving air traffic controllers working for the Federal Aviation Administration and private contractors. We work to ensure that survivors and loved ones receive the compensation to which they are entitled.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an aviation accident, contact the Florida aviation accident attorneys at Buckner + Miles today by calling (305) 964-8003 for a free evaluation of your case. Or, you can fill out the contact form on our website, and someone from the firm will contact you.