Static stats on general aviation deaths bother NTSB official

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2015 | Wrongful Death

There are many different ways a person can die. If the cause is due to natural events, the loss may be felt deeply, but the grief can be easier to work through. If the cause is the result of some accident and attributable to another person’s negligence the anguish may be stronger, stymieing loved ones from understanding the options for pursuing compensation through a wrongful death action. That right can be protected by contacting an experienced attorney.

Motor vehicle accidents often trigger these kinds of cases. Most of the time, they involve cars, trucks and motorcycles, all vehicles that operate on the ground. But air travel is not uncommon in Alabama and much of the rest of the United States, and there is some concern among some in the safety field about the numbers of deaths that result from plane crashes.

Commercial jet disasters are the ones that get the most media coverage, but an official with the National Transportation Safety Board says he’s more concerned with the rate of deadly accidents involving private pilots. He notes that while commercial carriers have reduced accident rates by about 80 percent in the past decade, rates for general aviation have remained flat.

One NTSB safety engineer notes that the figures are deceiving, propped up by the good work that commercial airlines have done and good improvements in reduced corporate and business jet crash fatalities. Meanwhile, he says the accident rate for personal pilot flights have gone up 20 percent since 2002 and death rates are up 25 percent.

In the end, it does not matter what type of vehicle a person may be in when a fatal crash occurs. If it can be shown that another’s negligence was to blame, legal action may be justified.

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