Illinois Aviation Accident Lawyers
Flying can be a thrilling experience, but it also can be terrifying when something goes wrong and an accident happens. When you’re injured in an accident involving an aircraft, you may be unsure where to turn or who is at fault. That’s where our Illinois aviation accident lawyers at The Cates Law Firm, LLC can help. We can take on the complex task of investigating your claims, identifying the responsible party or parties, and holding them accountable for your injuries and losses.
Many people think about crashed commercial jetliners when they hear the terms “aviation accident” or “airplane crash,” but commercial aviation accidents are just one of many types of accidents that could involve aircraft. An accident involving any kind of airborne vehicle is an aviation accident, whether it’s a private airplane crash, helicopter accident, kit plane incident, or even a glider accident.
Our aviation attorneys at The Cates Law Firm, LLC, have the knowledge and skill to handle cases involving any kind of aviation accident. We’re a team of experienced trial lawyers who are passionate about representing injured people, no matter how difficult the case. Contact us today at 618-277-3644, or use our online contact form, to schedule a free consultation with one of our Illinois personal injury lawyers and start your recovery process.
Aviation Accident Facts
Millions of Americans will take to the skies on any given day. This includes those who are flying commercially and those who are flying personal or corporate or rented aircraft. We are all aware of the oft-repeated saying that flying is the safest form of transportation. And, in general, this is accurate for most people. Commercial aviation is considered one of the safest forms of transportation — safer than riding in an automobile.
A common misperception of aircraft accidents is that they all result in fatalities. Since the FAA and NTSB started keeping records, the statistics actually show that in most aircraft accidents, a passenger is far more likely to be injured than killed.
However, these facts may not be of any comfort when you or a loved one is actually involved in an aircraft crash or accident. The consequences of aircraft accidents can often be devastating. This is often due to both the speed at which aircraft travel and the fact that a crash involves much more force than other types of vehicle accidents.
You may be entitled to compensation if the crash was caused by negligence or recklessness, or by defects in the aircraft or its components. Our Illinois aviation accident lawyers can help determine whether you have a case and explain your legal options.
Understanding Aircraft Accident vs. Incident
An aircraft accident is defined, pursuant to the Convention on International Civil Aviation Annex 13, as any event associated with the operation or use of an aircraft in which any person is fatally or seriously injured, the aircraft sustains damage or incurs some structural failure, or the aircraft is missing or rendered inaccessible. An accident is further defined as occurring between the time that anyone boards that aircraft with the intent to fly the craft, continuing until all said people have vacated the craft.
An aircraft incident is defined as some event that is not an accident, yet is still related to the use or operation of an aircraft, and that has affected, or could affect, the safety of aircraft operations. Though there may still be injuries associated with an aircraft incident, most injuries are usually reported after an aircraft accident.
If you were injured, or a loved one was injured or killed, in an aircraft accident or incident, our Illinois injury attorneys at The Cates Law Firm, LLC can help you obtain justice and hold the responsible party or parties accountable for causing your injuries and losses.
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Our attorneys have extensive experience dealing with aviation accident claims in Illinois and throughout the United States. We are familiar with the laws that will enable you to recover compensation for your losses. We will help you understand the law and what kind of claim may benefit you most.Contact us today at 618-277-3644 to let us begin working for you.
Investigating Your Aviation Accident
An important part of your aviation injury case is the investigation into the circumstances and cause of your accident. The government investigates aircraft accidents, and the results of that investigation may form the basis for your case. However, an independent investigation may be useful as well. Our aviation accident lawyers can explain your case and the investigation process. We’ll be with you through the entirety of your case — from the investigation through the trial of your case if that’s the best option for you.
- Aircraft Accident Causes — Learn more about the various causes of aircraft accidents and the investigation process, as well as how it can be beneficial to contact an aviation accident lawyer early on to protect your rights.
How Our Illinois Aviation Accident Lawyers From The Cates Law Firm, LLC Can Help
Aviation accident cases are much more complex than a case involving a car accident or another type of personal injury. In addition to Illinois law, many aspects of aviation are governed by federal laws that must be considered in cases involving injuries caused by an aircraft accident.
Because of the complicated intersection of different types of state and federal laws and regulations in an aviation injury case, it’s important that you seek representation from a team of attorneys who understand the nuances of the law and have experience handling this type of case. In addition to legal complications, aviation cases can involve very technical evidence that requires analysis by experts.
At The Cates Law Firm, LLC, our Illinois aviation accident lawyers have the resources to fully pursue your case to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries. We have access to aviation and engineering experts who can testify in support of your case, and we’ll examine every detail of your claims and injuries so that we can fight for the maximum available compensation for your injuries.